Are you interested in incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet without the all-or-nothing commitment of going vegetarian or vegan?
You’re not alone.
In fact, there is a growing number of people who are reducing their intake of animal products rather than cutting them out altogether. According to a recent survey, 35 percent of Brits are eating less meat than they did a year ago. This holds true for Americans, too.
What’s particularly fascinating about this decline is that vegans and vegetarians aren’t the ones behind it. A recent poll found that only 5 percent of Americans identify as vegetarian or vegan—a percentage that hasn’t changed for many years. Instead, the movement is caused in large part by people who are simply cutting back on their red meat, poultry, and seafood intake.
I coined the term “reducetarian” to celebrate this large portion of the population that is choosing to eat fewer animal products. Reducetarians work to cut down their carnivorous consumption by gradually reducing their meat, egg, and dairy intake. They play around with Meatless Mondays, veggie-heavy lunches, and smaller protein portions to see what works best for them.
Here are 10 reasons this flexible approach to meat eating will help you become a happier, healthier person in your own time: