There are many terms used to identify specific diets or eating patterns. Vegetarian, vegan, and paleo are just a few examples.
If you are considering moving toward a healthier eating style, flexitarianism may be just right for you! The term flexitarian is a combination of two words- flexible and vegetarian. As the word implies, the diet is mostly vegetarian, but still allows you the flexibility of adding in animal protein and dairy products. This style of eating allows for variety, promotes home cooking and experimentation with plant-based protein sources.
Following a flexitarian diet simply means eating more plant-based meals and less meat. Adding in a variety of plant proteins such as nuts, beans and tofu, helps to transition into this style of eating. Many Americans have eased into flexitarianism by enjoying the "Meatless Monday" movement. The health benefits stem from the increase in fiber, variety of colored fruits and vegetables, and a reduction of saturated fats. That means a decrease in health risks like cancer, heart disease, obesity and stroke.
If you are ready to boost your nutrition without drastic changes to your diet, consider this flexible approach to eating. You could lose weight and improve your overall health.
Coaching you to "Feel Better and Live Longer!",
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC