7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

February 24, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More

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Vegetables lend lots of variety to your meals

What if I told you that you could help save more than 1 billion animals from a tortured factory farm existence each year, reduce climate change, save money, and improve your heath all with just a tiny little lifestyle change? Would you be interested? Well, all it takes is for you to eliminate meat from your meals just one day each week.

The Meatless Monday movement began in the US in 2003, and many other countries have jumped on the bandwagon since. Today, the movement continues to gain popularity with hundreds of public and private schools, restaurants, and college campuses participating.

In our house, we have several meatless days each week. I love the variety that meatless meals bring to our table and growing so much fresh food in our garden makes it easy and delicious. But, in the US, we consume more than four times the amount of animal protein compared to the global average. If you are accustomed to eating lots of meat, start with going meatless just on Mondays and take the Meatless Monday Pledge! Look for my vegetarian recipes to help you get started.

Why Meatless Monday?

  1. Improve your health – Eating less meat will encourage a diet that’s higher in fresh vegetables and fruits. There is lots of evidence supporting a plant-based diet for the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
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    Conventionally-farmed chicken-NO animal should have to live like this

    Greater variety – A steady diet of meat and potatoes is so boring considering the rainbow of seasonal vegetables, whole grains, and herbs and spices in the world. Learning to cook vegetarian meals will introduce you to so many new and interesting flavors, Meatless Monday could become your new favorite day of the week.

  3. Help reduce water consumption – Livestock consumes a lot of water. In fact, it takes more than 1,800 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef while it takes only 39 gallons of water to produce a pound of vegetables.
  4. Save money – Meaty meals can get expensive. Replacing meat with fresh vegetables, beans (especially dry beans), and whole grains can help you cut your food budget significantly.
  5. Help reduce healthcare spending – It’s been said that, in the US, healthcare is really “sick care” because there is simply not enough emphasis on the prevention of disease. Our healthcare spending is out of control because so many Americans suffer from chronic illness and overweight. If more of us cut down on our meat consumption, we could help prevent devastating chronic illness and decrease overall healthcare costs.
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    Tomato Envy vegetarian recipes have this symbol

    Help farm animals – Billions of farm animals face a tortured and unnatural life on factory farms where the focus is on cheap meat production rather than quality or humane treatment. If every American eliminated meat for just one day each week, we would save one billion animals from this fate!

  7. Reduce environmental impact – Meat production in these mega factory farms requires tons of fossil fuels and significantly increases greenhouse gases and pollution. If a family of four adopts Meatless Monday, the environmental impact is the same as taking a car off the road for a full five weeks.

If all of this sounds like a good value for simply giving up meat just one day each week, then you should join countless others and take the Meatless Monday pledge. C’mon…everyone’s doing it!

 

 

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