Most people who go on a diet ultimately end up failing. Why? Because their new eating regime is too restrictive. And a diet that’s too restrictive is rarely sustainable in the long run.
Today’s research is clear: You can eat bountiful amounts of food; you just have to eat the right things. With a belly full of healthy food, you’ll be happier. This is where the flexitarian diet comes in.
Aligned with a modern way of thinking around consumption, this method loosens the reins on the restrictions and gives people a healthy alternative diet.
The flexitarian diet encourages people to be flexible vegetarians, hence the name. The idea is that committing to being vegetarian or vegan is too restrictive for most people. Flexitarians enjoy a mostly plant-based diet with a limited amount of meat and animal products.
True to its flexible name, there are no set rules regarding the amount of plants or meat you can eat. There are no calories to count or macronutrients to track. Think of this diet as more of a lifestyle – which makes it easier to follow!
Focus on eating mostly fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains. Aim to get your protein from plants, not animals. Then throw in some meat or animal products here and there. The key is to just limit your consumption of processed foods or those high in sugar.
This new lifestyle comes with its share of benefits! By committing to the flexitarian lifestyle, you can experience a lower risk of heart disease, weight loss and diabetes. These are mainly because you’re reducing your sugar intake while increasing your fiber and healthy fat intake.
To start a flexitarian diet, create meals with minimally processed and whole plant foods and proteins. Then throw in a limited amount of fresh animal products.
The flexitarian diet doesn’t require you to eliminate food, but rather encourages limiting your intake of animal products and meat. As we discussed, highly processed and refined foods or those with added sugar should also be kept to a minimum.
Reducing your meat consumption may be good for the environment. Cultivating plants requires fewer resources and emits fewer greenhouse gasses than raising livestock. If more people switched, the demand for plant farms would increase, and it create an overall positive effect on the environment.
At Nikken Foods, we’re committed to providing high quality ingredients that aid in creating robust recipes. Just because you’re going plant-based doesn’t mean you’re stuck with salads. Many of our products are perfect for spicing up your flexitarian meals. Check out some of our favorites:
Reach out to our team, and we’ll help you find the right gourmet blend of spices to bring your plant-based meals to life and help add some flavor to your flexitarian lifestyle.