UT University Health Services

Vegetarianism

There are many reasons why people chose to become vegetarian and there are different types of vegetarianism. When done right, following a vegetarian diet can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

The different types:


Semi-Vegetarian: Will eat everything except red meat
LactoOvoPesco-Vegetarian: Will eat dairy, fish, and eggs, but no other animal sources.
LactoOvo-Vegetarian: Will eat dairy and eggs, but no fish or meat.
Lacto-Vegetarian: Will eat dairy but no eggs, fish or meat.
Vegan: Will eat only foods from plant sources.

How to be a healthy vegetarian:

  • Don't forget the basics. Vegetarians need variety and moderation like everyone else.
    Incorporate variety
    Eat moderate portions throughout your day
    Make sure to stay adequately hydrated, especially when eating high fiber foods.
  • Make an effort to incorporate a protein source at most meals and snacks.
    Examples: nuts/ nut butters, yogurt, tofu, beans, cheese, seeds, milk, eggs, soy products
  • Prevent iron deficiency by eating fortified grains, spinach, egg yolks, almonds, and soybeans.
  • Most vegans will need B-12 shots to prevent developing a Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
  • Include calcium-rich foods for bone health. Dairy, calcium-fortified juice, leafy greens, and fortified soy products provide calcium. (Strict vegans may need to take a calcium supplement.)
downloadHealthy Vegetarian Handout (PDF)

download adobe reader

Nutrition Links

Additional Nutrition Topics
Registered Dietitian Consultations
Mindful Eating Program
Nutrition Handouts
Nutrition Peer Led Workshops
Hunger and food insecurity - UT Outpost



hours Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm by appointment Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm
by appointment
512) 471-4955 (512) 471-4955
email uhs Email UHS

University Health Services is committed to providing high-quality care to patients of all ages, races, ethnicities, physical abilities or attributes, religions, sexual orientations, or gender identities/expression.

LOCATION

100 West Dean Keeton
Student Services Building (SSB)

FOLLOW US

go here to access our facebook channel go here to access our twitter channel go here to access our instagram channel


SPECIFIC QUESTIONS?

Incoming Students
International Students
Dell Medical Students
LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Healthcare
Parents
Faculty and Staff


CAMPUS PARTNERS

40 Acres Pharmacy
Counseling and Mental Health Center

university of texas at austin university health services