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Are You a Flexitarian?

A vegetarian diet is chock-full of health benefits. It can help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. It's tough for people to give up meat entirely though, so for beginner vegetarians who can't quite make the full switch, or those who like to eat meat every so often, there's the flexitarian diet. It involves eating fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, and meat-free protein most of the time, but allows your diet to be flexible so you can include meat a few times a week, in social situations, or when traveling. Basically you can reap the benefits of a mostly vegetarian diet, but not feel guilty about indulging in a hamburger at your friend's BBQ. So tell me . . .

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
I thought Jess8902 was funny as well...it's like "Oh, I only beat my OWN kids, so it's o.k." lol. Anyway, I am vegan and will not flip-flop like lots of other "vegetarians". I don't see how you can go back to eating meat once you have stopped. Have you not read anything about it? It's like people that start smoking after quitting for 2 years. But, different strokes...
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 6 years
its either vegatarian or not. no in betweens why do they have to have a saying for what diet you follow?
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
I was a (full, neurotic) vegetarian for three years. I interrogated people about where they had bought the cheese for the veggie lasagna they had cooked and so on and so forth. Then I got annoyed with hearing myself do this and switched back to eating meat. I won't cook meat for JUST me though and 4/7 nights we'll eat entirely veggie meals. My boyfriend doesn't seem to notice he isn't getting his meat quota and I top it up by making him sausage sandwiches to take to work.
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
I was a (full, neurotic) vegetarian for three years. I interrogated people about where they had bought the cheese for the veggie lasagna they had cooked and so on and so forth. Then I got annoyed with hearing myself do this and switched back to eating meat.I won't cook meat for JUST me though and 4/7 nights we'll eat entirely veggie meals. My boyfriend doesn't seem to notice he isn't getting his meat quota and I top it up by making him sausage sandwiches to take to work.
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
The debate over the label is ridiculous. Sure, it's silly and unnecessary, but it's simpler than saying "I almost always eat veggies but occasionally add fish or chicken or ...". A lot of the issue is serious vegetarians and vegans thinking that it's insulting because they actually "stand for something". Most people limiting meat intake stand for health! Any positive change should be lauded, not debated in stupid ways!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
But lilxmissxmolly, some people don't consider a meal complete without meat. There's a huge difference there. I don't care for the people who say, "vegetarian except for..." but it seems like the word flexitarian is an attempt to give them a succinct way to describe their eating habits without stepping on vegetarian toes.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I'm totally behind people who cut back on meat, but as a full-on vegetarian I don't like the label flexitarian because really everyone eats meat in moderation...I don't think anyone has meat with every single meal. I also hate when people call themselves a vegetarian, except for "fish" or except for "chicken".
Jess8902 Jess8902 6 years
Yeah, I eat fish more than anything.. I had pizza last night though. The chicken I eat is from our own happy free range chickens.
almostloli almostloli 6 years
i'm flexible social gatherings make it difficult for me just to eat veggies (ack.. i just made an excuse there! haha)
almostloli almostloli 6 years
i'm flexiblesocial gatherings make it difficult for me just to eat veggies (ack.. i just made an excuse there! haha)
pandacn pandacn 6 years
Labeling is definitely hard! I eat pretty much vegan, except for eggs (free-range or from co-op) and fish occasionally! Fish is great because that's all we need for "animal" protein and I don't feel as guilty eating fish as I would if I ate other types of meat.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I like "almost-herbivore" Lukin. Maybe that's what I'll start calling myself ;)
Lukin Lukin 6 years
I would consider myself about 98% vegetarian. I break for a really good BLT, or restaurants where I was unaware bacon was a part of the meal (like when it's crumbled on top of a salad). I don't call myself a vegetarian, a flexetarian, an almost-herbivore, whatever. I just eat what I want, and if someone is curious enough to ask, I'll just say I pretty much don't eat meat.
laellavita laellavita 6 years
i am a full vegetarian, and have been since i was 12. i honestly don't miss meat in the slightest.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i need a meat fix twice a week, other days i just do without and don't even think about it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Another label? Sweet Goddess can't we be just who we are? Well, just so I could answer I clicked yes, I suppose I would be a flexitarian. I hardly eat red meat anymore. I find myself enjoying fish and poultry more. But fruit and vegetables are my main consumption.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Another label? Sweet Goddess can't we be just who we are? Well, just so I could answer I clicked yes, I suppose I would be a flexitarian. I hardly eat red meat anymore. I find myself enjoying fish and poultry more. But fruit and vegetables are my main consumption.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
Agreed, sy and smacks. I get asked if I'm a vegetarian all the time (I guess I just seem like the type? I don't eat much meat, but I don't bend over backwards to avoid it) and I don't use the word "vegetarian" or "flexitarian" because some people get super annoyed, which seems so dumb.
AFogarty AFogarty 6 years
I have a problem with people who go back and forth with being vegetarian or vegan. I personally am full-on vegetarian, and don't pretend to be anything else. I would never call myself a vegan, or pretend to be one for certain periods of time, and I feel the same about other diets. Pescetarians, for example: I find that almost all pescetarians refer to themselves as veg, but as soon as there's fish on the menu, they'll dig right in. I feel that vegetarianism has a purpose, and I think that people who waver in living veg defeat that purpose. I'm a vegetarian for my own reasons out of respect for animals, and I'm not going to antagonize a person for eating meat, but at least be up front about it. Don't just be a vegetarian for a week just for the sake of saying it to someone. Do it for the right reasons, and do it for something that's important and meaningful to you. It's not a fad diet, it means something.
AFogarty AFogarty 6 years
I have a problem with people who go back and forth with being vegetarian or vegan. I personally am full-on vegetarian, and don't pretend to be anything else. I would never call myself a vegan, or pretend to be one for certain periods of time, and I feel the same about other diets. Pescetarians, for example: I find that almost all pescetarians refer to themselves as veg, but as soon as there's fish on the menu, they'll dig right in. I feel that vegetarianism has a purpose, and I think that people who waver in living veg defeat that purpose. I'm a vegetarian for my own reasons out of respect for animals, and I'm not going to antangonize a person for eating meat, but at least be up front about it. Don't just be a vegetarian for a week just for the sake of saying it to someone. Do it for the right reasons, and do it for something that's important and meaningful to you. It's not a fad diet, it means something.
valancyjane valancyjane 6 years
I'm with a lot of you – I don’t see the need for a special label. As long as there have been peanut butter sandwiches or spaghetti with marinara there have been plenty of meat-free meals. You could probably call me a flexitarian, but it’s not due to any effort on my part – it’s just that I like a lot of things that don’t contain meat. And I feel like to take a label like that should imply some effort.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I agree with Smacks83...why do they need to create a label for people that only eat meat sometimes? Probably most of the whole world only eats meat 2 or 3 times a week...isn't the biological definition of an omnivore (which humans are) an animal that eats both meat and vegetables? Why go farther than that? Who cares if you eat meat every single day or not? That being said, I probably only eat meat once or twice a week max. I eat eggs on the weekends and I do eat dairy products. But I don't call myself a vegetarian or a flexitarian...it just seems ridiculous to me. So, if flexitarians are defined as people that don't eat meat every single day, what the heck do you call a person who DOES eat meat every single day?? Carnivores? Carnitarians? C'mon, let's come up with a good new label for people who eat perfectly normally :P
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