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What exactly is a “flexitarian diet”?


What exactly is a “flexitarian diet”?

According to the http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/flexitarian-diet

Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: Flexible and vegetarian. The term was coined more than a decade ago,and in her 2009 book, “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life,” registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism – you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.

Flexitarians weigh 15 percent less than their more carnivorous counterparts; have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and live an average of 3.6 years longer.

My husband and I are “flexitarian”. The majority of the week we will eat vegetarian meals and then when we are with friends or out on the weekends we will eat meat with our meals. My husband is a walking testimony to this way of eating. He has been able to keep his blood sugars and his cholesterol low enough that he has been off any medication for 5+ years.

Think about staring with “meatless Monday” and making a bean chili –


Bean Chili -Serves 4

1 can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can low sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can no-salt corn, drained
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp canola oil

Sauté onion, garlic, and green pepper in olive oil for 3-5 minutes or until softened.
Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Serve!

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