Vegetarian Diet Plan
People following a vegetarian diet do not eat meat or fish but may continue to eat eggs and dairy products.
A person does not have to eat meat to get all the nutrients they need for good health. A meat-free diet can lead to better health for several reasons.
One reason is that many people who follow a vegetarian diet tend to consume a high proportion of fresh, healthful, plant-based foods, which provide antioxidants and fiber. When a person decides to follow a meat-free diet, they often become more active in making overall healthy choices.
What foods do vegetarians eat?
A vegetarian diet can provide a wide variety of healthful, nutritious foods, but what the person eats will depend on the type of diet they are following and their personal food choices.
There is a variety of diets that come under the umbrella term vegetarian:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians avoid both meat and fish but consume dairy and eggs.
- Lacto-vegetarians consume dairy products but no eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarians consume eggs but no dairy.
- Some people who do not eat meat will eat fish. This is a pescatarian diet, rather than a vegetarian diet.
A vegan diet excludes all animal-based foods.
People following a vegetarian diet must make careful choices about what they eat to ensure that they meet their nutritional requirements. Some people may need supplements and Nutritional Guidance especially the first 3 to 5 months of transition period.