We’ve heard it all before but it really is true....
Eating less meat is not only great for the planet but also great for our overall health and it seems more and more of us are consciously making an effort to reduce our meat intake.
FLEXITARIANISM- A HOT NEW TREND
A huge trend this 2017 is flexitarianism- a trend which involves eating predominantly, but not strictly, a vegetarian diet. After the rise in clean eating, flexitarianism is emerging as a much more achievable alternative to going full on vegetarian or vegan which some people find too restrictive or mind boggling.
For those adopting this eating trend, meat eating may only happen at the weekends, after 6pm or while eating out, for example. For many, being a flexitarian means fitting this lifestyle choice into whatever schedule is most manageable for you.
MEAT FREE MONDAYS
Of course, this way of clean eating isn’t a new concept but it’s definitely becoming increasingly popular thanks to high profile individuals including Jamie Oliver, Sir Richard Branson and Emma Thompson who all support the Meat Free Monday campaign.
Started in 2009 by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Meat Free Monday claims that just one day free of meat makes all the difference, to the planet and to your health and wellbeing.
TV chef, Jamie Oliver has recently said that,
‘Meat Free Monday is the most brilliant excuse to focus on the incredible variety of veggies out there – the flavours, textures and wonderful dishes you can create are beyond belief.’
GOODNESS ALL ROUND
As a personal and private chef, I definitely agree with Oliver’s claims, especially as recent studies have shown that cutting down on meat has a number of significant health benefits. These include a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes and that’s certainly a good enough reason as any to reduce the amount of meat you include within your diet. Flexitarianism most certainly provides people with a way to improve their health without going the whole hog and giving up meat entirely.
Moreover, with the increase of sustainable and ethical living, more and more of us want to help improve the planet. Some organisations have estimated that the livestock sector could be responsible for as much as 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions which is absolutely staggering when you take the time to really think about the impact eating meat has on the environment.
FLEXIBILITY AT ITS BEST
So to wrap things up, flexitarianism in a nutshell is flexible vegetarianism. Also known as veggie-vores, flexitarians eat mostly vegetarian meals but make time for a big, juicy steak or a smoked salmon bagel when they feel the urge. And what could be better? And what’s more important than getting the balance just so? Not much I’d say so long as you are happy and healthy in what you are doing.
But that’s not it for 2017. As well as flexitarianism taking the globe by storm, there’s also an increase in coconut sugar and flour, non-wheat pasta, (made with pseudograins like quinoa, for example) and purple foods too.
Keep an eye out for more blogs about these exciting concepts very soon. If you have any questions about any of the topics discussed, don’t delay- get in touch today and I’ll answer any questions you may have.