The key to a successful life is flexibility. This is not where the term ‘Flexitarian’ comes from, but this current ‘diet’ practice does fall into that philosophy. The actual tie-in between long life and flexibility was revealed when octogenarians were asked about their secrets to a long and happy life. Being flexible was a common answer. But I digress.
A Flexitarian has created an ‘and’’ world situation- as a part time vegetarian. A ‘beginner’ Flexitarian has 2 meatless days a week. An ‘all in flex’ enjoys meat 2 days a week. When I began reading about this ‘part-time vegetarian’ diet, I felt a sense of relief and elation.
Generally, I prioritize my food choices with a trio of goals: rich nutritional value, wholesome ingredients, and local sourcing. But in reading about the ‘flex plan’, I realized that a fourth aspect of choice comes into my philosophy- protein source. I AM a card carrying carnivore, my motto is: “everything tastes better with bacon”. But I also am a spiritual person who wants to respect the life around me: our planet itself and other beating hearts.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 18% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions are the result of farming. For perspective– all the world’s trains, planes, automobiles… and boats account for a combined 13% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Can my two days a week- meat free- affect the longevity and health of the planet? After all, I eat about half of the nation’s per-person average consumption of meat; my protein intake relies heavily on quinoa and legumes. I’ve always rooted for base hits in life, not home runs, so I say- yes!
Flexitarian-ism: good for my health, respectful of the earth, and one step more extreme in respecting the animal that feeds me. I will appreciate an accent of protein instead of devouring a 16oz Rib Eye slab of beef- and everyone benefits!
What are your thoughts about Flexitarian-ism?