At the start of the year I took part in Veganuary. Then for Lent I gave up meat.
I enjoyed being veggie so much that I extended my non-meat eating period until a weekend in Berlin where lots of beer weakened my resistance to currywurst (oops). Since then I have only been eating meat on the odd occasion.
It turns out eating meat ‘on the odd occasion’ is actually a thing. It’s called flexitarianism.
Described as vegetarians with benefits, flexitarians are people whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat. Many vegetarians and vegans consider flexitarianism as cheating, but research shows that the diet just might be one of the best ways to reduce environmental impact and improve health.
Mostly my diet contains no meat but I now allow myself an exception if I really fancy some when I’m eating out or I know that it is good quality.
For example last week I was working in London. On Tuesday evening I had Moroccan food, lots of tasty veggie mezze at Oasis in East Finchley. Then on Wednesday I went to Flat Iron in Soho for one of their famous steaks because I knew it was going to be a) good quality b) ethically sourced from their own herd in Yorkshire and b) absolutely delicious!
Personally I think giving this way of eating a title is abit silly. I can however vouch that having this type of diet certainly comes with benefits.
Benefits of being flexitarian:
- Less meat = less cost – meaning more money left to spend on good quality meat when you fancy it instead of processed or chemically enhanced
- Improved health – it’s a win-win as you still get the protein that comes from eating meat occasionally but also have the nutritional benefits from a plant based diet
- Reduced environmental impact – livestock requires more food, water, land and energy to grow and transport than plants
Next week I’ll post some of my favourite veggie recipes for you to try. But for now, I’m off work and heading out into the sunshine to kick start my bank holiday weekend with a delicious brekkie from The Farm in Harrogate.
Have a gooden! x