Please join Ladies Holiday in Meatless Monday, that is to eat vegetarian for one day per week. "Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet."
What is it? Meatless Monday goes something like this: on Mondays eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, alternate protein sources such as soy, yogurt, tempeh, quinoa, nuts and nut butters, just to name a few. Or you could have pizza and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which is what I did for several years in my teens. But there is a vast array of delicious, nutritious veggie dishes out there. Contrary to what the draconian home-ec classes may have taught you, avoiding eating meat will not render you protein deficient. If you eat only lettuce and carrots, blah! chances are you will miss out on some nutrients. But the vegetarian diet is meant to be varied and exciting and fulfill your dietary needs.
Why should I? Reducing your consumption of meat has not only proven health benefits, but is good for the environment too. These include, reducing cancer, diabetes and heart disease risk, curbing obesity and is related to improved overall health. Reducing the carbon footprint, water usage and fossil fuel dependence are among the ways eating a vegetable based diet helps the earth. Want evidence? Try it. See how you feel. But don't only eat the aforementioned lettuce and carrots (commonly referred to as "rabbit food.")
How about some delicious recipes to get you started? Check out the following food blogs for more than a mouthful:
Peas and Thank You - Family friendly, funny and updated regularly. Also a great recipe database to look up what you're hankering for.
The Edible Perspective - If the photos don't convince you, the recipes will.
Oh She Glows - More amazing, recipes, food styling and a life changing story of recovery and healing.
You can also learn about the cold hard facts in books such as:
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
And let's not forget the animals that endure countless hardships in factory farms. Want more information on where food comes from? Probably not, but I say knowledge is power and empowering ourselves with how we spend our money, what we consume and how it impacts our health and the planet could likely make us as powerful as super heroes.
Who's doing this? Me, You and Paul McCartney, Oprah and Simon Cowell just to name a few.
Please join us this Monday and every Monday thereafter to play a part in the eco-revolution. If you are going meatless today or next week or everyday please tell us in the comments- we want to hear from you!
Your friend of the animals, earth and YOU,
PS. If appropriate please consult a health care provider before making any changes in your diet.