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5/28/19 8:13 A

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So fifteen months after having given up eating meat I am now fully vegetarian. I'm also sourcing most of my fresh fruit, vegetables and free range eggs locally at a greengrocer where most of the fruit and veg comes loose the old fashioned way and the eggs are in cardboard boxes as I'm minimising my use of plastics as well. I do eat some dairy products mostly ewe and goat milk and lactofree cheeses and have switched to organic natural yogurt. There's way too much sugar in the flavoured kind and I prefer to eat it with real fruit anyway.

I found that after giving up meat I began to eat less and less fish and a wide variety of plant proteins including tofu and nuts instead. I'm very happy with this diet and my neighbour recently commented on how well I'm looking.

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It's true what they say about transitioning: just make small changes and keep making them and then suddenly you are all in!

IcanINsight: "Health is more important than losing weight. " True True! Also true: " Feeling good is better than (fill in the blank) tastes.

Recently we were visiting relatives and the meals were mostly meat based. We find it takes a few days for our tastebuds to get back to normal, but were looking forward to the trip home to eat vegetables! Places like Cracker Barrel and Dennys (plus chinese) have lots of vegetable selections when you are on the road.

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3/26/18 8:58 A

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I never have luck with cooking fish, but I like all those you mentioned. I don't eat shellfish or "bottom feeders" like catfish.

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You are welcome, ICANINSIGHT. I am pretty hush hush about it, but I do eat fish about 3-4x a month. The healthiest fish are those I get from the food pantry, and those fish are from stores like Trader Joe's, usually TJ's in fact. Every once in a blue moon, the fish will be spoiled, but if I keep it frozen, it's usually good. I get ahi-ahi, cod and salmon fillets or steaks from them. That's 1-3 servings usually. Really frustrating if I don't have lemons! Unfortunately, with my budget, the fish I actually by is cheap breaded frozen fish. That can be 0-4 times a month of meals. I try to pair it with something really healthy, usually roasted broccoli, and that's it.

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I have been on the DASH diet, which emphasizes a lot of fruit and veggies. So going vegan is not a huge leap for me. I was looking online at Forks Over Knives and The Starch Solution by McDougall. I have been eating vegan for a week and this is what has happened eating a high carb diet, my pants are looser around the waist and I have lost 2 lb. This is a huge sign for me! I am sticking with this healthy diet style.
I am doing this for health reasons. I have had health issues since 2011, serious ones. Now I am taking less medications and doing better, but want to be healthy. I am in my 60's with lots to do in life!
Exercise helps too.
I can live without meat, but might occasionally have it. Plus some occasional healthy type cheese and eggs.
I have tried low carb high protein and it weakened my kidneys. I lost weight but did not feel well. So what good is it to not feel well? Health is more important than losing weight.
Thank you for the links.

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3/6/18 7:41 A

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I've recently chosen to cut out meat and limit full fat dairy and eggs for health reasons i.e. reduction of animal fats. I'm wheat and lactose intolerant and funtionally intolerant of sugar and other simple carbs plus fats after a gastric bypass in 2009. Think IBS and reactive hypoglycaemia (otherwise known as "dumping syndrome").

Complex carbs provide the raw materials to manufacture the glucose that my body needs. I also have to limit the types and amount of nuts I eat. Almonds, cashews and pecans/walnuts seem to cause the least reactions. Brazil nuts are a definite no-no even in combination with other foods.

I still eat fish, lower fat dairy products and eggs sparingly as well as pulses, grains, seeds, vegetables and fruit plus cold pressed extra virgin olive oil on occassion - I don't like olives. I rarely have reactions these days though as I've learnt the best way to prevent them is not to eat out.

So generally I'm now Pescatarian with an occasional relapse.

