Flexitarian - what it really means.
Nutrition is a sexy topic, everybody wants to be involved with it in some way. We all eat and therefore we all have opinions on what is correct and what is not.
I firmly believe people should choose what truly nourishes their body, physically and spiritually. For some this means choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet, whilst others may require meat and animal products to feel completely nourished.
Regardless of your beliefs, choosing real whole foods that you believe will serve your body will enhance wellness. For those of you who have specific allergies or intolerances you will know what I mean about particular foods which do and do not serve us.
The ‘Flexitarian’ (sometimes referred to as semi-vegetarian or cheating vegetarian) approach to eating encourages increasing your consumption of plant foods and having more meatless meals.
It supports having a strong connection to your body and what it needs. Some days a pure vegetarian diet might serve you beautifully, whilst on another day it might not feel like enough, and that is okay. It allows you to consider what and when your body needs particular foods.
A Flexitarian diet allows you to reap the enormous number of health benefits associated with eating nutrient dense plant foods and removes the restrictions other diets can place on you.
Whether you have more meat eating days than vegetarian days, it doesn’t matter. Small changes are great; especially when you are new to this way of eating and experimenting with new non-animal sources of protein.
However for those eating a diet high in red and processed meat keep in mind the World Cancer Research Fund International recommends that red meat consumption be kept below 500 grams per week whether you are flexitarian or not.
This approach provides the luxury of being able to make small changes towards healthy wholesome eating; especially when you are new to this way of eating and experimenting with new non-animal sources of protein.
Flexitarianism is essentially describing healthy eating, which arguably doesn’t then require a label. By labelling it this way it becomes a diet, a title we tend to avoid when working with clients to incorporate healthy dietary habits.
The Flexitarian approach suits almost everyone wanting to eat more healthfully or those slowly transitioning into vegetarianism or veganism. If you are a committed vegan or vegetarian and you find that serves you well then stick with that; for some, the comfort of knowing you are eating in alignment with your beliefs can be truly nourishing. For others choosing foods that you feel will best nourish your body whilst having the extra freedom can prevent the disappointment and often self-deprecation that comes with failing to adhere to a strict diet plan.
So if you want to increase the sexy in your nutrition, give semi-vegetarianism a try; you can enjoy your falafels AND your roast lamb judgement free.
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