I can’t believe next Monday is August 1st! It’s already time to move on to the next diet I am trying in Peach On A Diet! The diet that I will be trying for the month of August is The Flexitarian Diet and I am super excited about it!
The Flexitarian Diet Overview
What is it?
The Flexitarian Diet is for the person wanting to dabble in the vegetarian lifestyle, but not swear of meat completely. The name means “flexible vegetarian” so you can live the vegetarian lifestyle a lot of the time, but then have meat occasionally if you really want it or don’t want to be rude at someone’s dinner party.
Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet, claims that eating a plant-based vegetarian diet is the smartest thing we can do for our health because on average, vegetarians weigh less and have fewer diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
I will be eating this way for only 31 days so I probably won’t find out if it is preventing any diseases or not, BUT I can see how easy it is to stick to and if it makes me feel good!
What do you eat?
In the book, Dawn Jackson Blatner has you take a fun, quick quiz to see “How flex are you?”. Depending on your score, you will fall into one of three categories. If your score puts you into the Beginner Flexitarian category, you begin with going meatless 2 days per week. If your score places you into the Advanced Flexitarian category, you begin by having three to four meatless days per week. If your score places you into the Expert Flexitarian category, you will go meatless five or more days a week. My score placed me as an Advanced Flexitarian, which means I will be going meatless three to four days each week. Woohoo!
After you determine how many days you will be going meatless each week, you are then to then focus on the “Flex Five”. These are the main food groups that you will include each day into your meals.
“The Flex Five”:
- “The New Meat” – tofu, beans, lentils, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds
- Vegetables and fruit – all vegetables, use fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth
- Whole grains – whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, kamut, millet, mochi, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, triticale, wheat berries……. haven’t heard of half of these.
- Dairy – milk, yogurt, kefir, cheese
- “Sugar and Spice”- low and non-caloric natural syrups, herbs, and spices to add flavor to your food.
The book says to use the general rule of “30-60-90” for exercise. Thirty minutes most days of the week for disease prevention. 60 minutes most days of the week to keep your weight stable, and ninety minutes most days for weight loss.
This preggo will be doing 30 minutes daily.
So that’s the basics of The Flexitarian Diet. Stay tuned to see how it goes!
Have you ever tried the Flexitarian Diet?
Are you a flexitarian?