At Down to Earth, we believe that the single most important thing an individual can do for their health, for the environment, and for the sake of the innocent animals is to adopt a vegetarian diet.

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes."

American Dietetic Association
Position Statement (July 1, 2009)

People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do their part to help improve the environment. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’s natural resources or because we’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.

Types of vegetarian diets:

When people think about a vegetarian diet, they typically think about a diet that doesn't include meat, poultry or fish. But vegetarian diets vary in what foods they include and exclude:

  • Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included.

  • Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs.

  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.

  • Pescatarian diets exclude meat and poultry, dairy, and eggs, but allow fish.

  • Pollotarian diets exclude meat, dairy and fish, but allow poultry.

  • Vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.

Some people follow a semivegetarian diet — also called a flexitarian diet — which is primarily a plant-based diet but includes meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish on occasion or in small quantities.

Regardless of the reason for your interest in a vegetarian lifestyle, our aim is to provide you with all the knowledge and support you need to make an intelligent, informed decision. When you discover the benefits and wonderful side effects of a vegetarian diet, we’re sure you’ll agree that no other step could have as positive an impact on our world or on our own personal lives.

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