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What the FLIK is…the flexitarian diet?

The Flexitarian Diet was created by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in 2009. Blatner published a book titled “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life” which includes recipes and a five-week meal plan. The idea is to be flexible in your eating by including mostly plants in the diet while allowing the flexibility to add meat. In other words, no need to go completely vegetarian or vegan to reap the benefits of plant-based eating. This year, the US News and World Report ranked the Flexitarian Diet as number two on the list of Best Diets Overall in 2019. It also ranked in the top 10 of a number of lists including the Best Plant-Based Diets and Easiest Diets to Follow.

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Here’s Why Our FLIK Dietitians Love It
The Flexitarian Diet emphasizes adding foods to your diet, rather than subtracting them. Whole grains, meat alternatives, beans, dairy, and of course, fruits and vegetables are all emphasized at the core of the flexitarian way of eating. With so many diets focused on the removal of foods or food groups, it’s refreshing to see a diet focus on adding, not taking away. US News and World Report also points out that this diet is easy to follow because of its limited rules and flexibility. Plus, it also allows for eating out instead of cooking all of your meals at home.If you’re looking to add more plants to your plate this new year, then the Flexitarian Diet may be a good place to start. Adding more plants is known to have positive health benefits no matter what your 2020 health goals may be. And with nine out of 10 Americans not meeting the recommended fruit and vegetable intake each day, we think a renewed focus on plants is a solid resolution.

Wondering where to start? Check out a few of our favorite plant-based recipes and give it a try. You may discover you love eating more fruits and vegetables. After all, January is all about trying something new, right?

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At FLIK Hospitality Group we believe in great food, great service, and great people. Our wellness first approach ensures our food supports healthy and delicious choices, specially curated by our team of culinary experts and registered dietitians. At FLIK, we believe in seasonality in sourcing our ingredients and providing a customized approach to the culinary and hospitality needs of each client. Our dedication to providing quality hospitality service is unparalleled in the industry.

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