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There are many reasons to follow a vegetarian diet or to introduce more vegetarian meals (or days) into your routine. The three most common reasons people go vegetarian are to improve health, to make more environmentally responsible choices, and to support animal welfare. Following a vegetarian diet can help encourage a more nutrient-rich, clean diet that contributes to greater health and well-being. By abstaining from meat, vegetarians also reduce their environmental impact as meat production (especially beef) is a major emitter of greenhouse gases, a drain on our limited water resources, and a leading cause of rainforest deforestation. As far as animal rights, it goes without saying that vegetarians enjoy the clear conscience of not consuming the meat of another living being.
The production of meat, poultry, and seafood are some of the most environmentally taxing industries on the planet. The energy, water, and space required to raise livestock is around ten times that of plant foods with equivalent caloric value. For example, it takes about 300 gallons of water to produce a pound of tofu as compared to over 1800 gallons for a single pound of beef. Irresponsible fishing practices within the fishing industry, such as trolling and overfishing, have greatly affected the health of our ocean ecosystems. The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates many major marine species populations have halved in size since 1970. Eating a vegetarian diet or more vegetarian meals is one of the biggest impacts a consumer can make for the environmental well-being of the planet.
Rich in nutrients and fiber, vegetarian food supports the maintenance of healthy weight, as part of a calorie-conscious, balanced diet, and regular exercise.
You heard it here first: it's okay to ease in! If you've been eating meat every day for your entire life, nobody is asking you to go cold turkey (erm...no turkey). Start small. You can start with Meatless Mondays, then maybe graduate to a few days a week (we know of a pretty handy meal plan that can make the transition seamless). Some call this approach "reducetarian"–they consciously try to consume less animal product at every turn. Then, before you know it, you'll have all the vegetarian know-how to make it a full-fledged lifestyle change or at least become a committed flexitarian.
A "flexitarian" is different than a vegetarian in that they make their own rules, so to speak. Flexitarians follow a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle but make exceptions for things like Thanksgiving turkey, dinner at a guest's house, or a choosing to order meat dishes perhaps only when eating out. Severe restriction can be a setup for failure (especially when cravings strike) and the notion of "all or nothing" approach is far less likely to succeed than allowing a deviation from the plan every once and a while. You'll need to decide for yourself where you fall on the vegetarian spectrum, but any increase in consumption of plant-based foods can be a win for health and the environment.
Veganism is a more strict subset of vegetarianism. Vegans abstain from all products derived in any way from animals. Whereas most vegetarians consume eggs and dairy, vegans do not–and many vegans even eschew honey, believing its production exploits bees. Vegans consume only foods derived from plants. If you're interested in trying a vegan diet, Sun Basket's Vegan Meal Plan can be found here.
A pescatarian follow the rules of vegetarianism, but occasionally adds fish or other seafood to their diet. Aside from being a good source of protein, many fish have healthful compounds like omega-3 fatty acids. If you would like to try a pescatarian diet, Sun Basket's Pescatarian Meal Plan can be found here.