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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle

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1/3/2013 9:40:29 AM

TIEDYED69PEACE's SparkPage
I consciously choose not to eat meat as much as possible. I may buy some form of meat this year maybe five times. Some months, I may only eat two meat dishes. Others, like during the holidays, I eat more. However, I strive to not eat meat, and may someday just become a vegetarian. I consider myself flexitarian, and I'm proud of it. I strive to be what I feel is a consistent flexitarian: choosing to not eat meat whenever possible, but remaining flexible so that, for example, I can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal without having to fight with my family who wouldn't understand my viewpoints or enjoy freshly caught fish my dad was proud to have hooked. Some may see this labeling as pointless, most of which I've noted are people that sometimes don't eat meat, but on a more random or unintentional basis. That's fine with me if it's fine with you. However, the label isn't pointless to me, because I have labelled myself, and the label gives me more motivation to keep up with my goals. Just because you ate cheerios for breakfast and didn't throw hunks of sausage in the bowl but then chose a chicken quesadilla for lunch doesn't mean you are flexitarian, but it doesn't mean you need to criticize my (and other flexitarians') beliefs either. If you don't want to be labelled as flexitarian, then don't label yourself as it.
6/12/2012 2:10:46 AM

CZC1917's SparkPage
I gave up meat for lent this year, and I did it completely the wrong way. I filled in the gaps with all the wrong food (cheese, cheese, and cheese), and (with school and everything) completely undid all of the hard work I'd done the previous summer. Maybe I'll take another go at this, but step by step.
6/10/2012 12:27:48 AM

TIGER-PLUSHIE's SparkPage
I'm living proof that not all vegetarians are lean and healthy. I've been strict vegetarian for YEARS and my weight has yo-yo'd like anyone else's would with an unhealthy diet. A lot of popular junk food is vegetarian; cake, cookies, etc. Not to mention, the soy meats are horribly processed junk with loads of sodium in them.

I went VEGAN (no meat, dairy or eggs) for half a year once and lost over 30lbs with no exercise. I felt amazing too, but cheese and ranch dressing were my downfall. I should really try veganism again someday, maybe even raw vegan or fruitarianism.
5/23/2012 4:26:36 PM

SKATER787's SparkPage
LOL at RAVENGIRL's comment. She knows what she's talking about.

5/18/2012 10:35:30 AM

RAVENGIRL103's SparkPage
Tofurkey? Really? Not all vegetarians eat that processed garbage. This is why people react the way negatively to this particular lifestyle. I might as well eat fast food then eat that. UGH! Why not just promote a whole foods lifestyle instead?
DEB_LEA
4/24/2012 8:31:07 AM

Check our Mark Bittman's "Food Matters" book. He makes a good case for eating less meat and provides lots of great recipes. Michael Pollan has written several books that shed light on the food industry and has developed "Food Rules".... "Eat Food", "Mostly Plants" , "Not too much".

4/6/2012 8:59:39 PM

TARABEAR86's SparkPage
There is no such thing as "humane" slaughtering. If I said that I was going to humanely murder you, would you be cool with that? My guess is probably not. There is no "eating in moderation" when it comes to meat either. Flesh is not a food group.
4/6/2012 12:54:32 PM

JENG829's SparkPage
"I love how whenever vegetarianism is brought up people who lack the willpower, discipline, care, or whatever to try it out get all up and arms and try to discredit the entire article. As if that changes the fact that this article is really just about incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet. "

Um, have to disagree with you on that... unless you call my 10 years meat-free as lacking willpower. No need to be condescending or rude about why people are attempting to discredit the article... have you thought that maybe the article is not accurate and relies on biased information? The article says a lot more than "eat more veggies"... if that's all it said, I would completely agree. Instead it talks of the benefits of avoiding meat, to which I do disagree and for good reason.

