Want to Stop Eating Meat? 10 Healthy Tips to Go Vegetarian

The health benefits of becoming a vegetarian are numerous -- a lower risk of diabetes and cancer, better heart health -- and making the transition is easier than you think. Here's how (11 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Jan 2, 2013 at 2:45PM

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Want to Stop Eating Meat? 10 Healthy Tips to Go Vegetarian

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Start Slowly

Adopting a vegetarian diet -- a plant-based diet that eliminates all meat -- doesn't have to happen overnight, says registered dietitian Toby Smithson, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It’s more doable to begin on a small scale.” Start by eating one meatless meal per week (more if that works for you), then increase your vegetarian meals until meat is entirely gone from your diet. To plan meals, try these meatless recipes from iVillage or check out websites such as Eat Right for meal ideas.

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