Flexitarian diet

Flexitarian diet: what is flexitarism?

The origins of the flexitarian regime

While vegetarianism has been practiced for millennia, flexitarism is much more recent. It was in 2003 that the term “flexitarian” appeared in the American dictionary. With the increase in the number of vegetarians in France, flexitarism is becoming more and more widespread, especially as a transitional regime towards vegetarianism.

The main principles of the flexitarian regime

Why eat less meat?

Flexitarians are generally employed for animal welfare, health or ecological reasons. The reduction in meat consumption would also have a positive impact on the prevention of certain cancers of the digestive system (in particular colon cancer).

Authorized foods

All food groups are consumed, it is the frequency of consumption that will vary: cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and fats will be consumed every day while meat and fish will be occasional.

How the flexitarian diet helps you maintain good health

The flexitarian diet may have similarities with the vegetarian diet and therefore the same health benefits (prevention of cardiovascular disease and obesity) but this will depend on the frequency of consumption of meat and fish.

Fatty fish are rich in omega 3 and will cover the need for good quality lipids, on the other hand, too frequent consumption of fatty meats can cancel the protective effect of the cardiovascular system.

Typical one-day menu with the flexitarian regime

Breakfast (breakfast)Wholemeal breadButterJamClementinesLaitCafé
LunchTomato saladTagliatelles
with smoked tofu (or occasionally chicken), cream andmushroomsPlainappleYaurt
SnackBananaSome
almonds
DinnerZucchini
soupSautéed potatoes
Scrambled
eggs
with asparagusCamembert

 

The advantages and disadvantages of the flexitarian regime

Advantages

Easy to follow

With the occasional consumption of meat and fish, the flexitarian diet is extremely easy to follow on a daily basis: the diet is vegetarian most of the time except in cases where there are no vegetable alternatives.

Preserves the environment

Reducing meat consumption will have a positive impact on the environment, even if it is not full-time.

Allows for a smooth transition

Many flexitarians become vegetarians, so it allows them to make a gradual transition without the feeling of a lack of certain foods.

Disadvantage

Variable health benefits

While vegetarianism has many health benefits, flexitarism can approach it if you only eat meat and fish once or twice a week. In addition, it is still important to balance your vegetarian meals so that they cover all protein needs with legumes, for example.

Our opinion on the flexitarian regime

The flexitarian regime is becoming more and more widespread, and this is good news for the environment and the future of our planet. It is a very simple and not very restrictive diet, a good step for those who tend to become vegetarians or vegans.