Vegetarian and Special Diets

Vegging Out: Tips on Switching to a Meatless Diet

Becoming a vegetarian — especially if you've been a lifelong carnivore — isn't always easy. Your best bet? Switch to a vegetarian diet in steps.

Well-planned vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate and provide many health benefits. See vegetarian meal ideas, food sources of important nutrients, vegetarian terms and more.

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    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

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