Do you consider yourself a vegetarian with carnivorous benefits? Then you just might be a flexitarian.
Although this term sounds bizarre, it does make a bit more sense than using the oxymoronic term meat eating vegetarian. Although the word is new to me, it was actually coined by a Texas restaurateur to describe the food served up at her cafe as "flexitarian." You could also think of the terms as meaning semi-vegetarian.
The flexitarian diet is mainly plant based like a vegetarian diet, but with only a handful of one's weekly meals containing meat. The American Dietetic Association believes a quarter of Americans fit this relatively new category since they consume meatless meals at least four days a week. This nutritional philosophy makes great sense to me and I admit I find myself eating less and less meat weekly. By limiting meat consumption to just three days a week, you know for a hit of lean protein, and centering meals around fruits, veggies and grains, you're probably going to eat the recommended 5 to 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
So, do you consider yourself a flexitarian? Tell me in the comment section below.