Have you heard of “Meatless Monday”? It’s a global movement with a simple message; once a week, cut the meat! Why you ask? Cutting meat from your diet at least one day per week not only improves the health of the planet, but your personal health as well, and has been embraced by 36 countries and 12 languages. It’s a small step that can make a big difference, here’s how.
Meatless Monday means forgoing meat one day per week and instead focusing on healthier alternatives such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts. The average American eats over 275 pounds of meat per year, that’s a 40% increase since 1961. Eating that large amount of meat have been linked to a higher risk of some types of cancers, obesity and heart disease. Being aware of this and making a conscious effort to increase vegetable consumption will promote health and well-being.
Another reason to rethink your meat intake and consider a Meatless Monday in your household, is to bring about awareness to knowing exactly what it is that you’re eating. The harmful practices and brutal treatment of the animals we eat is horrifying, but the majority of us have grown accustomed to just going into the food store and buying what’s packaged for us.
In reality, in addition to the horrific conditions of the factory farms, antibiotic and growth hormone use has also increased in recent years and most of that is only used to accelerate weight gain in the animals we’re eating so profits are increased. Just because this is a somewhat acceptable practice in the United States currently, doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.
Just consider giving yourself and your family a break from meat one day per week, whether it’s Meatless Monday or just a regular Thursday, and see how it makes you feel. If nothing else it will increase awareness within your household and become a teachable moment about food. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love it and consider adding more vegetarian days to your weekly menu.
Checkout all of the Meatless Monday Meals you can make on Pinterest here.