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Are you a Flexitarian?

Apparently Britain is becoming a nation of “flexitarians” — people who don't eat meat during the week.

There has been a huge increase in “part-time” vegetarians who eat meat only occasionally, often saving it as a treat for the weekend or on social occasions, according to recent research.

The term “flexitarian” has been coined by retail analysts to describe anyone who eats meat three times a week or less. This consumer group has grown by 2.2 million people in the past two years and now makes up about half of the population, according to Kantar World Panel, which analyses the consumption patterns of households.

At the same time, the number of people eating a large amount of meat — considered to be nine or more portions a week — has fallen.

What are your views? Have your meat eating habits changed?  How many times do you eat meat in the week? Do you still enjoy a Sunday Roast? Do you eat more vegetarian food than previously? Do you eat more fish than meat? Could you give up eating meat totally?

Are you a Flexitarian?

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nagonthenet
31st Jan 2017
2
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We can't afford meat any longer and I don't suppose we are alone in that
Jenninora
21st Jan 2017
1
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Yes I am a Flexitarian, but what a word. Not liked. Another word to add to dictionary. I have just polished of a portion of home made Victoria Plum pudding and custard. Made with plums I pulled myself from a totally organic garden ( no chemical , natural, God given ) and destoned and frozen. Two hours prior I had a home cooked rice dish, mince and a variety of vegetables. Why I leave a decent period between courses is that I think piling courses of food is not good for the body. I love my variety. Meat sourced correctly ( best butcher ) vegetable from garden or I will forage when season is in ( no chemical ) About Flexitarian, yes. A little of what you fancy does you good. But cut the portions. Habit has caught us badly. I like the post on the problem of the fish consumption. Deadly. And our atmosphere of flying fluff. Ohhhhh.
Wilf
18th Jan 2017
4
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I just eat what I want and am thankful I have food. Millions of people do not have the luxury of being able to eat well. We should be eternally grateful for what we have. "Back in the good old days" when I was a boy we had meat and veg if we were lucky. If not beans on toast, cheese on toast, eggs on toast. you got what you were served and were thankful for it. I actually get a bit angry all the TV food programmes and diets today. Its all quite vulgar. We should be kind to animals and if we do have to eat them at some point ensure they have a painless end. My final comment we should eat less meat because its cruel to the animals.
Pam1960
17th Jan 2017
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Does eating always have to be healthy. Can we not occasionally eat the so called naughty foods without feeling like we have committed some major crime. The foods that are apparently bad for us taste so much better than the so called healthy options. A little bit of what you fancy does you good
Lionel
18th Jan 2017
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Exactly. Couldn't have said it better.

Really can't tolerate health 'experts,' telling me what I discarded years ago.
Goodeone
17th Jan 2017
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It really amazes me that people believe chickens to be healthy. The way the manority are crammed into sheds with little light or space. Can that be a healthy enviroment? They are as a matter of course injected against disease. Who knows what effect continual consumption of such flesh does to people. If the chickens you eat are cheap ask yourself why. In eatingchickens and fish you are still eat in meat it's just not red.
paula2401
16th Jan 2017
2
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We have cut down on red meat and are eating a lot more chicken and fish but couldn't give up. My family don't think it's a real meal without meat or fish.
Lionel
16th Jan 2017
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Paula, I agree with them! Pasta etc., don't do it for me. If I've been grafting then I need meat.

Pasta etc., is for those who don't graft in anyway, but need a gym to keep fit.
Jo Kingham
16th Jan 2017
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I haven't eaten meat or dairy for years and feel so much better for it - I love my plant based diet and my taste buds have changed significantly. My husband and kids still enjoy meat but I do limit it to once, twice a week at a push. The rest of the time I give them chicken, turkey, fish and they have 2 completely vegetarian days. I try my best to stick to organic meat wherever possible too. My kids moan at me for not allowing them processed meats like ham but I keep telling them they will thank me when they are older! I think in general we are just so much more health conscious these days. We all love a sunday roast - just without the meat!
Lionel
16th Jan 2017
2
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Jo, I entirely agree with keeping off processed foods. I was in agriculture for twenty five years and my now nearly son-in-law is in the processing end of food. When we get together and exchange tales - true tales - my dear wife tells us to shut up because, as she says, we've got to eat something!

