A Case for Flexitarianism aka me convincing myself it still works for me


My boss and his wife recently watched the documentary Forks over Knives and have since decided to try a vegan lifestyle. I would highly recommend watching this documentary. It definitely had an impact on my decision (and the boyfriend’s!) to eat mostly vegan. I have stuck to this better than he has but I’m not going to nag him about it. That is why I believe flexitarian eating is a really good lifestyle for some people. I am obsessed with food and I only choose to eat good food. I think everyone should be picky about what they put in their body in regards to both taste and nutrition. I try not to eat things that are bad fuel for my body but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to enjoy everything I do choose to fuel my body. This is why I choose to be “flexitarian” (it sounds so pretentious doesn’t it?) I love fish! I can’t help it. I know that fish and mussels and shrimp are animals too but they are not something I am willing to give up at this time. While I try the best I can sometimes I eat something that may have contained eggs or dairy. Last week I went to dinner with a friend and ordered pumpkin gnocchi without the goat cheese but didn’t think about the fact that there is an excellent chance there were eggs in that gnocchi. I ate it anyway and it was delicious and I felt bad about it at first but then I thought to myself…

“Melissa, it is highly unlikely that you even consumed 1 whole egg in that small bowl of gnocchi. Is this ideal? No. If I made this at home would I have used an egg? No. Its ok. It’s not going to kill you. It doesn’t make you a bad person (some people may disagree). Move on.”


My boss asked me for some advice and maybe some sources for vegan recipes. I compiled a list of my favorite vegetarian/flexitarian/vegan cookbooks and passed it on to him. Now I’m passing it on to you:

The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Party Vegan by Robin Robertson

Quick Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook by Robin Robertson

Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson

Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry

The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley

Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson


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