I have given this a lot of thought over the last few months. Why should I begin to change my Monday’s? Why should I go meatless? Can one day a week of not eating meat really make a difference?
Meatless Monday’s are self explanatory. Don’t indulge in eating meat, of any type, every Monday. Given the research I have done, refraining from eating meat one day a week makes a huge impact not only with saving animals, but with environmental impacts, as well as body health.
If saving animals isn’t enough to want to take a pause on meat then maybe this will change your mind. Research shows that eating a plant-based diet, especially those low in processed meats can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating more veggies, fruits and whole grains can lower your risk for heart disease, curb obesity and limit cancer. All that aside, a change in your diet can help you live longer, stronger and happier. Now who doesn’t want that?
If I haven’t got you hooked yet, maybe your wallet will. Cutting back on meat indulgence will help keep money in your wallet. Meat is expensive. The amount of money it takes to produce meat; feed, transportation, etc., is a lot. The flip side of it, healthcare expenses. As stated above, the health reasons for cutting back are strong enough, but if you think about all those potential doctor bills, well I’ll skip a day of meat once a week for some clean, lean and green eating.
Lastly, let’s do it for our environment. If we all cut one day out of eating meat, we could rapidly reduce water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on fuel. Approximately 1,850 gallons of water is what it takes to produce 1 pound of ground beef, and only 39 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of greens.
The final kicker … do it to save a life. To often we live in an out of sight out of mind mentality. We don’t do the dirty work, so we don’t see what happens. I started following “The Humane League” on Instagram. It’s not always the happiest of pictures, but it is a reality. I like to keep it real, with all that I see on social media, it’s good to have a reminder of what is going on in that, out of sight out of mind location.
So go ahead, jump in with me and ride the wave with Meatless Mondays! Your mind, body and spirit will thank you💖