Vegetarian-Inclined?

In just a few days it will be one month since I started eating Vegetarian. But what then? Reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan has nudged me to look deeper into the food choices that I make. What choices will truly make the difference or matter the most? Should we focus more on eating organic vs. non-organic, vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian, or both? What are the grey areas? Looking back at Pollan’s Points, I wonder, is it really worth the struggles to eat vegetarian?

shot-2013-04-26_21-25-32The rise of this concept of a “Vegetarian-inclined” diet has been quite controversial. How can one who is not ready to give up meat still be able to positively impact the environment? Can simply limiting one’s diet to that of a Flexitarian’s do any justice? Someone with a vegetarian-inclined diet would simply be eating his/her fair share, but not accounting for the entire meat industry as it continues to slaughter animals cruelly and excessively. Besides the common factor of reducing meat in a diet, there are no other clear similarities between a Vegetarian-Inclined and Vegan/Vegetarian diet. Is this grey area too far of a stretch or can one proudly announce themselves as having a Vegetarian-Inclined diet?

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22.8 million adult Americans claimed to practice a Vegetarian-inclined diet in a 2012 survey. Accounting for a large portion of the population, if practiced properly, I think, this diet can make a great impact on the way we produce meat. The concept provides as a great feasible goal for those who are not ready to give up meat. It allows for those who never considered Vegetarianism to at least consider a Vegetarian-Inclined diet. However, the concept could also be easily abused by those who want to create a good image for themselves without having to sacrifice too much of their own desires.

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6 thoughts on “Vegetarian-Inclined?

    • Thank you! I am leaning towards a flexitarian diet. However, I’m a little worried that with this loose definition I might just slip into the dietary habits of the regular omnivore. I think I might practice flexitarian with the mind-set that I am vegetarian. This way I will be more conscious each time that I eat meat.

      • That’s a smart idea! I never buy meat so when I’m at home, I don’t eat meat. However, when I go out to the restaurant, I occasionally order a meal with meat, so it’s definitely a flexitarian diet 🙂

  1. I think what you said about practicing flexitarianism with the mind of a vegetarian is a really good idea. If everyone did that, and cut out a portion of their meat, it would make a huge difference. I also like what you said about it being a feasible goal. It is a lot easier to cut back on the amount of meat you eat than it is to cut it out completely. I was surprised to hear how many people consider themselves to be vegetarian-inclined in the chart you have because I have never even heard of flexitarian or pollotarian before. Your charts are great!

  2. I do agree with the idea that to be vegetarian-inclined is a good feasible choice for most of the people. Even though they didn’t sacrifice their desires for meat totally, the reduction of meat consumption can somehow benefit the environment and people’s health. I remembered when my father was asked to eat Vegetarian by the doctor, he felt so hard to give up eating meat completely because he had get used to eating meat since he was young. A sudden change of diet habit is hard, but vegetarian-inclined diet can be a good start of the change.

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