Are you a flexitarian?

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  • New diet that gives you all the benefits of vegetarianism, with added meat!

    Do you eat a mainly vegetarian diet, but indulge in the odd burger now and again? If so, maybe you’re part of the growing brood of flexitarians.

    The phrase, coined by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, describes health-conscious individuals who eat a diet mainly consisting of whole grains, pulses, fruit and vegetables, but still supplement their diet with chicken and the odd bit of red meat now and again.

    The good news is such a diet helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but is easier to follow than a strict vegetarian diet.

    ‘I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years but ate meat on rare occasions. Every time I ate meat I felt like I was being a bad and lazy vegetarian,’ explains Dawn.

    ‘So I developed this style of eating for people who know that vegetarianism is one of the healthiest and smartest ways to eat but just don’t want to sit at a BBQ in the corner with an empty bun.’

    To help people who want to follow a similar diet, Dawn has recently published The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life, which goes on sale this month.

    ‘If you have ever enjoyed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a slice of cheese pizza, a vegetable egg roll, a bowl of pasta with marinara, or a bean burrito you are on your way to flexitarianism,’ says the author.

    ‘Flexitarians weigh 15% less, have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and live 3.6 years longer than their carnivorous counterparts. Readers can also expect the diet can help tame their cravings for processed and junk food.’

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