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The Flexitarian Diet

The Flexitarian Diet

The sometimes vegetarian approach to healthy eating.

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Love the idea of being a vegetarian, but just can't seem to make the complete leap of nixing your occasional angus burger for one made from black beans, rice and tofu?

The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life is just the book for you to find peace between your carnivorous side and your tree-hugging one. The book offers a simple and clear mostly vegetarian plan that also includes built in flexibility to eat and enjoy meat. There are not any strict rules or restrictions in The Flexitarian Diet, just that you try to eat mostly vegetarian fare and consume meat as your body calls for it.

There are three levels of Flexitarian eating that you will follow:

  • A beginner who has two meatless days a week
  • An advanced flexitarian who has three to four meatless days a week
  • An expert flexitarian who has about five meatless days a week.

In addition to eating less meat, the book also serves as an educator about the nutritional benefits that come from eating non-meat foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts and sprouts.

Medical and health experts are in agreement that when done correctly, a vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest styles of eating for you and the planet. The Flexitarian Diet doesn't make any weight loss claims but you can expect to lose weight following it as long as you adhere to the programs guidelines.

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  • Flexible eating plan is appealing to anyone who just wants to reduce their meat intake
  • Features three different levels of vegetarian eating
  • Promotes a diet full of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds
  • Eating less meat has been linked to lower incidences of certain cancers and diseases, and reduces carbon footprint on the Earth
  • Includes recipes that can be made with only five ingredients
  • Eating less meat saves money
  • May offend staunch vegetarians and vegans

Once you have identified yourself as either a beginner, advanced or expert flexitarian, you then follow the meat portions and eating-frequency that are allowed each week. Each plan contains about 1,500 calories with typical day has three meals and two snacks. Each breakfast contains about 300 calories, each lunch about 400 calories and each dinner is about 500. Snacks are about 150. If you want to decrease calories to 1,200 you can simply leave out the two permitted snacks. Each entire day's diet will give you 50 grams of protein.

The book also includes tons of recipes that only have five main ingredients and are geared to those who don't know their way around the kitchen too well. Many recipes also have "flex swaps," which are suggestions for ingredient exchanges, such as how to use fish, chicken or beef in a vegetarian recipe.


The Flexitarian Diet includes a fitness chapter that gives you steps on how to incorporate more activity into your day and get into shape. A host of exercise advice and information is also given such as what are the most effective types of exercise for your fitness goal, whether or not a gym membership is for you, how to stay motivated and move beyond exercise plateaus.


The Flexitarian Diet is a practical approach to eating less meat, but not eliminating it entirely from your diet. Author and registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner has been a vegetarian for 10 years, but is also a "closet" meat-eater. Her book outlines a simple and effective program for anyone wanting to reduce the amount of meat they consume and reap the nutritional benefits of making fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes and other non-meat foods the mainstay of their diet.

The Flexitarian Diet is a no-pressure approach to sometimes living the vegetarian life.

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I think it's good for everyone to cut down (or totally eliminate) meat from their diets. There's enough proof that it's not good for your health. Also, and you transition try www.veggiebrothers.com if you want to have great tasting vegetarian food to enhance your flexitarian diet.

posted Jun 16th, 2009 11:36 am



This book is filled with delicious recipes (more than 100) that are very simple to make. Most recipes offer "flex swaps" so you can sub in/out meat when you feel the need. The "fact stacks" and nutrition tips are very helpful and the book is written in a very fun and approachable style. This book is more of a lifestyle than a diet and it has changed the way I eat! Great book!!!

posted Mar 27th, 2009 9:18 am


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