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I (as Team Leader, Co-Leader--your Spark Friend--you are welcome to add me as a Spark Friend if you want to do so) promised awhile ago that I would post something more extensive about the Flexitarian Diet and look! now I am doing it. Really great information has been posted here about it by the originator of this topic, HOMEBODY67, and also CERTUCHE, who was the Team Leader when I originally joined this team, by the way. BUT we ALL are fountains of fab information and opinions, one of the reasons why I love this team, whether I am the leader or not! So I did some research online and found some great websites on the subject. The first is from U.S. News magazine online. This is a portmanteau article, meaning that it has links to further explanations of the subject, which includes a sample menu, and also stresses facts concerning THE FLEXITARIAN DIET: THE MOSTLY VEGETARIAN WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT, BE HEALTHIER, PREVENT DISEASE and ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE book (Whew!) by Dawn Jackson Blatner published in 2010 and still available on Amazon (Kindle, paperback, hardback). The web article also states that the Flexitarian diet ranks #4 in overall most successful diets. AND guess what Sparkers, it includes exercise as part of that plan! Here's the link:

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Here is a straight forward explantion from a 2015 online magazine article, copy or paste this web address into your browser to access it: https://greatist.com/eat/flexitarian-diet

AND this United Kingdom article from December 2016 says that "Flexitarianism predicted as as the key food trend for 2017" and even says "After the rise and fall of clean eating, flexitarianism is emerging as a much more achievable alternative to going full vegetarian or vegan." You know something has arrived and is growing when it gets "ism" tacked on to the end of it's title. The article features a sidebar on the left with links to other articles pertaining to the subject.

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7/25/17 8:55 P

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I watched the netflix film and it was about some people following a juice diet for 60 days! Very interesting they were overweight/obese and needed to lose weight. It was all done by Joe Cross an Australian. I found it very good and interesting to watch. Got my blender but now I don't know what to do with it until I learn more about it. I was going to start with fruit blending making smoothies. I will probably start by figuring it out this weekend since I don't have my kids. They did go to the doctor ahead of time before following the juice diet and got 10 day blood tests.

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Thanks for the tip! I'm on the Ornish diet and desparate for more recipes.

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Hi I have finished the Heart Disease book by Joel Fuhrman and found it to be very good. The only thing was he recommended a Vitamix blender which I could never afford so I am getting a Oster blender from Walmart today which was around $65.

I am excited to say he has a great website if you google search Joel Fuhrman it will come up. If you have netflix you can also watch the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead which is also based on him or at least I learned about the film on his web page. I have not watched the film yet.

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Interesting thread. I know I'm interested in following a plant-based diet. Well, I am doing that. I haven't read Fuhrman's book but I've read Pritikin and Ornish. I'll see if the library has it.

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I followed this whole thread and was very glad for it. I watched Engine2 on Netflix and I got a book from the library called The End of Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and also his Eat to Live Cookbook. The book is big but I'm reading it very quickly even so. It was only published last year and I could not find the Eat to Live book so I decided to get this one instead. It's neat to read the case studies how heart disease was completely reversed.

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I appreciate this eating plan because of financial limitations, and plus it's good for my health. That is a win/win!

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I have found that I am fine with vegetarian "breakfast sausage." I substitute bacon in dishes with a few drops of smoke seasoning. Just bought smoked salt and am looking forward to trying it.

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Meat can be really expensive and there have been enough studies to know its not healthy for humans. You can still eat meat if you consider it more as a condiment or flavor booster instead of a main dish. Whenever my family eats meat, chicken, roast, ect. I will save the bones to make broth along with onion peels, carrot tops or whatever to cook rice in, make dumplings, or use to make sauces.

A couple of slices of crisp bacon, crumbled can really boost the flavor of soups, beans, green beans, greens, or salads.

Mix ground meat with beans, grated vegetables and oatmeal for burgers, meatloaf or meatballs to reduce cost and stretch servings.

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I am a flexitarian from financial necessity. I need to eat more beans! The new month just started.

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PATHWALKER1: As for being low in iron: have you thought about cooking your food in a cast iron pan? Also, did you know citrus, eaten with greens helps absorb the iron?

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I truly believe that the Flexitarian diet is perfect for people wanting to transition to veganism or vegetarianism, but also it is a great way to incorporate more vegetables in any ones food plan.

I hope more people will decide to jump on this thread and start a lively discussion.

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This is a blog post I did on the book “Eat to Live”. For those interested in eating a “Flexitarian” lifestyle this is a good read. Although, it may seem too extreme for many it has some good ideas that are easily incorporated for people wanting to eat healthier.

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I truly believe if you get all the foods and vegetables your body needs you will feel better and binge less, or at least that has been my experience.

