Flexitarian, I guess that’s me

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A more plant based diet; for the environment. That’s what I started more than 18 months ago. Before that I was an avid meat eater. There was a time in my life that I couldn’t imagine a life without it. I loved the taste and texture. It was a part of almost every lunch and dinner. When I went to a restaurant, I’d treat myself with a beautiful steak.

Now I’m a different person. I never thought I would say this: “I don’t care for a steak anymore”.

The flavour is boring and I actually don’t understand why I liked it in the first place. I do still eat meat, but once or twice a week at the most. The biggest difference I notice in myself between now and a year and a half ago, is that I don’t have cravings for meat anymore. I don’t have to force myself to buy vegan or vegetarian meals. To me this is very fascinating. That it takes well over a year for a body and mind to change its settings and get used to a new lifestyle.

I feel very healthy with my flexitarian diet. I don’t think I’m missing out on any nutricion. However, I am convinced that it’s good for me to still eat some meat. Also I don’t want to put myself in the position of having nothing to choose from in a restaurant or forcing others to cook differently for me. But I’m very happy about the thought of having cut about a kilo of meat per week. Imagine if the whole world did such a thing.

Of course I’m not the only one who is ditching more and more animal based foods from their diet. This is also visible in the supermarkets. The vegan or vegetarian “meat” section in the supermarket is growing larger and larger. Even though it’s a good signal, I dislike all the fake meat products. It’s even more expensive than real meat. I exchanged the meat products in my meals with mushrooms, beans and occasionally nuts and seeds. 

I’m a happy, healthy flexitarian and proud of it.

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