Let me start by saying that this is not a PSA for vegetarianism or veganism. A few people have recently asked me about the National Meatless Monday campaign…What is it? What’s the point? Why should I care?
Since it is Monday, perhaps today is a good day to discuss.
Short story: Meatless Monday is a grassroots campaign intended to inspire people of all dietary paths to cut meat from their diet one day a week in order to improve health and reduce the carbon footprint.
In the long run, replacing meat with vegetables and vegetarian protein one day per week can have significant health benefits such as lowering risk for certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Improving your diet by increasing intakes of nutrient rich foods high in fiber and decreasing consumption of foods high in saturated fat and total fat can promote longevity and overall health.
The other benefit to this campaign is that it by eating less meat we can reduce our carbon footprint, minimize water usage, and reduce fossil fuel dependence.
Seems like a win-win, no?
Doctors, bloggers, celebrities and even some restaurants have gotten on board with Meatless Monday.
Most people find it easy to go meatless for breakfast and lunch but have difficulty sticking to a vegetarian dinner. Here is a link to the dinner recipe page from the Meatless Monday website.
And here is a list of some sources of vegetarian protein you can try incorporating into your meals:
- Nuts and seeds
- Veggie Burgers (some brands)
- Hemp Seeds
To read more about the campaign, you can visit the website here
What do you guys think – does this campaign motivate you to go meatless one day per week?