Updated: Jun 2, 2021
Did you know that a study(1) by University of Oxford concluded that the risk of hospitalization
or death from heart disease is 32 percent lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish? Let this sink in for a bit.
If you have been meaning to let go of meat but just can’t resist the temptation, then the Reducetarian lifestyle might just be the one for you – at least to begin with.
The up-and-coming meat revolution carries on its tailwind reducetarians, vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians. You might know about vegans and vegetarians, but what are Reducetarians?
What is Reducetarianism?
Brian Kateman coined the term reducetarian for a person who is deliberately reducing his or her consumption of meat. He started a foundation(2) and wrote books to spread his idea of Reducetarianism among masses. The core value of the foundation is “It’s not all or nothing.”
In his book The Reducetarian Solution(3), he talks about how cutting back just 10% of meat from your daily meat consumption could reap benefits for your health and the environment.
What the Reducetarian lifestyle asks for?
The reducetarian lifestyle asks for you to cut back fish, meat, poultry and dairy by at least 10% from what you consume today on average.
Breaking the chains of habits which have been ingrained in you for decades is not an easy task. The reducetarian lifestyle asks for you, not to completely cut meat from your diet but, to start by just 10%.
You could observe Meatless Tuesdays, or eat at least 1 vegan dish a day, in your diet.
What the Reducetarian lifestyle offers
Starting with just a 10% sacrifice, you can live a healthier and safer life.
By switching to a moderated amount of meat, fish, dairy and poultry along with a plant rich diet you can live a healthier and safer lifestyle. In fact, you can later keep reducing further as you go along and become better with time.
The good news for all the Climatarians out there is that not only is the reducetarian lifestyle good for you but also for the environment. By lowering your meat consumption, you help your country become more sustainable, save many animals from cruelty, and help in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
All you need to do is start by just 10%.