What is the flexitarian diet?
The flexitarian diet is a plant-based diet with the infrequent addition of meat. Defined as: “one whose habitually meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”. Flexitarians can be recognised as flexible-vegetarians, casual-vegetarians or vegi-vores. Quite simply there are certainly not any rules. Some flexitarians will have a meat-free meal once a week while others will rarely eat meat .
The flexitarian diet is increasing in popularity especially with people who do not want to commit to a full vegetarian or vegan way of life. Allowing a flexibility that they can adapt to their lifestyle, social life or health conditions. It is designed to improve nutrition and lower health risks. This meal plan is becoming gradually popular for nature-lovers as it is environmentally-friendly and promotes animal welfare.
The Flexitarian Waistline
The plant-based meals that this diet promotes are typically lower in calories, high in fibre and with a lower percentage of calories from fat.
Avoiding meat at every meal forces you to be creative with meal planning and reduces the amount of saturated fat in one’s diet with increased use of lentils, beans, grains and soy-based proteins like tofu—is a great way to broaden your culinary-horizons.
The Flexitarian Heart – It’s heart healthy.
Diets filled with meat-free meals have been associated with a healthy heart. There are countless studies indicating that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as high blood-pressure, metabolic-syndrome, diabetes and heart disease, considered Western diseases. In countries where more fruits and vegetables are consumed per day, the rate of cancer dramatically reduced.
So a vegetarian lifestyle is not possible? Not to fear, since you can still achieve similar health benefits as a vegetarian if you treat meat as a side-order for the vegetables. The less meat you need to cook, the more time you have for preparing vegetables and fruit, which contain much fewer calories and require little or no-cooking. Stress-free and plentiful, right?