I have decided to change my diet to vegetarian again, specifically lacto-ovo vegetarian, no meat or fish, but still eggs and dairy. I was vegetarian for more than 10 years and then began eating meat again several years ago. I have severe iron deficiency anaemia that both taking iron tablets and/or eating meat hasn't conquered. I am looking for advice on how best to make the switch. I don't eat a huge amount of meat anyway (no pork, chicken maximum once a week, red meat mostly only when I eat out etc.) but should I take it away gradually? I don't eat tofu because I don't like the texture, but I enjoy fruit and veggies a lot and don't have any trouble with a vegetarian diet, except the lack of iron. Any advice on how to best get protein? I had a dietician/nutritionist but she has since left Beijing and I don't want to pay for another one and have to start again with history etc. etc. I know there are several vegetarians on the board, and I am looking more for what to expect when I make the change. Are there any side effects? I had pretty major side effects when I started eating meat, and am hoping there aren't too many when I change back again! Any good recipes would be greatly appreciated too. Sorry, I didn't mean to post this in SS, can a nice mod please move to OTBT! Thanks.