It is a truism to say, unless you grow your fruit and vegetables yourself, they are in several ways 'processed,' and none of these processes can tend toward good health.

It's a good thing we are so much more health conscious these days. Once it was just people like me, knowing how food is produced on farms. But now, with so many people mindful of what they eat shops and supermarkets are changing the range of foods they sell. That's not the end of the story but it is a start.
Goodeone
17th Jan 2017
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Pleased to hear you have given up meat and dairy.
Pwilly
15th Jan 2017
2
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I think my tastes have evolved, so I find mself eating less of the things I used to eat. I wouldn't go so far as to put a label on it,
Lionel
15th Jan 2017
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For Pam1960:

I love your wit, Pam.

Yes, that was dinner tonight. Much was home grown and all was home cooked, by me.

I take no notice whatsoever of health fads. For all the animal fat I eat my cholesterol last year was 3! Heart and circulation just fine. My only problem is arthritis from 25 years as a farm worker when it was mostly manual work.

Please understand, I wouldn't advocate my life style for everyone. no. But my life has been very physical, and still is, and so much of the so called bad stuff I eat is burned off.

OK, 'Orff for supper. A cheddar cheese sandwich, home made bread ... a couple of slices of onion ... and I'm prepared to sleep in the spare room tonight because of onion breath! Yep, within a couple of minutes I'll be kicked out.

Hopefully, we'll speak tomorrow.
Pam1960
15th Jan 2017
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I love having the daily round every Sunday for the traditional roast. Not sure whether it is the meat that appeals or the family gathering. The rest of the week I eat what I fancy be it fish, meat or veggie food. I have never been a huge meat eaters always preferring fish but there are times I like a juicy steak. Actually I could give meat up for cheese. I could easily eat cheese for every meal. Is there a name for that
Yodama
15th Jan 2017
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Your love for cheese at every meal is a wonderful idea Pam1960, the beloved duo Wallace & Gromit loved cheese so much, they journeyed to the moon because they thought it was made of cheese.
Maybe a dedication is in order, the naming of the love of cheese, Wallacing, when you have overindulged maybe you would feel quite Wallaced?
Pam1960
15th Jan 2017
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Brilliant. New word of the year. At the end of the day I will be well and truly Wallace. Love it. All cheese lovers should use this. Well done Little Monxton for thinking of it
Lionel
15th Jan 2017
2
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OK, we're Wallacing tonight. Cheese something for dinner. That's just brilliant Minxie! Thank you.

Maybe it will be an old standby: chicken breast, lightly fried in butter and then grilled. Slice long ways and a slice of three month old Stilton inserted. Then back to the grill for a few moments. Serve with home grown Broccoli, butter fried potatoes, mushrooms and, well, couldn't miss out on an Edam cheese sauce. Cholesterol City!

Happy Wallacing!
Pam1960
15th Jan 2017
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I can see you are into healthy eating as you are grilling the chicken. That should even out the cheese, butter, mushrooms etc. All my favourites, I am so hungry I might have some cheese and biscuits
Yodama
18th Jan 2017
2
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Wallacing tonight, cheese , tomatoes, olives, capers.
aliwil
15th Jan 2017
1
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Like some of the respondents so far, this is something that we've come to almost unconsciously as we've got older and only cook for the two of us. Don't do a regular roast anymore - but enjoy one when we eat out, and at Christmas! Think the term is funny.
Prosseco
15th Jan 2017
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We have a Sunday dinner all year round, we do try not to eat to much red meat during the week, we have fish at least once a week.we do like some vegitarian food but we would never be come vegitarian.
JohnHerb
14th Jan 2017
5
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Well its an interesting one as I think it is being proved that too much meat is bad for people. But hang on looking around we all seem to be eating fish and from what I read they have millions of mico plastic pieces in them and also the new pollutant seems to fibres from our fleeces. i always wear one in my garden and gets washed about once a fortnight. Apparently one fleece being washed puts thousands of mini fibres into the sea and fish swallow them and we eat them. So if I eat fish I am eating plastic and fibre? Think i will stick to my own vegetables at least I know where they are coming from-good old English soil with a bit of leaf mould and manure on them. Rant over. Good night.
Yodama
15th Jan 2017
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Well there you go JohnHerb, we all need fibre in our diets!
Lionel
16th Jan 2017
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Johnherb, that was an informative comment. I didn't know about the fibres in a fleece. Thank you.

