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Why flexitarianism is awesome!

Friday, February 22, 2013

I love meat, I really do. I could never go straight-up vegetarian. Chicken, salmon, cod, I LOVE THEM. Beef and pork are good, but I could probably live without them...but you can never take my fish and poultry from me! :)

That said, I probably eat meat maybe 3 times a week. I mean, it's not like I have meat for breakfast, and I usually don't have it with my lunch either (which is generally salad, some kind of whole grain, fruits, and some kind of protein in the form of cheese, nut butter, or legumes/hummus). My husband is a vegetarian, so I cook a lot of vegetarian dinners and with good recipes, you really don't miss the flavor of meat. So I usually don't bother to "supplement" my dinners with meat.

I used to think dinners weren't complete without some chicken or something, and I used to eat a LOT of chicken with my meals, but laziness reduced the frequency I prepared it once I moved in with my then-fiance (I didn't like making two dinners most nights, and also cutting up chicken is time-consuming)...and then trying to lose weight and eat healthier reinforced eating less meat in order to reduce unhealthy fats and all that.

And I couldn't be happier now! I feel healthy, I still get my tasty meat, I enjoy eating my protein via a wider variety of sources, I'm keeping my blood vessels/heart less-clogged, AND my dinners are cheaper now!! Win-win-win-win-win!

Also, it makes Fridays in Lent way easier to plan around for a Catholic girl. :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GIANTMICROBE 2/23/2013 9:54AM

    Very cool. I'm not anywhere close to vegetarian but I have had friends who are, and other friends who complain about eating with them because they "need meat with every meal". How ridiculous...! I feel the same way you do- red meat is okay (got pretty burned out on it in childhood- it's all my parents ever cooked). But fish and birds?!?! Yes please. When I lived alone I never bought or cooked red meat... just didn't want it. Now that I live with my boyfriend I try to include it a little more. But he's not too picky. He'll eat pretty much whatever I make. He's too smart to complain... he knows I would just quit feeding him :)

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PAMNANGEL 2/23/2013 2:15AM

    Is that what I am?! I eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish, usually for dinners, and some days we go meatless. Not intentionally, but it happens.

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FISHER011 2/22/2013 11:12PM

    emoticon Love the word play! I find it hard to give up fish too & I still eat a bit of chicken.
I applaud you for being a flexatarian!

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COMPUCATHY 2/22/2013 11:00PM

    You're right win-win-win-win-win! Hope you have a good weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 2/22/2013 9:10PM

    Flexitarian, I like it!

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