Are You a Flexitarian?

Eating is no longer just eating. It has become an increasingly complex thing.

There are omnivores. They eat anything.

Then there are pescetarians. They eat fish.

Vegetarians are meat-free eaters but they do eat dairy and eggs. May also be called ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Seriously? It’s such a tongue twister.

Then of course we get to flexitarians. They’re not fussy. They could be classed as a relaxed vegetarian who sometimes eats fish and/or meat.

Vegans are a whole lot more restricted. They not only do not eat meat or fish. They are also opposed to any products that exploit animals. Veganism is on the rise. If you are really serious about veganism there are many restrictions to be taken into consideration.

Honey for example is not a vegan food as bees are exploited through migratory beekeeping tantamount to bee cruelty. That is, the farmers move the hives around to pollinate crops. This deprives the bees of their freedom, a diverse diet, and can put them at risk of disease. Does this make all crops pollinated in this manner non-vegan?

In fact, the whole issue of farming becomes suspect when it’s impact on animal and insect welfare is taken into consideration.

Other factors that many people may not be aware of if they are considering a truly vegan lifestyle –

In Australia bank notes are coated with animal fat which helps to make them slippery. Non vegan money ?

Egg and fish bits are used in winemaking.

Red food dye is made from crushed beetles.

It would be necessary also to investigate which brands  of beer, white sugar and marshmallows are vegan. Even tattoo parlours may not be using vegan friendly ink. And where does it leave things like pearls, beeswax, china and  vaccines?

Fruitarians only eat what naturally falls off plants.

The question this little sneak peek into various diets raises for me is – just how far do we take things before we all starve to death? Common sense should prevail. Farming practices are changing but it will take time. In the meantime there’s a whole lot of people out there in the wide world who need to eat. AND we need bees to do that. There are many do not have the luxury of choosing an ‘ism diet/lifestyle. They simply want food to feed their families – any food.

That just about covers the most common dietary practices. The art of eating (can I call it that?) now moves on to become a whole lot more challenging and  confronting to consider.

BREATHARIANISM, also known as  Inedia or Sustenance through Light live only on prana (sunlight and air). A number of people have made this claim and have subsequently been researched  and  findings documented. It is possibly a very small and dying breed.

From here we move on to the esoteric practices of the Aghori Sadhus in India who eat human flesh. But they do not kill anyone to eat them. They only eat the abandoned dead bodies in the cremation grounds and the bodies they pull out from the river Ganga. They believe it gives them spiritual power. If you have a strong stomach watch  this video.

Rather than leave you with that last very unsavoury thought – watch this:

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

Peace prevails when food suffices.

Momofuku Ando



Where does the time fly? It seems only yesterday that I posted the last Soul Giftee. Yet here we are again.

It delights me to introduce you to Sue Dreamwalker of  Dreamwalker Sanctuary – this link takes you to a delightful story about honey and bees.

She offers a cornucopia of plenty on her site – recipes, herbs and gardening, art and crafts, Light workers tools and vision quests to mention but a few. She calls herself  ‘but an ordinary woman, who sees beyond this Vale. And wants to share her Light and knowledge with others…’

Do visit and stay a while.



13 thoughts on “Are You a Flexitarian?

  1. One of the most ridiculous vegan ideas is that we shouldn’t use wool – but sheep need their fleece shearing every now and then, so where’s the logic in that? And the new Christopher Robin film is out in French as Jean-Christophe et Winnie … I CANNOT imagine a French Christopher Robin.

    1. It becomes a veritable field of pitfalls to avoid and I do wonder how successful it cam be given we do not know the half of what is in our products. Thank you for your comments and visit 🙂

  2. I’m moving to the I Scream diet! I reckon that you can get all the nutrients you need from ice cream as long as you top up the vitamins with enough added chocolate, honey and an occasional cake or two.

