August is back to school month so we are going back to school to learn all about the Flexitarian Diet.
FLEX SCHOOL SYLLABUS
It’s a 5-Part Series…
Week 1: Flexitarian 101
Week 2: Flex Foods: What do you eat?
Week 3: How to Build a Flex Plate
Week 4: Flex Meals & Swaps
Week 5: Common Flex Mistakes & Fixes
Get excited! This is gonna be fun!
LESSON 1: FLEXITARIAN 101
WHAT IS THE FLEXITARIAN DIET?
A flexitarian = flexible vegetarian.
Flexitarians (like me!) eat mostly plants, but still eat some meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish.
Being a flexitarian is good for someone who wants the health benefits of eating plant-based, without having to follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet.
I wrote The Flexitarian Diet in 2009 to show the world that flexibility makes it easier (and more fun) to be a vegetarian.
U.S. News & World Report ranks The Flexitarian Diet the #2 diet plan for improving overall health. And #1 for weight loss & diabetes.
WHY SHOULD YOU FOLLOW A FLEXITARIAN DIET?
Compared to other eating styles, Flexitarian diets tend to be higher in:
vitamins & minerals
You’ll learn a lot over this next month, but if you’re excited to start flexing ASAP…
Here are 3 quick starter tips:
1. Reportion your plate.
Instead of cutting out meat/poultry, just cut down the amount & add more vegetables.
2. Make protein swaps.
Swap out meat/poultry sometimes & swap in beans or lentils. Think lentil tacos instead of beef or edamame stir-fry instead of chicken.
3. Test new recipes.
Try one new vegetarian recipe each week. At the end of the year, that’s 50+ new veggie meals (and some will be so good they’ll end up in your regular rotation.)