With all the mail I receive from people who are excited about starting the Bone Broth Diet, there’s one question I’m hearing a lot: “Can I do this diet if I’m a vegetarian, a pescetarian, or a vegan?”
The answer is a resounding yes!
While proteins like beef, chicken, and fish are part of the Bone Broth Diet, I’m all about making it work for everyone. I’ve altered this diet quite a few times for patients who choose to avoid many or all animal products, and it still works like a charm.
Here’s how to switch things up if you want to go meat-free:
Let’s start with the broth. I know what you’re thinking: You can’t make bone broth without bones! But actually, you can substitute a rich vegetable broth. If you’re a pescetarian, you can also make a lovely, subtle broth out of fish bones. Just be sure to use a non-oily fish like halibut or tilapia, rather than an oily fish like salmon. Also, cook your broth for only a couple of hours, because fish bones dissolve quickly.
As for the rest of the diet (and just following a meatless regimen in general), make eggs a big part of your diet if you’re a vegetarian. (Remember: Science has shown that eating eggs isn’t bad for your cholesterol.) In addition, you can stretch the basic diet template to include beans and lentils, edamame, full-fat pasture-raised kefir and yogurt, natto, and tempeh. High-quality vegetarian protein mixes, such as hemp or pea protein, are also acceptable as part of the vegetarian protocol.
Avoid veggie chicken wings, soy milk, tofu hot dogs, and related foods. I call these “Frankenfoods” because they’re loaded with unhealthy ingredients.
It may take a little longer to lose extra pounds when you’re substituting beans, lentils, and other high-carb foods for animal proteins, but you’ll still see amazing results. And even without the collagen building blocks from bone broth, you’ll blast your wrinkles with skin-smoothing foods like coconut and avocado. You’ll be slimmer, look younger, and feel more energetic, without having to compromise on your dietary principles.
So don’t get hung up on the “bone” in the Bone Broth Diet; you can still follow along while flying your vegetarian, vegan, or pescetarian flag proudly!
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Note: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.