Meatless Monday

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.

Meatless Monday

 

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.

RestaurantCases

 

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:

  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Seitan
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Amaranth
  • 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?

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Meatless Monday

  1. Jen

    Love the meatless Monday campaign as a way at the start of each week to refocus on my diet. Hopefully, more restaurants will jump on the bandwagon though. Finding vegetarian food in Philly is a challenge.

  2. Sammi

    I am currently in the health care field and have seen first hand the importance of educating the public on the health benefits of a well balanced diet. So many health problems and medications could be avoided if we focused more on nutrition and diet. Education is key!

  3. Jenna Tysoe

    Totally going to try meatless monday!

  4. Morgan

    I agree that meatless monday is an excellent idea – I personally try to eat 1 vegetarian meal each day to keep my bacon, chicken and steak cravings in check 😉 I will definitely push myself to try these non-meat proteins as a substitute when I can… God knows that mixed greens and salad dressing can’t do it alone!

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