A Vegetarian Diet: Is It Right for You?

Ever since Beyonce and Jay Z announced to the world that they were undertaking a 22-day vegan plant-based cleanse, the term “plant-based diet” has garnered as much attention as Lady Gaga’s costumes. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from or undertake a plant-based diet for yourself. It’s a way to benefit the planet, vary your diet and save money. Find out about the different types of plant-based diets, including tips for tasty treats.

Vegan or Vegetarian?

Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarians typically eat dairy and eggs. Variations include dairy only or eggs only. Plan on lots of veggies, fruit, legumes, beans, nuts and whole grains to supplement your vegetarian diet. You may want to add a B-12 supplement, so talk with your doctor to determine the right amount for you.

Vegan Diet

Want to try the vegan version of plant-based diets? Omit dairy and eggs and go for a variety of grains, such as quinoa; legumes, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocado. Try brown rice mixed with beans for a protein boost.

Flexitarian Diet

If you want room to indulge in an occasional burger dinner or tuna salad lunch (or perchance bacon at breakfast?), this might be the plan for you. Trying to lose weight? One variation includes specific calorie counts in a 3-4-5 plan:

  • 300 calories for breakfast
  • 400 for lunch
  • 500 for dinner
  • two 150-calorie snacks

Plant-Based Foods for Feasts

Now that you know the basics of each type of plant-based diet, let’s talk about tips for what to include:

Supplement note: You also should talk to your doctor about a B-12 supplement and, depending on your gender and age, calcium plus vitamin D.

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,  Natural Health  magazine,  Shape  magazine,  Success  magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,  Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Healthmagazine,Shapemagazine,Successmagazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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