Vegetarian and Vegan Diet

  • Author:
    Betty Kovacs, MS, RD

    Betty is a Registered Dietitian who earned her B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition from Marymount College of Fordham University and her M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is the Co-Director and Director of nutrition for the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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What are sources for vegetarian and vegan recipes?

Vegan

http://www.veganrecipes.com/

http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/

Vegetarian

http://www.vegweb.com/

http://www.vrg.org/recipes/

http://vegkitchen.com/

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes/
vegetarian

What is included in the vegetarian food pyramid?

Vegetarian Food Pyramid

Picture of vegetarian food pyramid

What is included in the vegan food pyramid?

Vegan Food Guide Pyramid

Picture of vegan food pyramid

It's important to remember that you can consume too many calories following a vegetarian or a vegan diet. Too much of any food can lead to weight gain and the health problems associated with being overweight. Part of consuming a balanced diet means moderation. You also want to include water and physical activity in your plan. This is about making a healthy lifestyle change and making choices that "feed" your body and mind in the right way.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2015

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