A Flexitarian is someone who eats a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally chomps on a burger. Or a really good piece of steak.
If the term Flexitarian wasn’t so obnoxious I’d probably use it to describe myself. I mean, sometimes I drink alcohol, sometimes I don’t. Doesn’t make me a flexiholic. Sometimes I feel like a Nut . Sometimes I don’t. Doesn’t make me an Almond joy, right?
Also, PETA kind of took all the fun away with the following statement. It also makes me kind of wish I was the kind of gal who got satisfaction out of digging into a raw juicy domesticated animal…just because…
“Given the environmental, cruelty and health impact of a meat-based diet, going vegan is best, going vegetarian is good, and being a flexitarian is like smoking two packs of cigarettes instead of ten, beating one pig down the slaughter ramp instead of two, and pouring a pint of gasoline down a drain instead of pouring down a gallon,” says Kathy Guillermo, director of research for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
While I’m sure Ms.Guillermo went on to bash my parenting, clothing and sex choices I was too busy trying to wipe her smugness out of my eyes to catch it all…
I used to be a meat eater who threw in the occasional vegetable but accidentally turned into a vegetarian who eats meat occasionally. Which sounds sort of the same but isn’t really. I think the main difference is the mentality shift, recognizing that a plant based diet is healthier for me and the environment but not quite willing to give up my brother in laws kick ass chicken wings.
Also, I’m too lazy to be a vegetarian. And until I figure out – and address – the cause of my overeating tendencies, I’d be that vegetarian – the one who lives on potato chips, cheesewhiz and white bread.
But for the last two weeks I have had the luxury of having my meals prepared for me by Rose-Ann at Chefanista and truly feel the difference. I think the combination of portion controlled meals – but the right kind – and an absence of all red meats is what’s contributing to my almost annoying high energy levels. This weeks meals included dishes like eggplant parmigan, asian noodle salad, shrimp fritters and roasted pear with vanilla yogurt and pecan crisp. There have been the occasional chicken dish but those feel like the exception, with fish and tasty legumes making up the general diet.
For anyone interested in learning more, I’ve watched a few documentaries lately on this topic. While the information was compelling there was definitely a propaganda vibe to most of them. Enjoy with a grain of salt [preferably organic salt and don’t even think of adding steak to the salt}:
- Fork Over Spoon
- Food Inc
- Food Matter
- Fast Food nation
- Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead