The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life

If you’d like to have all the health benefits of a vegetarian diet–but can’t imagine giving up meat . . .
If you’d like to lose weight, increase energy, and boost your immunity–but can’t stand following a bunch of rules and restrictions . . .
The Flexitarian Diet is just for you!

“With her flexible mix-and-match plans, Dawn Jackson Blatner gives us a smart new approach to cooking and eating.”
–Joy Bauer, M.S., RD, CDN, “Today” show dietitian and bestselling author of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

The Flexitarian Diet is a fresh approach to eating that’s balanced, smart, and completely do-able.”
–Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite” and author of The Food You Crave

“Offers a comprehensive, simple-to-follow approach to flexitarian eating-the most modern, adaptable, delicious way to eat out there.”
–Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, senior food and nutrition editor of Health magazine

“It’s about time someone told consumers interested in taking control of their weight and health how to get the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle without having to cut meat completely out of their life.”
–Byrd Schas, senior health producer, New Media, Lifetime Entertainment Services

 

3 thoughts on “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life

  1. Highly Recommended! As a registered dietitian, chef, and fellow author, I find few diet books worthy of recommending. But The Flexitarian Diet is one that I do highly recommend. It’s based on sound science. It’s written in a witty, easy-to-follow style in a way in which you know that Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, is passionate about what she is suggesting.I love that everything is based on straightforward fives–five food groupings, five-week meal plan, and more. But it’s not based on a gimmick like so many diet books. And it’s not really a “diet” as it’s not based on avoidance. It’s a positive, no-guilt approach to eating, which is the most effective approach to healthy eating for a lifetime. In fact, this fresh flexitarian approach is how I eat and what I tell those who are not already vegetarians to strive for. That means if you really want a little bit of meat, it’s okay on occasion.Plus, there are many, many recipes (with short ingredient lists!) and shopping checklists included that make eating healthfully and following a meal plan simple–without sacrificing flavor.You will enjoy this smart book while getting healthier at the same time!

  2. What Is The Flexitarian Diet? From: […]Book Review: The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life (McGraw-Hill, 2008) by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDNA licensed and registered dietitian and a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, Dawn Jackson Blatner is also the hostess of a “Healthy Eating’ segment on Chicago’s Fox News in the Morning. Once referring to herself as a “closet meat eater, she now openly calls herself a flexitarian. Dawn is mainly a vegetarian who eats a little red meat on occasion–a flexitarian.Dawn Blatner writes that the word “flexitarian” was chosen by the American Dialect Society as the Most Useful Word of the Year (2003). Also, a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition sampled 13,000 people and found that 2 of 3 vegetarians eat this way.Key Points to The Flexitarian Diet: * Eating a plant-based vegetarian diet is the smartest thing we can do for our health. * The author has taught flexitarian eating to thousands of clients and has seen them lose 20-80lbs. * Phytochemicals in plants protect us from all types of disease. * Vegetarians live 3.6 years longer on average than non-vegetarians. (They have less disease.) They also weigh approximately 15% less than non-vegetarians. * The Flexitarian Diet is a gradual shifting to a healthier way of eating. It promises a 15-30lb weight loss within 6-12 months. Benefits also include improved: energy, self-esteem, arthritis, blood pressure, cholesterol, sleep, triglyceride and glucose levels. Also associated with this type of diet is a reduced risk of: cancer, diabetes, heart disease. * Contains 100 recipes, but no photos of them. Divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, it includes “swaps” for how to add poultry, fish, or red meat to a meal. Nutritional information is listed and the recipes are calorie-controlled, meet the American Heart Association’s certification for sodium and saturated fat levels, contain no artificial ingredients, trans fat, or sugar substitutes. Shopping lists and meal plans are supposed to benefit the reader’s weight loss.Examples to try: * Burger with Broccoli Raab * Black Bean and Zucchini Quesadillas (with cheddar cheese) * Pad-Thai-Style Tempeh * Pinto and Cheese PoblanosThe Flexitarian Diet includes a fitness chapter covering the various aspects of how to get moving and get into shape. Advice is given regarding types of exercise, gym memberships, how to maintain motivation, type of shoe to be worn, and how to beat exercise barriers. (Excuses for not exercising)Dawn Blatner has 10 pages of references and blocks of facts throughout highlighting important points. The meat of the book discusses vegetarian issues related to food groups, beans, tofu products, flavoring, cost control, organic vs. conventional, etc..The Flexitarian Diet certainly catches the eye with a beautifully photographed cover which illustrates the book’s content well. The Flexitarian Diet is a healthy way for the beginning weight-loss conscious person to start. And it is also for those who wish to really make a change for long-lasting health, taking a new approach to how they shop, prepare, and enjoy their food.As diet books change into wellness books, more emphasis is put into total body health. The reader should be able to ask such questions as, “How will bad cholesterol be reduced? Will I be able to walk farther? Am I sleeping better?” The Flexitarian Diet hits this mark.5 Stars

  3. How To Become A Vegetarian In 8,000,000 Steps That’s the number of daily meal combinations that you can create Dawn Jackson Blatner’s mix and match menus/recipes. Part 1 explains her purpose behind the five by five by five plan: five is the average number of ingredients people run into the grocery store to buy after work for that night’s dinner. Five small meals a day to fuel your metabolism: 300 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, 500 calorie dinner, and 2 150- calorie snacks which equals 1500 calories a day. Need only 1200 calories? No problem eliminate snacks. Need 1800 calories? No problem. Double up breakfast. That’s the whole point of being FLEXIBLE. The calorie count design allows me to be lazy and have the occasional Amy’s Mattar Paneer Tofu(vegan) with a broiled banana for dinner without feeling like I’ve blown anything. It even has a quiz where you can see where you are one the flexitarian scale.Part 2: Introduces you to some vegetarian foods you may not be familiar with if you are a carnivore. She also talks to you about setting up your healthy pantry, getting in more fruits and veggies (even into the picky veggie-hating eaters in your family. Nuts, cheese, and barbeque or sweet and sour sauce anyone? There is a chart that tells you how long to cook different grains such as quinoa, teff, kasha etc. I love the fact that this info is all in handy chart form making it easy to use for those of us, like me, with short attention spans.Part 3 has those mix-and-match meal plans that I love so much. She has 5 different week with 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, and 7 snacks complete with shopping lists should you want to follow the plan exactly. Note: the shopping lists assume you’ve stocked your pantry so, if you skipped that part, you might want to go back and reread it.All the recipes are for one person which it ideal for those of us who are the only vegetarians in our family. But, you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipes to fit your family needs. I consider this a plus. I’ve bought quite a few vegetarian cookbooks that make 4, 6, even 8 portions. WAY too much for me.This book is great for anyone who wants to be vegetarian some, most, or all of the time, and is just too TIRED to plan it all out.Incidentally, I tried this for 3 weeks before posting a review. I found that I ate vegan 20 out of 21 of those days simply because those are the recipes I picked. I substituted soy and almond milk for regular milk, scrambled tofu for scrambled eggs, and soy yogurt and vegan cheese (note: some “vegetarian cheeses have casein so read labels). My point being that you CAN use this book if you or someone in your family is vegan. Oh. And, I lost 8 lbs. Not too shabby.

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