What's a Flexitarian Diet? A Dietitian Lays It Down for Us

There are plenty of benefits to being a vegetarian. According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, vegetarians live longer than non-vegetarians by a little over three years. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association shows that meat eaters are at a higher risk to die from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Not to mention that you aren't harming animals when you choose a completely plant-based diet.

But if, like me, you've grown up loving meat, poultry, and fish, cutting it off completely is a near-impossible ask. (Let me put it in perspective for you: If given a life-or-death choice between my beloved beauty products and fried chicken, I wouldn't even hesitate to choose the latter.) Is there really a diet that can give you the some of the benefits of being a vegetarian while not giving up meat completely?

Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner seems to think so. In her book, The Flexitarian Diet, she outlines an eating plan that helps you eat healthier overall without restricting certain food groups. We took a look at this ourselves and asked registered dietician Molly Reiger of the Dr. Brandt Skin Advisory Board for her input. Scroll down to learn more about this healthy eating lifestyle.