Are You a Flexitarian?

Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Paelolithic, you’ve probably heard them all, and probably asked yourself the same question as many others, “what the heck does that mean?” Well, many of these healthy choice lifestyles are labeled, but many of them center around the same theme, that is, eating only plants or animals (if any) that are unmodified, grass fed, wild caught, etc.

So, 2013 was the year of many different types of diets that coincide with proper exercise, health and wellness. So, new to 2014 is the diet plan followed by those who have labeled them selves Flexitarians.

What is a Flexitarian?

Otherwise known as a semi-vegetarian. Many people have been Flexitarians for years and haven’t even realized it, this is because the phrase hadn’t been coined until now. So, a Flexitarian is someone who eats just like a vegetarian and has a vegetarian diet, but also eats meat on very few occasions. Many do this to implement some form of actual protein into their diets, as opposed to something like supplements or even eggs, which don’t carry as much protein as meats. Many Flexitarians have given up meat for health specific reasons, and some for environmental reasons.


So, a Flexitarian cannot be defined as a vegetarian simply because of the fact that he or she does eat meat. It’s safe to say that 100 percent vegetarians and flexitarians don’t quite see eye to eye, simply because of the term “semi-vegetarian.” in the eyes of a vegetarian or a vegan, you’re either all in or not at all.

Why “Flex”?

The word flex is derived from the root word flexible, which essentially describes the way in which anyone on the Flexitarianism diet eats meat. This is loosely compared to that of the Pescatarian diet, where fish is the only form of meat consumed, while eating just like a vegetarian.

On the Fence

Much of the controversy surrounding this diet is, as you would expect, due to the fact that the way in which meat is consumed varies from person to person. There are no set rules as to when a Flexitarian can eat meat, how much they can eat or even how often. Many argue that this is just another diet that people get to pick and choose, and it should be a lifestyle.

Either way, this diet does have good intentions at its core. To better your overall heath, to reduce the damage to the environment and its surroundings, as well as the reduction of resource consumption and the harming of animals.


Make sure to consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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