Two sources, Ecorazzi and This Dish is Veg, are reporting that Lance Armstrong is eating a flexitarian diet that consists of at least two vegan meals per day. He’s doing the Engine 2 program, which is a low fat vegan dietary lifestyle. “My energy level has never been this consistent, and not just consistent, but high,” Armstrong said in a Huffington Post interview. He’s still eating nonveg dinners, however.
Miami New Times Blog reports that Ben Franklin was also a part-time vegetarian. “Franklin mentions in this book that he was drawn to the diet for ethical reasons, but, as a man who valued frugality and strove for temperance in both his eating and drinking habits as part of an overall mission of constant self-improvement, he also enjoyed the expense spared by eating vegetable foods instead of meat.” It seems as though Franklin swayed back and forth from vegetarian to non depending on his social scene and the food offered to him.
In a TED talk in 2010, the creator of the TreeHugger website, Graham Hill, discussed his “weekday vegetarianism”:
Hill says he eats vegetarian during the weekdays and then eats nonveg during the weekends. He says this plan is easier to follow than a true vegetarian diet yet it has nearly the same impact.
Some people do vegetarianism very very very part-time while others do it most of the time. They’ll try it for a few weeks each year during Lent or they’ll eat veg when dining with vegetarians or vegans and eat nonveg when alone or with omnis. There are the people who do Meatless Mondays and there are the people who only eat animals during holiday feasts. Even many people who call themselves vegetarians or vegans “cheat” every now and then. Across the omni-veg spectrum there are all kinds of eaters who deliberately reduce their consumption of animal products but do not entirely eliminate it.
Whatever the reason, any reduction in animal product consumption is good for animals, the planet, and human health. Let’s celebrate the part-time veg*ns!