People choose a vegetarian diet for many reasons, including health benefits — to help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer — and the environmental and cost-savings benefits.
If you are considering whether a vegetarian diet may be right for you, it’s important to plan for the transition. Mallory Doolan, a registered dietitian at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, and Patti Ennis, a registered dietitian and manager of clinical nutrition at Sharp Chula Vista, share these four tips for transitioning to a vegetarian diet.
Plant-based diets include:
Try experimenting with these different types to see which one you prefer.
Key nutrients to incorporate include:
Remember that the transition to a fully plant-based diet will take time. Try different recipes, read up on vegetarianism and decide what works best for you.
“Sustainable changes happen over time,” says Doolan. “If you are contemplating a change or have more questions about a vegetarian diet, consider meeting with a registered dietitian for a more specialized and specific diet plan.”
And if you are looking for meal inspiration, you can find some delicious vegetarian recipes on Sharp Health News.
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