What is a Flexitarian, anyway?

by Irina Gonzalez on January 2, 2011

in Finding Motivation,Having Confidence,Random Healthy Thoughts,WELLNESS

I’ve been asked this question a few times lately. And so, I’m going to answer you in a new part-time series I’ll call (for now) “healthy word obsession.”

Russian salad (potato, carrots, beets, peas, & pickle- with mayonnaise dressing)

Well, long story short, a flexitarian is a “semi-vegetarian”. This describes a diet in which a person is not vegetarian but eats less meat than typical. The term is kind of new and has no real widespread definition, but basically I take it to mean someone that eats meat only on occasion (whether that’s once a week, a few times a week, or once a day, etc).

I’ll admit it: some people really don’t like the term. Some people are offended by the term. Other people simply think it’s BS. And I can understand their point.

But for my purposes, this is the perfect term.

I am making a strong effort to eat more veggies and less meat. Why? Partially because I want to be healthier. And mostly because I need to maintain my weight loss for life.

So that’s what it means to me. I’m someone who is making a real effort to eat less meat and a lot more fruits and vegetables.

For now, that means cutting my meat intake to 1 meal a day. Whether it’s for lunch or for dinner, I’ll plan on balancing that with a veggie-full meal the other time. That may mean a salad or that may mean a grain dish or whatever else I can come up with.

Wish me luck!

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