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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle

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12/19/2007 11:18:23 AM

RUTHXG's SparkPage
I've been eating this way all my adult life, to save money as well as to stay healthy. Normally I eat a bit of meat only at lunch & sometimes when we go out to eat. However, since I've been tracking my food at SP I've noticed that according to SP guidelines I'm low in protein almost every day. I drink milk every morning, have two slices of meat on a piece of bread at lunch, & often have beans, tofu or scrambled eggs at night. Still my protein is low--& often fats are low as well. Lately I've been ADDING a daily ounce of cheese to my diet to make up my quotas. (By the way, we tried Tofurky at an early Christmas dinner this past weekend, & it didn't score with us for taste or texture. Next year we'll go back to free-range turkey.) All that to say, flexitarianism is VERY worthwhile, but you have to watch your protein levels carefully.
12/19/2007 10:34:44 AM

MICHELLELEE150's SparkPage
Good article! Sometimes I forget there are good meals that don't have meat. I gotta look at those recipes....
12/19/2007 10:31:40 AM

KEEPRUNNING4FUN's SparkPage
Good idea! I love the Meatless Monday website.
12/19/2007 9:34:08 AM

STARMOTHER1's SparkPage
excellent article. I am what I call a quasi Vegaterian. I eat fish and fowl.
12/19/2007 9:20:39 AM

XCSARAH's SparkPage
I think it's a great idea for everyone to cut down their meat consumption... like I tell people, nothing that comes from the animal kingdom contains cholesterol, and most plant-based foods are lower in all the other nasty stuff too.

I lost 40 pounds after converting to vegetarianism and 15 more after going vegan. I found that once I stopped eating meat, I also stopped craving a lot of other unhealthy foods and started enjoying produce more. I imagine even cutting meat consumption in half would really help people along with their weight loss goals! I hope everyone gives it a shot.
12/19/2007 6:49:45 AM

KITTENRADIO's SparkPage
Great article! More people need to read it! Flexitarians, unite! :)

Also, if you're looking for other cookbooks to check out for flexitarian-style eating and cooking, I have always enjoyed Martha Rose Shulman's cookbooks, which are very well-written, with detailed instructions on cutting vegetables. I especially recommend "The Light Basics Cookbook". I learn something new every time I use one of her recipes. She also has a nutritional breakdown of all her recipes.
12/19/2007 6:33:56 AM

MAMA23BEANS's SparkPage
This is the approach I tried before fully converting to a vegetarian diet. I feel wonderful about my health and impact on the evironment and animal welfare. I even got my husband to be a "flexitarian"!!
12/19/2007 6:33:45 AM

MAMA23BEANS's SparkPage
This is the approach I tried before fully converting to a vegetarian diet. I feel wonderful about my health and impact on the evironment and animal welfare. I even got my husband to be a "flexitarian"!!
COLORSCHEMER
12/11/2007 8:56:59 AM

Anything that gets people to step away from the Thickburgers sounds like a great idea to me!
11/16/2007 8:51:32 PM

BEAN4PEAS's SparkPage
I think flexitarian is a good, new, word. Hopefully, it will encourage some folks to go meatless when they choose to.

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