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flexitarian is a great way eat healthy , the SAD diet that people eat is lacking in fruits and veggies so, eat less animal produces and more fruits and veggies and your on your way


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I think one good thing about the Fuhrman "Eat to Live" plan and Rip Esselstyne's the "Engine 2" diet is that they begin gradually and steer you a step at a time to transition into healthy eating. Even if all you do is add a large salad and cut out diet drinks then that is a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle.

This plays right into the Spark plan of small goals. Right now there are an "Engine 2" film on Netflix or you can find things about these plans on YouTube.

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What’s a flexitarian? Briefly, the flexitarian diet is eating fruits, vegetables (particularly greens, mushrooms and onions), beans and peas, nuts and seeds, and whole grains while limiting meats, and dairy.

Flexitarian is a phrase coined by Joel Fuhrman author of “Eat to Live” and other books. He believes that this lifestyle can prevent or reverse most chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It is more than a semi-vegetarian diet as vegetarian and vegan diets are okay with oils but he (Fuhrman) recommends abstaining from any oils including olive. Recommending instead eating oil-rich foods like avocados and olives.

It is Fuhrman’s opinion that micronutrients are what people need most and is lacking from the average North American diet to avoid the usual chronic problems that plague so many North Americans.


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I also have borderline anemia related to kidney disease so I have to be picky with proteins. When I eat meat, it is 93% lean ground beef, white meat chicken, or fish. No pork or fatty fish. I do use dairy and eggs but I buy organic, and don't use very much of either. Because of the flexibility, the diet is easy to follow in public or private, and I don't have to worry about taking supplements as much.

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I am a Flexitarian because I am a Vegan that only eats Fish. I am very anemic and my Dr. wants we to have Fish at least twice a week. Other then that I eat nothing from an animal. I can live with this. I was a Pure vegan for about 2 years but by Iron level has always been an issue. So there are several ways of being a Flexitarian. :)

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I know it's hard to get enough iron in your diet without eating meat, but saw a doc on tv yesterday who says if you have a cast iron frying pan and cook something acidic in it (like tomato sauce) the sauce will draw iron out of the frying pan into the food. This is great if we happen to NEED iron in our diet, if we don't too much iron isn't a good thing!@ Gosh! Now I need a lab in my basement to check my own blood???

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As I have gotten older into my 60’s I have noticed a less desire fore meat as the focus and it is the addon now instead of the main focus when we do have it.

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Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet




By Robert Walden | Submitted On March 16, 2011


As Americans, we eat a lot of meat - over 200 pounds per year on average. Becoming a vegetarian is a great, simple way to cut out the excessive saturated fat and cholesterol in our diets, and start eating more whole grains and legumes in its stead.

But, let's face it, meat is delicious, and some of us aren't willing to completely cut it out of our diets. Simply reducing the meat that we consume is an easy first step towards increased health. Adopting the flexitarian diet is one way of doing this. A flexitarian is simply a fancy name for someone who eats meat sparingly and on the rare occasion. Some flexitarians eat meat once a week, others once a month or even bi-monthly.



There are several methods of logic to put on the flexitarian diet that will help reduce the amount of meat you eat. One method is to eat meat only when it is given to you. An example of this might be when you attend a dinner party and the entrée is prime rib. Rather than taking the vegetarian approach and abstaining from the meat in the meal, you can feel free to indulge. Otherwise, don't buy meat and prepare it yourself. You'll notice a drastic reduction in your meat consumption immediately, but still be able to eat it on occasion.

Another method is to set a schedule for yourself. Say you decide to eat meat once a week. You can try setting Thursday night as your meat night and stick to it. Your body will be more adaptable to eating meat on a regular schedule, rather than sporadically on random occasions.

A more haphazard approach is to simply say that you're going to eat less meat and act on it. If there are vegetarian options at the restaurant you're at, opt for those. Instead of buying meat at the store, grab a brick of tofu every now and then instead. By simply being conscious of your desire to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, you inevitably will.



Not only will you experience noticeable health benefits by becoming flexitarian, the meat eating experience will be enhanced when you do eat it. You can look forward to that Thursday night steak and have a deeper appreciation for its delicious taste. When you happen upon a dinner party that's serving meat, you'll be delighted that the opportunity has presented itself, and really sink those taste buds into that chicken.





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