Disclaminer: I believe that everyone needs to do what feels best for them and their bodies and I’m by no means pushing a diet agenda.
Calling myself a vegetarian or pescatirian just wasn’t right. I eat veggies but I also ate fish and I VERY rarely, and I mean rarely, eat meat. We’re talking once or twice a year. So where did that leave me? It put me in the flexitarian category.
Flexitarian: a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat.
If you’re rolling your eyes, you wouldn’t be the first. And if you’re not, thank you! After identifying with being a flexitarian for the last decade, I’ve had my fair share of judgement in the form of laughter, skepticism and debate (which is why I’ve never written about it). People have asked me if I was making the term up, others have tried to persuade me to give up animal protein all together, I’ve had people try to get me to eat meat on the spot, you name it and I’ve dealt with the absurdity over this term.
While some don’t get it, it makes perfect sense to me and it works brilliantly for my lifestyle. “Always listen to your body” is my number one health rule which is why I feel more comfortable allowing myself the diet flexibility that my body may need in my lifetime. I want the health benefits of eating a primarily plant and fish based diet however if/when my body craves meat I want the freedom to listen to my body and eat what my body tells me to eat. On top of that, I like the idea of being open to certain life experiences. For example, while I was in Argentina where they are known for their meat OF COURSE I went to the best restaurant in town and ate the best damn steak the country had to offer.
I decided to write about this because I know I’m not alone in the eating-little-meat-but-eating-some-meat category and I was so appreciative for the doctor who shared the flexitarian term with me. In a world where everyone wants you to label things, I finally had a way to define my preferences.
What’s your dietary preference?