The Flexitarian Diet is a semi-vegetarian style of eating that encourages less meat and other animal products while allowing mostly plant-based foods. There are no specific rules, that’s why it is more flexible than fully vegetarian or vegan diets. But how does it work? Which are the possible health benefits? And can it make a difference? Keep on reading to discover more!
CONSCIOUSLY CUTTING DOWN ON MEAT
The Flexitarian Diet was created by Dawn Jackson Blatner, a dietitian who wanted to encourage people reap the benefits of vegetarian diet while still enjoying animal products in moderation.
Its name is a combination of the words flexible and vegetarian and it doesn’t have clear rules but it’s based on some key principles:
- Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and plant-based foods
- Incorporate meat and animal products from time to time
- Eat the most natural form of foods
- Limit added and sweets
Being a flexible diet, some people following this lifestyle may eat more animal products than others. However, the goal is to eat more plant-based foods and less animal products.
CAN IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
As many studies confirmed, meat consumption is harming our planet and a plant-based diet could really benefit the environment. Animal products provide just 18% of food calories and 37% of protein, but use 83% of farmland and create a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, which worsen the serious problem of global warming. Did you know that plant protein uses 11 times less energy than producing animal protein?
Reducing meat and dairy is the most impactful way to help our planet and our own health too! Excessive amount of meat can lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers.
It’s unrealistic to expect everyone to immediately eliminate meat and dairy and become vegan or vegetarian, but the key to change is intentional and conscious reduction of animal products. Reducing a little is still better than not at all! And it yields long-term results!
HOW TO REDUCE MEAT INTAKE?
Do you want to start a flexitarian diet but you don’t know where to start from?
- Experiment with fake meat
In our stores you can find many plant-based “meat” options, from tofu to tempeh to jackfruit. Try to experiment with these meaty textures and flavours following our recipes or your own inspiration! You will soon realise that most of them definitely worth a try and they will help you discover new products and reduce meat intake without sacrificing taste!
- Join The #MeatlessMonday Movement
Meatless Monday is a campaign that encourages less meat consumption by simply not eating meat on Mondays. This is a great and easy way for beginners to cut down on meat. Then, you can challenge yourself to not eat meat several days of the week, or maybe eat meat ONLY on Mondays!
- Avoid processed and red meats
Processed and red meats have high levels of sodium, preservatives and cholesterol which are bad for your health. Choose our vegan alternatives or prefer white meat and fish to red meat.
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