What does it mean to be a flexitarian?
Being a flexitarian means leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle based on proper nutrition that contributes to spiritual and physical health through preserving and caring for the environment. This means that our health does not depend only on the diet and daily activities we practice but, above all, on the care we show for the environment from which we draw the resources we need for life and survival. That is why being a flexitarian means at the same time taking care of our own psychophysical health and the health of the environment to which we as individuals and communities belong. But, to understand how our health and diet affect the environment, we must start from the following question: what constitutes the essence of the flexitarian lifestyle?
Environmental responsibility is the secret of the flexitarian way of life
In order to be able to understand and properly apply the flexitarian way of life, we need to start from ourselves and the environment to which we belong. Numerous harmful habits that we adopted as children have largely shaped the way of life that most of us have today. As a consequence of ingrained harmful habits, in the first place there is a general deterioration of health, and in the second place there are increasingly serious environmental problems that affect the planet every day. World population growth, air, land and water pollution and severely disturbed ecological balance are just some of these problems. Excessive and irrational depletion of natural resources such as deforestation, water consumption or mass production of food based on meat and meat products are among the most complex global and environmental challenges.
Although many will say that as individuals there is nothing they can do, it is not true! Because just as individuals, by changing ourselves and our harmful life habits, we influence others, following our example through everyday life practice, to gradually expand the local and global flexitarian network!
To a healthy lifestyle through caring for the environment
Being a flexitarian is not the same as being a vegetarian! While the vegetarian diet implies a complete waiver of certain types of food, such as meat and meat products, the flexitarian diet involves a balanced intake of all foods that contain ingredients necessary for human health and its body. That is why flexitarianism, unlike other humanistic directions, has one more component, and that is the care for the protection and preservation of the environment, which is the basis of the flexitarian diet. It is not based on the rejection of any type of food that the individual organism needs for its normal functioning, but through rational decisions and actions that seek to influence the living environment and preserve its resources for present and future generations. By reducing the share of food of animal origin, it also reduces the negative effects on the environment. By reducing such foods in our diet, we also reduce the share of harmful products in our body, which affects the improvement of general psychophysical health. In this way, we directly affect the environment, contributing to the reduction of waste products generated in the process of food production of animal origin. This consequently reduces the amount of waste generated and pollutes the environment, and reduces the excessive consumption of water and terrestrial resources that are depleted in the process of artificial reproduction of animal species used in food, which due to maintenance, nutrition and propulsion the production of meat and meat products further worsens the disturbed ecological balance.
The flexitarian diet thus upholds the basic principles of humanity and the equal right of every being to life and survival.
Flexitarian diet to health and natural balance
The flexitarian diet implies a balanced intake of various foods of plant origin with a gradual reduction in the amount of foods of animal origin in the daily diet. Recipes for the flexitarian diet prepared by prominent domestic and foreign experts in the field are available on the website of the Flexitarian Foundation.
In order to bring flexitarianism closer to as many people as possible, our efforts are to educate and promote healthy living, eating and environmental habits that should contribute to protecting the environment, plant and animal species and to preserve its resources in the present and future.
By choosing the flexitarian lifestyle and the flexitarian diet that is accepted by more and more people around the world every day, we are opting for a more beautiful, healthier and more humane environment to which we all belong together.