A day (well, weekend) in the life of a flexitarian in Eugene, Oregon.
By: Christina Renninger
Instead of my topic focusing on the vegetarian lifestyle I have decided to focus on something more unique and different. This term I will be investigating the flexitarian lifestyle that Eugene has to offer. I’ll look at the best restaurants and grocery markets, as well as surveying people around town about the flexitarian diet. I think this topic will be interesting and push me out of my comfort zone. Also, it is a topic that isn’t over done, so I hope to make it more known around the city!
I started my weekend off with a trip to the Saturday market to test out the visual aspects of my topic and to get some resources for the future. I spent a gorgeous fall day shopping around local farm booths for fresh produce.
I soon came to realize that this topic would be very colorful and visually pleasing. Example A:
To make my trip more geared towards flexitarians, I checked out a seafood booth that had fresh Oregon seafood! To my surprise, some of their products were already sold out. Eugene must love their Salmon!
While at the farmers market, I learned what sort of vegetables were coming into season. For all you flexitarians out there, it looks like we are starting to say goodbye to our tomatoes and making room for lots of peppers and squash!
After testing the waters out at the farmers market, I thought it could be a good idea to interview one of them in the future. I think it would be insightful to get a perspective from a vegetable farmer and a fisherman. I could get their thoughts on the flexitarian diet and then compare and contrast their views on the importance of fish versus vegetables.
Next, I decided to do more research on my topic. I first read the article that the New York Times did on the flexitarian diet. I think it’s important to know that this diet has a high emphasis on vegetables but allows the occasional use of seafood and animal products in variation. It isn’t a scapegoat or cheat for vegetarians, just a more flexible diet plan.
I then found a website from a food and nutrition expert who actually wrote a book on the flexitarian diet. Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian who advocates for the flexitarian diet. Her site has a lot of great resources and information that I can look back on during my project. Did I mention a ton of delicious flexitarian recipes?
“Flexitarians weigh 15% less, have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and live 3.6 years longer than their carnivorous counterparts.”
– The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner
This website got me thinking I should interview a nutrition expert and get their opinion on this new diet.
After browsing through recipes all evening, I was ready for a delicious flexitarian brunch out on the town! On Sunday I went to Morning Glory Cafe, a popular spot for vegan and vegetarian breakfast. I had the Happy Morning Sandwich (pictured below) and could not believe how tasty the tofu patty and the soysage patty were! If you haven’t ate here yet, it’s definitely worth trying out. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, flexitarians would love this place. Hearty but healthy portions and friendly service.
What a great way to end my weekend. Follow my twitter for updates on my flexitarian adventure!