Previously I talked about how to give up meat just once a week to make a positive impact on the environment (yes there are 10 pounds burgers being sold in restaurants). I have friends for whom it is inconceivable that there can be a meal without meat or that human beings can live without consuming a big piece of steak on their dinner plate each night. The reality is that probably billions of people do not eat meat either because they are too poor to afford it or increasingly for health or environment of animal rights issues.
One of the easiest ways to become a vegetarian eventually is to become a flexitarian first. A flexitarian is one who is flexible. She can survive mostly on a vegetarian diet but when she feels like it or is at a party/restaurant where she may not have a choice, she just orders a meat dish.
Now Dawn Jackson Blatner has an excellent book called “The Flexitarain Diet — The Mostly Vegetarian Way To Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, And Add Years To Life” on living a flexitarian lifestyle. I have been a flexitarian now for over 15 years and I am in excellent health. I do not think I have seen a doctor for an illness during this period. My BMI is very low, and while I exercise regularly and watch what I eat, I would definitely say that eating fiber-rich and low calorie vegetable dishes definitely helps. I have no scientific evidence that my diet is prevening me from getting any diseases or putting me on a trajectory of living longer, I do know that it is possible to live well and enjoy a variety of great dishes without using any meat at all.