Is the Flexitarian Diet Right for You? - The Gateway to a Healthier You
There are a ton of diet crazes going around the internet. Some people restrict their diet for health reasons, while others have moral reasons for omitting certain food groups from their diet. Whatever your reason is, you still need to eat, and hopefully make it taste good too! The problem with restrictive diets arise from the sustainability. It might be easy to be gluten-free for a week but when you’re out with friends and dessert is a delicious looking gluten-filled chocolate cake temptation might take over. Enter the Flexitarian Diet.
What is the Flexitarian Diet?
A Flexitarian diet is a semi-vegetarian option that can be more sustainable than completely removing meat from your diet. Flexitarians will eat smaller portions of meat or only eat meat during certain time periods.
What are the benefits of following a Flexitarian Diet?
There are a ton of benefits to following a vegan, vegetarian, or semi-vegetarian diet. The processes of manufacturing meat products is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. By cutting out meat from your diet, you aren’t just helping yourself, you’re also helping the planet! Speaking of helping yourself, consuming less or no meat leaves more room for healthy fruits, vegetables, and non-meat proteins like beans and lentils. Eating more fruits & vegetables means you’ll be getting more dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This in turn means a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and bone loss.
But I can still eat meat?
Yes, in moderation or smaller servings. You can still get protein from lean beef, chicken, and fish. Some people eat vegan or vegetarian before 6pm and then have a hearty serving of a lean meat with their dinner. Others follow a #meatlessmonday approach, eating vegetarian on Mondays only. Another option might be to have 2-4 ounces of a lean meat with any given meal. This is a sustainable way to improve your health and help the environment all while still being able to eat your favorite meats.
So how do I start?
It’s important that you are getting enough calories (about 2,000) each day. Be sure you’re eating enough. If you’re removing meat for most of your diet, replace it with fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole-grains. Make sure you’re getting enough protein from other sources like beans, legumes, nuts, lentils, and leafy greens. Start slow, listen to your body, and make sure to get about 30 minutes of exercise a day! It’s that simple.
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