The flexitarian diet is very flexible and does not completely eliminate any foods from your diet, but it does discourage you from eating certain foods on a regular basis.
It helps you to eat a vegetarian diet on a part-time basis, and you decide at what level you want to eat at. A vegetarian diet does not allow you to eat meat, but you can still have dairy and eggs. You can also choose to have eggs and not dairy, or vice versa. The flexitarian diet works in a similar way, except that it is more flexible and you can still have meat and animal proteins occasionally.
The following is a list of foods you should avoid on the flexitarian diet:
Most meats such as steak and pork are high in saturated fats and cholesterol, which overtime can cause heart disease and many types of cancers. On top of that, the animals are fed genetically modified foods and given growth hormones and antibiotics which remain in the meats even after you cook them.
Poultry is meat which comes from any type of bird such as a chicken, turkey or duck. This meat is usually good for you because it contains high amounts of lean proteins, and may even help to ward off some cancers. But regardless of the benefits, it is a meat which you should sometimes avoid, simply because of the growth hormones and antibiotics which are fed to the birds.
Fish are generally good for you, and most nutritionists will encourage you to eat them several times per week because of their omega 3 fatty acids. But, a lot of fish contain high amounts of mercury or other contaminants from the environment and industrial pollutions which you do not want in your body. You can still get your omega fatty acids by consuming flax seeds and avocados, as well as the oils of flax and avocados.
Eggs are high in protein, but they also contain high amounts of cholesterol which can lead to high blood cholesterol. You can easily replace them with tofu, avocados or nuts and still get the same nutrients without the cholesterol.
Milk is high in calcium and is said to be good for the bones and teeth. But, new studies have revealed that the acids within the milk may actually cause you to lose calcium. Additionally, all the drugs and genetically modified foods which are given to the cows can also end up in your milk. To add more calcium to your diet naturally, simply eat a lot of dark leafy green vegetables.
Most people cannot imagine not eating these types of foods because they contain so many good nutrients, and they are tasty. But all the nutrients can be obtained from a plant-based diet.
If you are new to the flexitarian diet, you may want to begin at the beginner level where you do not eat meat or animal products for 2 days a week, then you can move on to the advanced level where you go 3 to 4 days a week without meat, and then at the expert level you do not eat it for 5 days.