As I was looking for the proper sources for some articles to republish, I came across an interesting trend: flexitarians. Those who have read my post on root chakra food and so on, know that I like to stick to a vegan diet, BUT I may eat organically farmed meat or cheese now and then. I blame it on my health, the sun and the moon.
Fact is that after a while of mixing the few vegetable that I can digest in as many ways as I can, I will refuse to eat another vegan meal, and allow myself to fall victim to cravings for meat or cheese. After one or two meals I go back to my vegan diet easily.
The interesting thing is that I do not even like meat. I always have to boil it and then clean it, before I can prepare it for my meal. If the gen-tech mafia and chemical war criminals could just back away from OUR food and water, I would not need to eat meat. Yes, I blame MonSanto too. After the sun and the moon.
So, as I keep my diet mostly vegan, I am not strictly vegan. To find that I am not original in the concept. I seem to belong to a group of people who get labeled flexitarians. Only seemingly, because there is only mention of vegetarian diets, not vegan. But, then again, most people do not care for the further distinction. Vegetarians are “weird” enough as it is. And as I eat meat or cheese about twice a month, ‘not eating meat on Monday’ is not an issue for me. (Why Monday? “Weird.” I thought depressions peaked on Monday!)
Enough about my vegan root case. Here is one of many articles floating about on the Internet.
Pros and Cons of the Flexitarian Diet
By Sandra Markcrow (2012)
Specific Health Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet
- Reduced Risk of Heart Disease, Heart Attack and or Stroke
Bad cholesterol mostly found in meats and dairy products cause fatty plaques to build up on the walls of arteries. The heart has to work so much harder to pump blood through these arteries which leads to high blood pressure. Eventually these fatty plaques can occlude the flow of blood through these arteries leading to heart attack and or stroke. A diet rich in plant based foods helps to keep bad cholesterol levels in the blood to a minimum and radically reduces the risk of heart disease, hypertension, heart attack and or stroke.
- Rich in Antioxidants
Foods derived from plants are generally very rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants destroy free radicals in the body which are the cause of many disease processes including cancer.
- Weight Loss
On the flexitarian diet you will more than likely be eating fewer calories per day without starving. Plant based food are generally lower in calories so you can eat more without packing on the pounds. The flexitarian diet also will satisfy your hunger quicker and boost your energy levels. The boost energy will allow you to be more active and burn even more calories. People on the flexitarian diet usually lose up to 30 pounds over a 6 to 12 month period.
- Increase Your Lifespan
It has been scientifically proven that vegetarians increase their life span to nearly four years more than non vegetarians. By eating less meat, flexitarians can also benefit from extending their life spans.
- Save you Dollars
Meats are more expensive than vegetables and more environmentally destructive. You will notice a big difference in your weekly food expenses by following the flexitarian diet and help the environment also.
Specific Negative Factors of the Flexitarian Diet
- The Need For Protein
Most of our protein is derived from meat. Protein and amino acids are important fundamental nutrients required by the body for many bodily functions. Flexitarians would need to include eggs and whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, tofu, soy milk and barley.
- The Need to be More Creative in Cooking
People undertaking the flexitarian diet need to be more creative in the kitchen, when comes to preparing and cooking vegetables. Researching new vegetable recipes can help to overcome any boredom in the daily diet. Adding whole grains, nuts and seeds, fruits, herbs and spices, dressings and sauces can help please the palate.
- Overcoming the Meat Cravings
Initially overcoming cravings for meats can be difficult but given time these cravings do subside. Replacing meat with beans, mushrooms and tofu can help in overcoming cravings.
In conclusion, if you have been eating meat all your life and wish to commence on the flexitarian diet, take baby steps first. Try including one vegetarian dish, as a main meal once a week to begin with. Slowly increase your vegetarian meals to one day a week and then increase in steps up to 5 days a week. Vegetarians tend to be healthier than meat eaters requiring less visits to the doctor, usually weigh much less and tend to live longer. By eating less meat you will help to sustain the environment and be reducing your carbon footprint.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.