Vegetarian and Vegan Guide

So you're thinking about becoming a vegan or vegetarian? It can be a bit scary thinking about a dietary change, but going meatless is well worth the effort!   Before taking the plunge into the nonPollan'>Omnivore's Dilemma. To get started, you'll need to know the difference between a Vegetarian and a Vegan. While a vegetarian does not eat meat, a vegan does not eat anything produced by an animal, including dairy products and eggs.

Vegetarian Diet

A general vegetarian diet excludes direct meat products. There are also several subcategories of vegetarianism. * Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: This type of vegetarian will eat milk and egg products but does not eat any sort of animal flesh or meat including fish.  * Lacto-Vegetarian: This is a person who eats milk products but does not eat eggs or any animal meat including fish. * Pescatarian: This is a person who does not eat any type of meat with the exclusion of fish.  Once deciding what type of vegetarianism you're interested in, there are tons of alternative foods out there! Boca makes wonderful veggie burgers and vegetarian cookbook for some more ideas. If you decide to become a vegetarian, it is usually beneficial to include protein supplements and/or vitamins in your daily diet. While it's not difficult to get the recommended amount of protein, it will take a little awareness. Try Special K makes some of the better tasting (and better priced!) bars. 

Vegan Diet

A vegan diet is much stricter than a vegetarian one. It excludes all meat, egg and dairy products. Because of this, vegans often have to search out alternative cooking methods and ingredients. But don't fear, it's much easier than it sounds! meat loaf (sans meat of course).

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* Vegetarian Christmas Buying Guide: Learn how to do a Christmas feast, vegetarian style! * Vegan and Vegetarian Meals: Here are some great meal suggestions and recipes. * Vegetarian Resources: Great place to start learning about vegetarianism