Q My sister follows a "flexitarian" diet. I've never heard of this--what does it involve?
A A flexitarian diet is essentially a semi-vegetarian diet: you're cutting back on meat without forgoing it completely, while boosting your intake of plant-derived antioxidants, and other nutrients. A fully vegetarian diet has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer, but for those who like the occasional steak or burger, going semi-vegetarian means you get at least some of the benefits vegetarians enjoy. You also may find that a flexitarian diet helps you better manage any weight gain as you age, since plant-based foods are high in the fiber that helps you feel full for longer after meals.
If you're interested in following a flexitarian diet but you're used to basing all of your main meals on meat, ease into your new eating pattern slowly. Try scheduling "meat-free Mondays,"on which mushrooms, beans, chickpeas, lentils, ortofu (a soy product) are your protein source, and substitute fish for meat on a couple of other days.
Fran C. Grossman, RD, MS, CDE, CDN
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|Publication:||Focus on Healthy Aging|
|Date:||Jun 29, 2019|
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