What is it?
Flexitarianism is minimising the consumption of meat without excluding it. So it’s like an 80/20 vegetarian/carnivorous split. The concept leapt into the public consciousness after the clan McCartney (Paul, Stella and Mary) launched Meat Free Monday in 2009 encouraging people to drop meat one day a week (at least) for health and to help reduce our carbon footprint. As a lifestyle choice, flexitarianism has taken its fair share of criticism but its image has taken a radical u-turn for the better. Eating less meat means you can spend more money on better quality, free-range, organic meat, it means you eat more vegetables, you can commit to a healthier diet but still join in the meat-fest when you want to. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
Health benefits of following it:
Flexitarianism is a diet plan focused mainly on nutritious vegetables, pulses and fruits while still getting the benefits of iron and protein from meat and fish when necessary. A 2015 study found that a semi-vegetarian diet effectively lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
None. If you maintain a balanced flexitarian lifestyle – consuming 80% vegetables, grains and healthy carbohydrates and 20% meat and fish, you really can’t lose.
10 foods you should eat:
You’ll have to compensate for reducing your meat intake and therefore the amount of protein you put in your body; beans, eggs, lentils, nuts, peas, seeds, and tofu, are good supplements. Swipe white bread and rice for whole-wheat bread and brown rice. And remember that the flexitarian diet plan is one step behind the vegetarian diet so lots of veggies and fruits.
Who to follow:
A little helping hand:
Our own Kelly Marks, PA to the editor-in-chief, wanted to give the flexitarian diet a go. She turned to the professionals at Fresh Fitness Food for a helping hand:
“The perfect meal delivery service for any fitness foodie. If you struggle with meal prep and find it difficult to eat clean whilst leading a busy-working life, it might be worth giving this a go. The FFF team pride themselves in convenience, nutrition and customer service, ensuring that your food is as personalised and delicious as can be. My favourite meal so far was my Matcha Protein Waffle breakfast! I could definitely NOT make these at home”.
“The team have also been checking in with me every couple days to make sure everything is up to my satisfaction and to see how my journey is coming along. Although these seem a bit small upon delivery (I guess they are dependent on what programme you select) their incredibly high in nutrition and keep you full… also the snacks are to die for… Sweet Potato Protein Brownie… can you even? It actually doesn’t taste like sweet potato at all, just a square of healthy chocolate goodness”.