MY FLEXITARIAN DIET


@jadeossona


Yearly, I get so many questions about my diet. To be honest, I went through different periods in which I tried to find one. Today, I found mine, and I'm really happy about it. I'm a flexitarian. Let's head on my diet journey to find out how. In early 2018, I was still in my acne period, and I wanted to see if it would go away if I changed my diet into something healthier. But that wasn't the whole reason. I actually had started thinking of what I dug onto my organism and realized that I wasn't super strict and informed about the food I was eating. I then started reducing my sugars, and I was eating super healthy. It was during this time that I also started wondering about the vegan diet. I didn't know a lot about veganism, so my friend and I went to a vegan trade fair, and I walked away convinced. I bought plant-based food and refused processed or junk food from then on. However, my vegan period didn't last long. I'm a fish and white meat lover. My favorite food is sushi, and I was in a lack of fish. I dropped out of my vegan diet after a month. The vegan or the vegetarian diet is not ideal, and sustainable for everyone. I mean, everyone is different, has their own needs, lacks, and cravings (yes, I'm talking about those fierce hankerings for chocolate brownies, and Lu biscuits at 10 pm). I think that our bodies are the ones who truly know what nutrients they need. Not our brains. I used to be in lack of everything I went cold-turkey on, and I honestly think that it's not the best option. That's why I try to eat healthy in the week and have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig onto the weekend. In other terms, I eat veggies and proteins during the week, and gladly have a bowl of pasta or any other junk food. This is my pattern, the one that strictly respects Victoria's Secret Angels Jasmine Tookes and Josephine Skriver. I call it the 80/20 plan. The flexitarian diet is ideal because as you will be eating tons of plant-based food, you will get a lot of hydration and fibers. Not only your calories intake will dwindle, but you should see direct results. Your skin will thank you by lighting up and being clear. We all need carbs. That's a fact. There's a lot of ways of replacing your favorite but not so good fats. You can start by eating nuts, avocados, fruits, and fish. The latter is an excellent omega-rich and source of minerals as well. My favorite fats are chocolate and pasta. I love both, but if I had to choose, I could easily live off Italian food. But moderation, people. Focus. That's what keeps me from going crazy on carbs. And my favorite replacement is fruits. When I want chocolate, I eat fruits. I'm not talking about our old friend the apple, but other fruits, such as red ones, peaches, tangerines, pears, kiwis, mangos, bananas...and more. Treat yourself by making yourself that huge hotel fruits-only breakfast. You'll like it, whatever you say first. In addition, the flexitarian diet is essentially the ideal diet for everyone that doesn’t have to adhere to staunch vegan restrictions. It’s mostly plant-based eating, with a mindful-but-not-obsessive awareness about your macros. This approach is ideal for those of us that want to eat more plant-based, but going full vegan doesn’t agree with us. Stay away from processed foods, or limit them, and focus on quality and healthier products.

Jade Ossona

Student at Paris School of Luxury

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