As far as fish is concerned, we live twelve miles from the Suffolk coast. Most fish available here is from that part of the North Sea. Yet Sizewell is less than twenty miles from us, slap bang in the fishing grounds. A man with his own fishing boat showed me some of the mutants of marine life that comes up with the nets. Unbelievable.

Yet if we use supermarkets I know for a fact some of their fish is from the South Atlantic and it's been dead for maybe six weeks before going on a counter. No wonder it often stinks of ammonia - rotting fish.

Although we've always been confirmed meat eaters the time may now be upon us when a re-think is necessary, and thereby a need for a little more land.
Wilf
18th Jan 2017
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What sort of mutants come up Lionel? Are there a large percentage vv other fishing grounds?
Lionel
13th Feb 2017
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Wilf, I missed this question, so apologies are necessary.

Yes, there is a huge number of mutants, the fisherman suggested up to fifty per cent when fishing within a dozen miles of Sizewell. I'm told there is a cold current of water running north/south down the English coast. That explains why fisher folk head north of Sizewell and out into the deep water channel. Having skinny dipped in the North Sea I can heartily confirm the cold current.

The fish he sells is not cheap but compared to the smelly fish on a supermarket counter it's just brilliant.

You ask what sort of mutants? Well, I've seen a few. Hideous looking cod with an eye on a stalk, as well as two in it's head. A haddock that had a mouth like a hammerhead shark. Even bottom feeders like plaice had begun developing more rounded bodies so they may begin to feed in the upper layers of the sea.

But that shouldn't surprise us. Whilst a pig keeper on farms so many times I've birthed piglets with no anus; once had one with two heads and also once a piglet with four legs and a fifth coming from the underside of it's pelvis. Pigs have trotters, but one piglet was birthed with what looked like claws on it's front feet. Such creatures have no future and must not be allowed to breed so I would bring them into contact with a block wall at a rate of knots. However distasteful this may seem it really is a kindness.

Just going off your question for a moment, the last litter of Collies I bred, this time at home, realised one who was neither bitch nor dog, but had the gentials of both. My wife couldn't bear for me to dispense with the pup and so, against best advice it grew. At three months it looked like an Alsatian. Now, given Collies are the first generation of development from wolves - and believe me their behaviour confirms that - the second generation, the next from a Collie, is an Alsatian. So we bred an Alsatian from Collie parents! A throw back? No, Mum and Dad's line is thoroughbred Collie, working dogs for so many generations.

This one was a mutant. Just for information, at a year old this dog was not viable. It had arthritis, a crooked spine and was rejected from the social order of the three Collies I have. She/he was in such pain, couldn't walk properly and often howled in pain, I had a vet do the job.

I know this last sounds a little harsh, but having worked with farm animals for years I haven't acquired a hard heart, no, but seen what is viable and what is not. But that is never an easy decision.
Wilf
13th Feb 2017
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Fascinating Lionel. With the Pigs do you think that was just natural as so many are reared or a reflection of the environment and chemicals in it etc?
Lionel
14th Jan 2017
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Flexitarians! What a load of retail analyst's nonsense - but isn't retail analisys nonsense too? Missed the Aldi/Lidl insursion, didn't they? Orwell's doublespeak. Typical 'snowflake' speak, categorising us. Do these so highly paid execs think we are all stupid? Seems so. The pity is, we raised them!