In the end, I will also get a steak and big helping of veggies, so maybe we agree... although I may have more than 4 ounces of steak. :)
3/18/2012 11:51:04 PM

MIRIAMBROWN35's SparkPage
I have two sister in laws who are vegetarian. When one came to visit I prepared in advance trying out vegan dishes on my family so I could cook food they could eat. We chose the tastiest meals and I practiced them. When my sister in law came she pushed the food around on her plate and several times went out to eat right after dinner. I was hurt that I tried so hard to please her and she didn't like my food. My other sister in law on the other side of the family did much the same thing, eating granola bars she had brought. The other members of the family loved the food so I wonder what the problem is. I used all foods that I either grew in my garden and organic seasonings and salt and stuff that was not animal based. Perhaps it would be easier just to let them eat their granola bars and go to McDonalds and not put so much effort into it.
3/14/2012 7:35:58 AM

CHASINTHEDRAGON's SparkPage
I love how whenever vegetarianism is brought up people who lack the willpower, discipline, care, or whatever to try it out get all up and arms and try to discredit the entire article. As if that changes the fact that this article is really just about incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet.
You can complain about the difference between a pescatarian, flexitarian and a vegetarian, I'll just worry about getting the 4 ounce steak instead of the 16 and add a big pile of vegetables on the side.
3/2/2012 7:11:34 PM

EGALITAIRE's SparkPage
On a related note - finding causation in any epidemiological study is fraught with problems. Epidemiology should only be used to look for correlations not causation. As a simple example - people with diabetes are generally overweight. Does diabetes cause people to be overweight or does being overweight cause diabetes? Making a health decision based on that data could very well be misdirected. Just sayin'
3/2/2012 6:32:22 PM

EGALITAIRE's SparkPage
Quote from the article - "According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, vegetarians have lower rates of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and asthma." Compared to what other group - people who eat a Standard American Diet? Well not wonder vegetarians are healthier, so is most of the developed world.

Apparently there are 5 million vegetarians in the US who, as an aggregate, have lower rates of some diseases. This statistic has reference bias written all over it - vegetarians by definition are mindful eaters - they think about what goes into their mouths. I am sure we could find another group of 5 million Americans who are also mindful eaters who happen to include meat in their diets and are as healthy or healthier than the 5 million non-meat eaters.

In reality health and nutrition is so complex it is almost impossible to account for, or control, all the variables and confounders in any given piece of research. Promoting a meatless diet as being healthier is bad science. If you want to suggest people try it and see how it works for them, I have no quarrel with that, but please hold off on the unfounded, unproven statements about what is healthier - we all know the results of the "fat is bad" message from a few years ago. Oops, turns out we need fat - who knew?
3/2/2012 5:49:27 PM

JENG829's SparkPage
This article might be somewhat credible if it did not quote the PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) which is a well known purveyor of vegetarian propaganda. I understand many people are evangelical about their diets, but really, being vegan or vegetarian does not suit everyone as some folks will not thrive on it. This whole meatless Monday & meat-out day junk is annoying to me...

I do occasionally eat meals without meat, and don't care what it is called. I do eat meat, fish, eggs, and it has helped me restore my health after 10 years being vegetarian/vegan that made me very ill (and fat!).

I say, if you enjoy eating a veg diet and continue to have good health on it, then by all means keep it up! If not, do not let anyone make you feel guilty for eating meat. But then, SP has a book to sell, so they are pushing veg left & right.
SPARKYGONE
3/2/2012 11:59:19 AM

All these eating type labels are lame and basically mean the same thing.

Flexitarians? Part-time vegetarians? Omnivore? All the same thing. I don't intentionally skip eating meat, but I have plenty of meals that don't include meat.

This morning I had an apple, banana, orange smoothie for breakfast. Does that make me a Flexivegan?

Yesterday, I had a bowl of cheerios in milk for breakfast, but a chicken quesadilla for lunch. Does that make me a Flexitarian?

I don't need to label and sort my eating habits. I try to eat healthy and that's the important thing. Whether that makes me an omnivore, and Flexitarian, a Part-Time Vegetarian, a Weekend Vegan, or an Part-Time-Omni-Flexi-Pesca-Vegan-Tarian is pointless organizing and labeling.

I just want to be healthy.
3/2/2012 11:48:08 AM

ARDUINNA's SparkPage
I'm sorry, I still can't tell the difference between an omnivore & a flexitarian. Just because I eat meat, doesn't mean I have to have it with every meal...
Side note: my father has some heart probs. My parents are among those who do tend to eat meal with every meal. I suggested to my mother that they should try a vegetarian meal once or twice a week. She said they were...they had fish or chicken!

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