  3. I am flexi Raili, eating sensibly, I don’t eat red meat, We eat Veggie meals around four times a week the rest are interlaced with fish, or chicken. I was vegetarian for about two years, but I was a sickly veggie.. I was always tired, even with supplements. A bacon butty on holiday got me hooked again.
    My daughter was veggie, now she and her partner are Vegans, its difficult when they visit knowing what to cook.. But I have a great cookbook called Parsnips and Peace.. Lee, the author has his WordPress site too so if any strict Vegans are out there, this is the book for you. 🙂
    Thank you Raili for the Soul Gift… and shout out, I really appreciate it.. Thank you

    Sending love, and loved your article and we most certainly need Bee’s.. We make sure we leave poppies and we grow Loopins and Dahlia’s on our plot to attract the bees.. As well as marigolds that help with the aphids..
    Lots of Love..
    ❤ Sue

    1. I guess I would label myself as more of an omnivore, with a preferring to eat more fish and chicken. But with red meat lovers in the family it gets difficult as I will not cook separate meals. There are many vegetarian dishes I enjoy and have managed to introduce them to the family with some success. This whole business of eating and diets has become awfully complicated in a world where so many are going hungry.
      have a wonderful weekend, Sue x

  4. Food seems to have become a real problem in our modern world. Not the scarcity of it, but how it is produced.

    We have done the Dr McDougall “The Starch Solution” (Vegan) for diabetes. It works. But after a few months. we added fish once a week and two eggs. We have to get B12. In researching meat production, I saw how dreadful factory farms are, which put us off meat. However, even the way fish are caught is pretty ghastly. Here in UK battery farming is illegal, but then barn kept chickens and eggs can be inhumanely run too. We don’t eat chicken. Animals seem to be full of medications and pesticides. And then grains are too. Many people feel our food is causing us illnesses because of this.

    If someone offered us a meal of roast beef, or lamb, we will eat it. The love in the gifting of a meal and the sharing of it, should be more powerful than the chemicals in it. What do you think?

    1. You;re right, there is so much toxicity in food, manufacturing processes and the environment it is impossible to avoid. Even foods grown without pesticides etc are often grown in depleted soils so they are lacking in nutrition. However, I agree with you about the potency of Love. Research has also shown that foods that are blessed have a high vibration. The energy in these timeless traditions is so powerful!

  5. “BREATHARIANISM, also known as Inedia or Sustenance through Light, live only on prana (sunlight and air). . . . . . It is possibly a very small and dying breed.

    That ^^^ tickled the heck out of me Raili. I’m not sure if it was meant as a bit of a twist on words, but oh boy, … my mind instantly said: “You bet your sweet bippy that they’re dying, if all they’re living on is light and fresh air!”

    I flit between being a Vegetarian, and a Pescetarian – only eating fish. I cannot eat Pork in any form after years of being able to eat it. One night, after a Sunday dinner of Roast Pork and veg, I had a violent and sudden re-action to the pork, and could, for about 5 days after, actually ‘smell’ the pork rotting down inside me. I have no idea what it was – no one else was affected in any way, and we all ate the same things. Only I had this problem. I seriously felt like I was going to die with it. So, so poorly.

    I tried pork again, about 18 months later – but only a little pork. Not much at all. Again … it made me poorly. So I decided that the Bible was right. People really shouldn’t eat pork, and I’ve not eaten it since.

    But it put me off meat. I could eat vegetables and rice until they came out of my ears, and I LOOOVE fruit! I will, now and again, eat a little Chicken, and I will eat fish – but not shell fish or squid. (heeeave).

    My mother always said I was a fussy eater growing up. Nothings changed really, has it? LOL.

    GREAT post Raili. Loved it. ~ Cobs. xxx

    1. Thanks for that Cobs 🙂 It wastongue-in-cheek. I crossed my fingers as I typed, hoping no Breatharian would be offended! Your innards are obviously in meat rebellion. Mine are not. Although I rarely eat pork in any other form than bacon. I cannot for the life of me understand the fascination and love affair with pork belly having tasted it once out of curiosity 😦 Be well – and steer clear of that pork !!!

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