The Fleishig Diet

So last night on Twitter there was a #frumchat – a party for the religious folk where we were talking about food. This #frumchat was with Jamie Geller of and I was helping her out with the tweeting. We had a lot of fun – and some of the questions were extremely thought provoking.

One person tweeted how they never wanted to consume meat – “fleishigs” – as it would mean no ice cream which is dairy for hours and hours. (Orthodox people wait between 3 to 6 hours after consuming meat or poultry before they consume dairy). She even tweeted that she served fleishig to her family but wouldn’t eat it herself.

My view is that being fleishig is an awesome diet aid. If you have eaten meat you cannot immediately consume that dolce de leche ice cream that has pride of place in your freezer. You know the one that you don’t allow yourself more than one scoop in the bowl, but you keep taking little teaspoons off the top because those amounts don’t count. Doesn’t it make sense that if you are trying to lose weight, being fleishig could be the way to go? No milkshakes, no cheesecake, no ice cream….

Personally I hate being fleishigs only because that means no milk in my coffee and we all know how HSM needs her coffee. Although, these days I am only drinking one cup a day, first thing in the morning, and who is fleishig at 6am??!!

What do you think of the “being fleishig” diet?

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  1. Philo says:

    How about soymilk for your coffee?

  2. Chavi says:

    As expensive as that diet is, I might as well just set up a dairy diet and pay for Jenny Craig! :P

    I responded to that original poster in the frumchat. I don’t like eating fleishig simply because I worry that I’ll forget that I’m fleishig! I so rarely eat meat that I’m really not in the habit of trying to remember!

  3. Z! says:

    I use this method all the time. It means no late night snacks on sweet things. Once dinner is done, it is done and nothing more for the night (for me at least!) I guess if you feel like having chips or a cookie it doesn’t work.

    • sheldan says:

      Z!, if they are PAREVE cookies, you can have them… :-)

      Lately, I’ve paraphrased the saying “What this country needs is a good pareve cookie…” :-) Fortunately, I stock up on Paskesz at Kroger and anyplace else I can. I still buy dairy cookies, which are the vast majority on the shelves, because I can snack on them if I’ve had a pareve lunch or dairy dinner…

  4. fille says:

    Become a Yekke, wait just three hours.
    Or even better: dutch, one hour…

  5. sheldan says:

    Could this be the opposite of vegetarianism? :-)

  6. Don’t forget there are people who keep one hour! Go … Dutch!

  7. ilanadavita says:

    What about no milk in your coffee? I drink mine plain and have always done so. For me anything in a coffee renders it non-coffee.

  8. ilanadavita says:

    P.S. There are few Dutch Jews but everybody knows about the Dutch waiting an hour only. :-)

  9. fille says:

    I personally have a friend who was Yekkish and married a dutch. Boy, did she rub it in…

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