You've heard the phrase or seen the hashtag "Meatless Monday", but what does it MEAN?! Well, in short it means exactly what is says. Yes, that's right meat eaters, no meat on Mondays. There are 7 days out of the week, asking you to go meatless 1 day out of the week isn't asking too much, and you may end up LOVING your meatless meals, who knows?!
With all of this no meat talk, I want you to know I am not against eating meat (although I don't consume it), but I am against how conventional farm animals are treated, what it does to our beautiful planet and what the over consumption of meat does to the human body. So WHY go Meatless on Monday?
Well, according to meatfreemondays.com "One day a week can make a World of difference" and this is how:
- Helps our beloved planet Earth- Livestock (AKA meat) is one of the top 3 contributors to Earth's most serious environment problems. It is also responsible for over 14% of greenhouse gas emissions. We only have 1 planet to live on, if cutting out meat at least one day a week can help preserve it I am ALL FOR IT!
- Keeps you healthier- Talk to people in the health world, and we would recommend that you eat mostly plant foods, with SOME (yes, some- as in not A LOT, just some), quality animal protein. According to a study from Oxford University, if people ate meat 3 or less times a week it would prevent thousands of annual deaths from heart disease, cancer, and stroke and a total of 45,000 premature deaths could be prevented a year. Start with going meatless on Mondays, and you are already contributing to lowering this annual death rate. Who knows, maybe you can work your way up to having 4 Meatless Mondays a week (don't worry, this doesn't mean you'll actually have to endure 4 Mondays in a row, just the meatless part)
- Saves money- It's known that meat typically costs more than tempeh, tofu, beans, brown rice, and vegetables. If you do eat meat, you really should be eating ORGANIC meat ALWAYS to avoid things like hormones, antibiotics, and GMO's. Organic meat can cost twice as much as conventional meat, so save some cash every Monday, and go meatless!
- We are ALL ONE- That's right...nature, animals, humans, plants, the EARTH...we all are living organisms, and ultimately ONE. By choosing to not eat meat on Mondays you are helping to preserve life- Animal, human and the World's LIFE. AND what's more precious than that?!
Interested in giving Meatless Monday a try? Check out meatlessmonday.com and meatfreemondays.com for some awesome, meatless recipes and make this a weekly, health habit!