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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle


12/1/2015 2:46:47 PM

JIMINYC's SparkPage
I like the article, I already eat this way mostly but it's good to get more tips and ideas for eating healthy.
12/1/2015 11:08:05 AM

Interesting article. I never heard the term Flexitarian before. Not sure that I can be one--I like meat too much to ever give it up. My daughter was a vegetarian for years which caused me to modify some recipes, but I still ate meat.
12/1/2015 9:11:02 AM

RYKA78's SparkPage
My husband has been vegan for a year now. This man never exercised. Now he bikes and runs 6 days a week. And I'm not talking simple strolls he bikes almost 20 miles on his road bike and runs no less than a 3 miles, sometimes 10 miles. So to say that being vegan leaves you low energy is completely false.

A good number of our meals are Indian cuisine inspired. I have made a gluten-free, soy-free, vegan lasagna. You can do a lot with cashews in your cooking. Ice cream and pudding made with avocado. Mushrooms, legumes, and hemp seeds for burgers. Dates used for "brownie bites". Vegan's are not at a loss for tasty food options or treats and they don't all have to be soy based.
12/1/2015 4:56:25 AM

Thanks for that, I know for SURE I can't stand all those vegetables and soy products, so tiresome tasting, yucky after a few weeks. Vegan eating would be like going to PRISON!! Leaves a body feeling low energy, taking stupid supplements, eating horrid vegetables, trying to add stuff to make them palatable, it's a scam.
9/6/2015 4:39:33 PM

LAURA123BB's SparkPage
i think this is awesome!
7/5/2015 2:32:51 PM

Why isn't vegan a choice for meal plans on Spark, OR no dairy, bread?
6/25/2015 11:27:49 AM

Just go vegan!! Whole foods plant based for the win!
5/25/2015 10:00:56 PM

Eating lots of vegs/fruits has always been a huge part of my diet. I try to have two meatless days a week instead of fish. Love fish but it is just too expensive these days. I disagree that more vegs in the diet will automatically reduce weight, BP, cholesterol. Grains, beans and nuts are very high in carbs and a carb is a carb. Any eating plan requires moderation, portion control and exercise.
Check out "Vegetariana" by Nava Atlas. Her cookbooks have easy and accessible recipes. Some of the recipes in the "Moosewood" series, tho really tasty, can be a bit complex or have unusual ingredients.
5/10/2015 5:34:09 PM

QWESTING's SparkPage
Hi, in our household we're eating less and less meat, as I like our diet to be varied and nutritious and using pulses and vegetables is important for that.

HOWEVER the assertion that you will be eating fewer calories and less fat just isn't automatically true. I only eat whole foods, and fast, abstaining from meat, for the whole of Lent - invariably putting on weight over the period. There are lots of great benefits to eating plenty of veg but there simply isn't the lean protein available, so I find you end up eating more fat and carbohydrates alongside through pulses and dairy than you would with lean meat. Vegetarianism is great, but there are health benefits to eating lean meat and fish, too, and this is one of them.

My ideal is to eat very little meat with a plate of varied veg - wish there was a cookbook for the almost-veggie, but we're slowly putting together a family version :)
3/1/2015 10:12:10 AM

I agree with many of the comments that each individual is welcome to eat as she/he decides. Personally I have experimented with various types of diet plans, and have found that switching things up according to the changes in my own life/years/body/health has been helpful. I am at another cross roads again so I have gone to my doctor for a food plan. She ran my blood work and told me what I need to eat/not eat, and supplements I should take. We are all different people with our own unique bodies, lifestyles, cultures, beliefs, etc. It is nice to share what works for us and leave the choices up to the individual. I wish all of you well with your choices and will support you whether your choices or beliefs are different from what I am doing at the time.
1/18/2015 2:41:49 PM

MOSSROSE4's SparkPage
What about The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner? Great book!!
10/16/2014 9:44:57 AM

My family eats very small meat portions, we always have, 2-3 ounces per person, 5 nights a week. This seems completely reasonable. It minimizes our impact on the environment, and provides some of the nutrients only found in animal products, as well as adding complexity to our diet. I have no moral dilemma with meat consumption. Why should I apologize for my place in the food chain? But overconsumption of meat products is unhealthy and should be limited.
6/30/2014 12:13:58 PM

I try to get my husband to eat spaghetti and sauce, minus the meat, but he just won't go for it. It would be better for our checkbook as well as better for us!I won't stop trying!
4/11/2014 7:44:36 AM

GADGETCC's SparkPage
This article felt more condescending toward meat and cheese than inclusive of vegetarian ideas. How about putting pears, eggplant, onion and other fruits/veggies on the grill? Pasta with garlic and olive oil? Why not? Then add a bit of mint. Fried rice with vegetables to give it flavor? Beans soup or vegetable stews? If done properly, a diet including meat can be just as healthy as a vegan diet, and meat-eaters can do both.

I was once a vegetarian and there is a wonderful plethora of foods that kept me satisfied. I married a meat-eater, so now we eat meat, just as many animals do in the wild. I am thankful to these animals for giving their life and feel guilty only if the meat is wasted. Sadly, these animals do not know how to survive in the wild, only ranches. I also respect those like my best friend, nephew and cousin who are hunters and are incredibly in tune to nature and sit in a tree perch for hours. They eat everything that they hunt and have a love for their environment.

Living in the full spectrum of the meat-eating scale, I really do not think it matters whether you eat meat or not; it is all fine as long as you are eating healthy meals. Even eating some cheese for protein and calcium is okay. Just respect different eating styles and embrace the diversity.
10/31/2013 6:00:45 AM

I have to disagree with your statement about not having enough land to grow vegetables. Not sure where you got your "facts".
Think of all the land now being used to grow feed corn for animals who will be eaten for food. Not to mention all the land they occupy before being slaughtered.

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