19 July 2012, 15:21

Flexitarians: new meat-eating vegetarians healthy life style

Flexitarians: new meat-eating vegetarians healthy life style

Don’t go cold turkey with meat, no pun intended, but seeing it as more of a side dish than a main course may be a win-win. Being a flexitarian is serving its purpose in kitchens of all classes. Flexitarians are not vegetarians though, since flexers eat meat, however consume a much smaller amount than the average meat eater.

Not that this new information will stop us in our tracks, but rather it validates our current beliefs. A Gallup survey recently discovered that more Americans are worried about obesity. Being excessively heavy is a worthier concern than both cigarettes and alcohol. Here’s one word of advice that may be a kicker for food lovers to digest, lay off the high doses of meat!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) though, the youth of America is not getting the proper fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake their body direly needs. Yet, they are getting too much sodium along with consuming more soda than milk.

“You can tell someone it’s healthy but if they taste it and they don’t like it, they’re not going to stick with it. It’s that simple,” said Bindu Grandhi, author of the flexitarian cookbook Spice Up Your Life: The Flexitarian Way, who shares recipes on her site theflexcook.com. Her recipes hail to herbs and spices and use them so dishes with little or no meat, don’t feel bland.

This way of eating is more plant based than ever, but the message is clear. Fresh legumes, lentils, and greenery on plates instead of heavy meats, can bring lavish benefits to an eaters’ stomach and possibly burdening health

“I don’t want to have to take any medications to normalize anything, but some people take medications every day for the rest of their lives to compensate for an imbalance in their body,” said Katharina Knoll, an avid healthy foodie and blogger who goes on delectable adventures trying out new foods and tastes on her blog ohonemorething.net. She would rather have food be her healer, than medicine which may not completely solve the issue at hand.

People who have vegetarian orientated diets have been found to have a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer, which is stated on cancer.org.

As this beneficial trend grows, cookers and experimenters are hopping onto this choosy lifestyle. Here’s how it works, people choose tasty recipes and learn how to cook with mainly healthy grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with some seeds, nuts, herbs, and spices. If a person can’t commit to this all at once, many opt for “Meatless Mondays” where they eat everything but meat on that day.

“So what I find is that when people start to expand the horizon in terms of their choices they, believe it not, tend to enjoy plant sourced foods,” admitted Grandhi

This may be the answer we have been waiting for. Being a vegetarian without the commitment of excluding meat, and moderating the intake of it, could be the uplifting reality shock every health semi-conscious and unconscious, fellow cooker may need.

If a person is one with much desire for the style of eating with no discipline, there is a small piece of advice or two for those. “They can start by buying less amounts,” said Knoll. This way, when the will to stay with it has disappeared, it’s not in the cupboard waiting to be devoured. “See nature dictates that we provide the nutritional fuel to our body rather than what our palette desires, that’s always the war between the two”, said Grandhi. Meat lover or not, giving this flexy lifestyle a chance could be worth a shot after all.

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