My dear wife and I are meat eaters and fish eaters. We grow our own veggies and fruit and our chickens lay our eggs. Categorise that!

Neanderthal, like Munsterlander? That's OK by me. We're rural dwellers where one does these things, that's real rural people not the city migrants who have messed up their cities and run away. We're not metropolitans who have vastly expensive kitchens and live on take aways; no, we are real country people, not city migrant shams. I hunt and shoot some of our food. Oh dear, some of the recent migrants to our hamlet hate that. 'You killed a fluffy wabbit'

I suspect they are flexitarians! But, I haven't seen the term flexitarian on the supermarket food packs! Suitable for ... mmm. Better not ask me!

Flexitarians? My gandmother, who was the cook in a large country pile in Norfolk for many years, would cut one such a withering glance at the mention of such term. One did nothing other than wither at that look. Occasionally, death would have been preferable.

Flexitarians ... Mmmm. Waiter, that a ten ounce steak, with offal and home smoked bacon. Oh, and a doggy bag, if you please.

If, in your local shopping centre you see a chap with a placard and head thing declaring himself to be a flexitarian, it wont be me!
Yodama
14th Jan 2017
4
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I don't plan meals, Newspeak scares me. who comes up with all these mind control titles?

I don't follow the rules, bit of a hooligan where eating is concerned, I eat whatever takes my fancy, if it is meat all week, that's ok, if I feel like salads that's ok too.
Your body will tell you what you need and you must obey.
Yodama
14th Jan 2017
4
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The analysts who undertook this study area 'Retail' specialists. I urge all free thinking people. resist, resist, resist!
Lionel
16th Jan 2017
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Yes, Minxie, your body does tell you what it needs. To ignore it surely is a folly for which we will pay in kind.
JeanC5
14th Jan 2017
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I do not eat meat very often now. Just now and again. This is partly on animal welfare grounds. i.e. intensive farming methods, etc. I often eat fish and like plenty vegetables and fruit.
ginntonic
14th Jan 2017
3
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Yes, as I get older I find I am eating a lot less meat during the week. To be honest I would eat less at weekends as well but my family still like a Sunday roast so I have a bit meat then as well. I much prefer fish now along with a good mix of fresh veg.
2travelite
14th Jan 2017
3
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Yes, my eating habits have changed over the years; mainly because of the amazing choice of fish, vegetables and fruit available. I eat more fish these days out of choice, meat just doesn't taste the same as when I was a child, probably because it was such a rarity then. Also don't eat as many carbs, they were generally piled on your plate to fill you up! I don't want to give up meat completely, just pleased I can eat what I want, when I want it.
Munsterlander
14th Jan 2017
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No in a word! I am a bit of a neanderthal and like to eat what I like to eat. Still have meat most days and my wife is very traditional as well. Liver, peas and potatoes. Keeps us full and we enjoy it. Cannot be doing with all of these fads. One minute eggs are no good for us. the next minute they are very good for us. Now sugar is the new enemy. In 10 years they will be saying we all need to have more sugar in our diets. My grandparents on my mothers side lived to their mid 90s. No fruit, meat like tripe and a few vegetables that grandpa grew most of the time. Quite a bit of dirt still on them as well as he said it was good for us?....and they were very hard people. Poor but proud. How did they live to their 90s with such a poor diet?
MrsPat
14th Jan 2017
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Another strange name dreamt up by the media. But interesting as I think we as a family probably are we don't eat much meat anyway and normally have a roast on Sunday in the winter but in the week its often pasta and eggs on toast, quick meals as we are all so busy
Marley444
14th Jan 2017
7
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Love the name! And yes I think I am. Over recent times we eat less and less meat .. not necessarily consciously but actually because I prefer food without meat. There are so many interesting things you can make without the need for meat. We do eat more fish though. We still have a Sunday roast most weeks even when there is just the two of us ... a tradition that I am happy to keep. If I am eating out I will quite often choose the vegetarian option and on any longhaul flights I would always pre-book a vegetarian meal too. So yes I am a Flexitarian.

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