- What are flexitarian foods? What do flexitarians eat ?
- What is a flexitarian?
- How is a flexitarian different from a semi-vegetarian?
There are many questions about flexitarians. The term is relatively new, but flexitarians have been around forever. The terms quasi-vegetarian and semi-vegetarian mean the same thing. None of these types are vegetarians because they all eat meat, fish or poultry in some form.
Flexitarians, near-vegetarians, and semi-vegetarians generally eat a plant-based diet. There are several reasons why they choose to eat less meat.
Often the reason given is that the flexitarian lives with a vegetarian or vegan and then eats what that person eats. It’s simpler that way, as only one meal is prepared. Away from home, the flexitarian can choose to eat anything, including meat, fish and poultry.
Another person may choose a flexitarian diet because friends and/or family are not vegetarians. When alone, the vegetarian diet is preferred. When in the company of others, the motto becomes eating what others are eating. They are flexible.
There are a few reasons for decisions coming from this perspective.
First, holidays and celebrations, for example, are special occasions with traditional meals. The food served may have been a family favorite over generations. There is comfort in tradition and deep emotions in breaking bread with family. As has always been done, meals are often based on one or more meats.
Flexitarians have the option to eat as much as they like and enjoy the party with the tribe.
A second reason is that some who have decided a vegetarian lifestyle suits them are uncomfortable in social situations with omnivores. They just find it easier and less of a problem to eat what everyone else is eating. They are not objects of attention because they are different and no one needs to know that they are vegetarian.