Not quite ready to go full time vegan? A Flexitarian Diet may strike the right balance
The world seems to be trending more towards plant-based alternatives all the time. But for some, the idea of switching to a meat free diet, like vegetarianism or veganism, is too drastic of a choice. How can we both eat healthier, and help the environment? The flexitarian diet may answer that question.
Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, coined the term “Flexitarian”. It focuses on eating a majority of plant-based meals, while not cutting out meat altogether. It is actually similar to the Mediterranean diet, but with more focus on plant-based proteins and less fish.
The diet focuses more on fiber intake, which is excellent for gut health and chronic inflammation. Plant based diets are known to help with digestion, heart health, and brain health. Reducing our meat intake helps reduce our carbon footprint as well, which has been a big push.
To get started, you would try for 6-8 meatless meals a week, with two dairy servings and one egg a day. Or maybe this is just an excuse to try some plant-based protein meals. There is a world of resources on cooking plant based, without the need for frozen meatless chicken nuggets or tofu (not to knock on meatless chicken or tofu).
Not everyone is looking to change their diet, or even ready to think about going plant based. Flexitarianism seems like an interesting and more accessible approach.
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