Flexitarian and Vegetarian

As the name implies, a flexitarian is a person who is very flexible about what they include in their daily diet. The term was coined in Austin, Texas in 1992 by Acorn Café owner Helga Morath. Flexitarians may also be referred to as semi-vegetarians or part time vegetarians because the aim of the flexitarian diet is to cut down on meat consumption without eliminating it completely. The primary reason for becoming a flexitarian can be traced to personal health concerns.

In my opinion, any healthy diet can be detrimental to a person's overall health if it is too rigid. A diet that does not allow for some flexibility can make a person miserable. Someone who practices part time vegetarianism makes an effort to eat a vegetarian meal on a daily basis. There are no strict guidelines regarding how often a flexitarian can eat meat. The only requirement is that a flexitarian makes an effort to cut down on overall meat consumption.

Selecting mainly vegetarian foods while decreasing meat consumption and replacing fats with olive oil is the heart of the Mediterranean way of eating. I support the vegetarian community and would like to shed light on the myth that vegetarians are deprived of nutrients and that vegetarian recipes are bland and boring. Unfortunately, this stereotype has been around for a long time and many people still hold on to it despite its inaccuracies.

The truth is that vegetables are not boring at all if they are prepared correctly. Today's vegetarians know that boiled, unseasoned vegetables are not the way to go. With the addition of herbs, spices and sauces, piquant recipes can be made to placate any palate. Vegetarians can make an exciting vegetarian dish and surprise family members by serving a meatless meal that still manages to please the taste buds.

Find more information on vegetarian cooking at http://www.simply-vegetarian-recipes.com/

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