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2/25/15 1:07 A

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I'd like to avoid meat as often as possible but not be obsessive about it. I was vegetarian for 17 years but I don't want to go back there. I especially don't want to get back into the meat substitutes. Nuts, beans, tofu, dairy proteins and eggs will be fine. I'll be happy if I can eat vegetarian meals for two out of three every day.
It will be a little more complicated this time for me because I stopped eating gluten about a year and a half ago. I feel much better without it, and now that I've been doing it for a while it's a lot easier than when I first removed gluten from my diet. Again, I'm not obsessive about it, but really do try to avoid it as much as possible.

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2/20/15 7:05 P

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Hubby and I sometimes make a vegetarian soup or stew with legumes over the weekend and have it for lunches or dinners.

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2/17/15 10:49 A

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For me flexitarian means attempting to move towards a plant based diet but not having to feel guilty when I do eat meat or fish. I subscribe to a produce co-op and eating all the fruit and vegetables I get in my basket keeps my diet definitely headed in a vegetation directions.

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2/9/15 3:58 P

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I can't say I'm a flexitarian at the moment but I have tried the lifestyle (was a Pescatarian for a month in September 2014) and I want to work towards becoming a Flexitarian (not strictly pescatarian), which is why I joined this team.

For me it means my diet is mostly comprised of plant based food but I do still eat meat, poultry and seafood occasionally.

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12/3/14 12:32 P

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I love being a flexitarian. I do not partake of chicken, beef or turkey but I do add fish and shrimp into my eating. Since becoming one over a year ago, I have found creative ways to cook and I love my food so much better. My family is secretly doing the same without knowing it when its my turn to cook lol.

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11/30/14 3:12 P

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It means that I love vegetarian and even vegan food, but I also like to eat ethically sourced meat and dairy

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10/21/14 9:52 P

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That's a good question........ for me, it's about moderation and balance . I still enjoy eggs and cheese, in small portions; I love veggies everyday, legumes, beans the entire bit. If I am going to have fish, the portion is less then 3 ozs more like 2. So I like both :) I don't eat beef pork lamb or any other animal on four legs.

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10/21/14 8:31 P

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Someone that can eat meat or leave it and a love for vegetables and all the different ways to prepare them. emoticon

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10/19/14 10:30 A

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I eat meat 2 times a week, mainly sardines and organic chicken

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10/9/14 9:14 A

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mainly a plant based diet with a little animal protein now and then.

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8/7/14 3:58 P

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thought this was interesting. It is in a dictionary now.

A semi-vegetarian or flexitarian[1][2] diet is one that is plant-based with the occasional inclusion of meat products.[3][4][5][6][7] In 2003, the American Dialect Society voted flexitarian as the year's most useful word and defined it as "a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat".[8] In 2012, the term was listed for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary


Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat. Common reasons for adopting a flexitarian diet may be health, environment (see environmental vegetarianism) or reduction of resource consumption (see economic vegetarianism), which are also arguments in favor of adopting a fully vegetarian diet. While flexitarians may view the flexitarian diet as occasional indulgences,[10] vegetarians may strongly resent the term and view it as cheating or as a moral lapse.[11] Other than flexitarian diets that may include any type of meat, variations of this diet include:

Pollotarians: They eat chicken or other poultry, but not meat from mammals, often for environmental, health or food justice reasons[12][13]

Pescetarians: They eat fish or other seafood, but not poultry or meat from mammals. The macrobiotic diet is plant-based, and may or may not include the occasional addition of fish or other seafood.[14]

Pollo-pescetarians: as a combination of "pollotarians" and "pescetarians", they eat poultry, seafood, and no other meat. In other words, they eat white meat only.[citation needed]



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So glad you found us! And, I agree about soy. There is a lot of conflicting info.

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8/7/14 12:38 P

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I didn't know this team was here until I saw it on a friends page.
To me flexitarian is someone who wants to be vegetartian but still eats fish. I have tried many times to go full on veggie but always go back to at least sea food. I have eaten the soy, fake meat but trying to eat fruit and veggies, fresh or frozen and tilapia. There has been so many good and bad things about soy...leaves you wondering.


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8/6/14 9:26 A

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I am totally with you on the processed foods. I avoid veggie burgers (or soy in any form), vegan cheese, and gluten-free breads.

I definitely prefer a whole foods diet, but that was just as true when I was a meat eater as it is now.

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8/6/14 1:44 A

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For me it means being open to reading began recipes and trying them. But saying no to over processed and expensive "veggie Burger meat".

It means filling my cart first with fruits, vegetables and frosting the cake with nuts, eggs, milk and fish. If I'm having a huge craving for meat I will bend figuring that my body didn't get something, but for my health and budget this is maybe once a month.

I'm not so black and white that I can't try something once so I know. For example, I had never had boar and tried it. Didn't like it but now, I know. I will cross the like for new foods, new treatments of foods, or when eating socially and my eating choices would disrupt others.
(however only if I want to) I'm a very curious independent person - fast rules just isn't how I think.

It means challenging myself recently to make a vegan pesto of garlic, fresh basil, cashews and chili - next time I would have watered it down but it worked well over pasta and now if I needed to bring something to a vegan gathering - another option. Or the time I made my own vegan hot dog - even my husband ended up liking it and I use liquid smoke to give things that bacon meaty flavor now (go light!)

I juggle many issues, health, budget, food storage, food waste avoidance, people in my life, my love of adventure, respect for life and environment impact - being flexible means bending to satisfy the majority of goals.

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8/5/14 7:55 P

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Princess.. you have defined it PERFECTLY...
I like to think I am flexitarian, but I more recently have considered myself to be an intuitive eater. If my body says veggies.. or even one specific veggie, like green beans.. then I will eat green beans. If my body is craving a meat.. I will have meat of some kind, and if it is craving fish, then that is what I have. I have no hard fast rules for what I eat. I lean toward the vegetarian, but like I said, if my body says something else, then I go with that.





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8/5/14 5:57 P

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For me, right now, flexitarian means I don't eat meat but I do take supplements containing animal products. It also means I don't sweat the small stuff like whether or not chicken broth was used to make my lentil soup.

It also means, if I am eating at someone's home and it is a sit-down dinner with no easy vegetarian choices (like if dinner was a casserole or lasagna), I would eat at least a small portion of whatever is being served.

But, most importantly, it means these rules aren't engraved in stone--even for me. I can change them to suit my needs over time. It's all about the flexibility.

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There is no set definition for "flexitarian". Yet, it is a label we have chosen for ourselves. How do you define it in your own life?



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