Myth 2: You have to go full vegetarian or vegan.
Good news for anyone who enjoys a burger every now and then: One of the biggest misconceptions of a plant-based diet is that you have to eat ONLY plants, says Blatner. While yes, a plant-based diet is mostly plants, the key word is "mostly." Blatner adds, "There can still be room for other things like meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, and fish" and that allowing some flexibility in your diet can both benefit your health and help you stay consistent.
While a diet based in plant foods (even if not 100 percent based in them) is good for you, nutrition is not one size fits all. Megan Roosevelt, RDN and founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com, recommends paying attention to how you feel as you start eating more plant-based. "Depending on your personal health needs and goal, you may feel best eating more of a Pegan (Paleo/Vegan) blend or a 100 percent vegan diet, in both of which the goal is that the majority of your diet is rich in plant foods," she says.