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Flexitarianism - A Flexible Semi-Vegetarian Diet

Nadia GalinovaNadia Galinova

Flexitarianism is a term that has recently been made up to describe the diet of those who eat mostly like vegetarians, but sometimes eat meat. Many people who call themselves flexitarians or semi-vegetarians have given up red meat for health reasons, while others, for environmental reasons, eat only free-range animals or consume only animal products.

Vegetarians do not eat meat. A flexitarian or a semi-vegetarian is not a vegetarian. Many vegetarians strongly oppose the use of the term.

So what is a flexible semi-vegetarian diet? Flexitarianism is used to describe a diet or a person who follows a predominantly vegetarian diet, but sometimes includes meat. There is no standard agreement or definition of what this means; whether flexitarians eat meat once a day, once a week, or only occasionally, depends on the individual.

Those who are against it say that there is no such thing as a semi-vegetarian, just as there is no such thing as a semi-pregnant woman. By a simple definition of terms, you cannot be a carnivorous vegetarian. Just like you can't create a quadrilateral triangle.

All the arguments in favor of adopting a flexible semi-vegetarian diet (health, environment, reduction of resource consumption) can be considered as arguments in favor of adopting a complete vegetarian diet.

With a semi-vegetarian diet, you can lose about 7 pounds in about two months. The main distribution of food should be 25% protein, 25% grain foods and 50% vegetables.

Semi-vegetarian diet

Because the body needs to consume dairy products, this should be done once a day. Meat and fish are consumed up to twice a week and the meat should not be greasy.

A good option is to combine it with high-protein plant-based foods, such as beans and lentils. Sweet temptations are also good to reduce to twice a week and in smaller quantities.



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