If you are you simply looking to consume less meat while adding more seasonal fruits and vegetables and whole or unprocessed foods to you diet the flexitarian-style of eating is probably the modern approach that makes sense for most people.
The compound word really implies what this approach to diet is about. “Flexi” (flexible) and “tarian” as in vegetarian, pescetarian or pollotarian. The overriding importance of the word is flexi. Your diet is less restrictive and flexible.
This lifestyle leaves the consumption of various protein sources somewhat open. Fish and shellfish are included, and, unlike a strict pescetarian diet, eggs and dairy are also included.
Common reasons for adopting a more “plant-based” approach like a flexitarian approach include: weight management, health-consciousness, environmental concerns (pollution and sustainability) and animal welfare.
Consuming less or no meat is far easier today than it was even a few years ago. Meat alternatives from manufacturers like Beyond Meat (pea protein), Impossible Burger (soy protein and other plant based proteins, as well as products from other manufactures including; Field Roast (lentils and soy protein) Gardein (soy protein) and Morning Star (soy protein) offer substitutes that are very flavorful and ounce-for-ounce nearly equal to animal flesh in protein delivery.
In truth, the average individual consuming a Western diet consumes about 100 grams of protein daily. That is actually double what is recommended or necessary for maximum health.
In 2019, a number of respected scientists, advocates and research groups have agreed that the adoption of the flexitarian diet would “save lives and feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet,” when compared to the current Western diet.