Keto. Vegan. Vegeterian. Carnivore. Fruitarian. Pescatarian. Plant-based. Keto-vegan. Pollotarian. Ovo-lacto vegeterian. And that's only to name a few common diets!
But why only stick to one particular diet when you can choose a way of eating that incorporates all, if not most foods?
Introducing the Flexitarian Diet.
What is it?
The Flexitarian diet was created by Dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner. In a nutshell, it is a MOSTLY vegetarian diet, but from time to time, you can include animal products (hence the combination of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian").
It is a great option for those who want to cut back on their intake of animal products but may find vegetarianism or veganism too restrictive.
What can you eat on Flexitarian?
Flexitarian focuses primarily on vegetarian sources of protein, such as tofu, tempeh, vegan protein powder, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. However, on occasion you can eat animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy. There are no strict rules about how much you can have, but the aim is to keep these limited to only a couple of times per week.
Complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, oats, sweet potato, brown rice, veggies and fruits are all included.
Flexitarian also aims to avoid highly processed foods such as deli meats, and refined carbohydrates such as pastries, white bread, crisps, biscuits and microwave-ready meals.
The benefit of Flexitarian is that it focuses on fresh, wholefoods. In turn the ingredients considered for meals are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are needed to boost your immunity, give you more energy, and overall enhance your wellbeing and vitality.
The reduction of animal products and increase of fibre promotes healthy digestion, and a potentially reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and high blood pressure.
As no specific food is entirely eliminated, the risk of certain vitamin deficiencies that you may get from other diets is potentially quite low.
From a social standpoint, Flexitarian is very easy to integrate into your lifestyle as you don't necessarily need to make any dietary requests in social situations where there is food involved, or at cafes and restaurants.
Flexitarian Diet Plan For A Day
- Oats with soy milk, a scoop of vegan protein powder, half a banana, strawberries and peanut butter.
- Smokey BBQ tofu on a multigrain bagel with tomato, baby spinach, red onion, green capsicum, mushroom and a side salad of Coleslaw.
- Dairy-based yogurt, a piece of fruit and small handful of nuts.
- Rainbow salad with tuna, low fat creamed cottage cheese, and avocado.
Lucy has been part of the Virgin Active team for almost 6 years as a Level 2 Personal Trainer and Boxing Coach at our Pitt Street club. She holds a Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Certificate in Population Diet and Nutrition, as well as a Mat Pilates qualification. Her training is an enjoyable mix of strength and resistance, Boxing and running. While she has competed in some Fitness Model competitions in the past, her passion is anything performance and endurance-based.
All bodies are different and it is important to understand that the information provided is general in nature and should not be used to treat or diagnose any medical or health condition, food intolerance or allergy. Please consult with your doctor before undertaking any nutrition or diet plan. Any information provided by our trainers should not replace the Australian government dietary guidelines on nutrition or any specific medical advice you have received.
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