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How To Go Vegetarian (The Healthy Way)

Cutting out meat from your diet can be a daunting process—especially if you’re the kind of person who lives for a medium-rare steak. And if you’ve decided to replace your aforementioned steaks with portobello mushrooms, it can be tough to know where to start.

“Literally everyone can benefit from cutting out meat, especially factory-farmed meat, from their diet,” says Elissa Goodman, certified holistic nutritionist behind the cleanses at healthy LA eateries Cafe Gratitude and M Cafe. “Even if it’s not 100% of the time, just cutting down can be incredibly beneficial from all angles when it comes to health.”

She says eliminating or reducing meat consumption can help reset your hormones, because much of it contains growth hormones, antibiotics and other toxins. “Your hormones are kind of like your human software, and the toxins that build up in meat throw them for a loop. Hormones are responsible for everything from mood to weight loss, so resetting them is one of the best things you can do for overall health,” she explains.

Ready to go vegetarian? Here are Elissa’s top five tips for going meat-free.

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