The momentum created by people wanting to eat healthier has built enormously throughout 2017, with people being far more up for trying new foods, cook for themselves and experiment with new ingredients and new diets – all in the name of keeping healthy.
One of the biggest trends of the year has been the large increase in people taking up veganism, a complete removal of meat and all things animal-based, not only from their diet but also their entire lifestyle. This large demand has lead to supermarkets around the country greatly developing their vegan offering, almost to the point of overtaking the gluten-free offering that saw it’s growth during 2015 and 2016.
The diet demands all animal-based foods or items to be stripped from the individual’s lifestyle, in return for a hefty list of health benefits, increase in day-to-day energy, prevention of animal cruelty and doing a lot of good for the environment in general. For some, this complete reversal of a previous way of life can be daunting, if not somewhat anxiety-invoking. Veganism is often confused with Vegetarianism, a diet with far more awareness and known as being simply meat-free. Truly sticking to veganism or the vegetarian diet requires a bit of know-how and a keen eye for constantly reading ingredients, or looking out for the various logos accredited to registered foods. Making a direct switch between such harshly contrasting diets is difficult, which has lead to the rising popularity of a fairly new “diet”: Flexitarianism.
The flexitarian, or part-time vegetarian, diet is often used as a step down the road to being completely meat-free, allowing a transitionary period to allow people to adjust to the changes slowly. Rather than going cold turkey on the turkey, the diet can be flexible to anyone’s desire to move away from animal products, whilst still dealing with cravings and avoiding the need to desperately check labels. A simpler definition of the diet could be someone who wants to negate meat from their diet, but doesn’t obsess over it, they simply reduce the total meat intake in their day to day life as a health-conscious decision.
People all over the globe are starting to realise that eating healthier doesn’t always have to mean not eating well, and whereas extreme dieting may work for some, it’s really about finding ways to renovate your diet, not cutting it back that counts when it comes to weight-loss and healthier living. It’s eating smarter foods that is key, and the flexitarian diet is a great way to focus yourself on finding ways to better your dietary intake, without the fear of accidentally misreading a label, and succumbing to the occasional bacon sandwich.
Another key difference between being a flexitarian and veganism is the high focus on health and nutrition. It’s very easy to go vegan or vegetarian whilst still eating a lot of junk food, similar to the gluten-free diet. Vegan alternatives offered by the supermarkets tend to often be replacements for fatty snack foods, high in sugar, rather than healthy, nutritious meals. Of course, you can definitely lead a vegan lifestyle very healthily, it’s like anything really in that it’s all about your goals and attitude towards healthfulness. Flexitarianism tends to be known for having a better focus on healthier eating, reducing meat as a health-conscious decision.
Here at Mr Lee’s we’re innovating the free-from sector by producing tasty, gourmet noodles. We bring all of the convenience of simply grabbing an unhealthy snack off the shelf of the free-from isle, only, our nutritious meals are healthy by nature. Containing real veggies, our noodles are low in sugar, saturated fats and calories, whilst also tasting fantastic. Two of our flavours are perfect for vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians alike, with no meat, but plenty of tasty, nutritious vegetables and high in proteins.
To get your hands on our Dragon Fire Vegetables and Zen Garden Vegetables, you can visit your local EasyCoffee, look out for them on the trains and planes or, of course, find them right here on our online shop. As we lead up to Veganuary, you can also visit the Vegan Society for more information on what it takes to go fully meat-free.
Want to learn more about various meat-free diets? No worries! We’ve got you covered in our blog post all about them.