Monday, August 9, 2010

Compassion looks good on you!

In this edition of Meatless Monday I would like to share with you what the true Meatless Monday initiative is all about.  At the end, please read my plea for you to take part and inspire me with your stories.  Thanks for reading!

**At the Farmers Market loadin' up on the good stuff

Meatless Monday

So, what is this whole Meatless Monday thing?  Aside from being the day I share my veggie goodness with all of you readers, Meatless Monday is an actual campaign that is strongly backed by public health officials in an effort to reduce cholesterol and saturated fat in the American Diet.  After all, heart disease is the number one killer in America, and it is preventable.  That means we can do something about it...power to the people, man!  Meatless Monday is essentially urging people to put down the fatty steak and eat some vegetables.  It is making it's way around cafeterias and restaurants in places like NYC, San Francisco and Baltimore.  Eliminating meat on Mondays is a simple way to start taking control of one's health.

Your Health

Many feel that eating meat doesn't interfere with their health.  While I agree it is possible to live a long life, free from disease and still consume meat I do not believe it is necessary or even required by our bodies.  We can not only survive on a plant based diet, but we can thrive on one.  I am one of those thriving vegans, myself. :) 
  • Vegans are approximately one-ninth as likely to be obese as meat-eaters 
  • Vegans have a cancer rate that is only 40 percent that of meat-eaters 
  • People who consume animal products are also at increased risk for many other illnesses, including strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer's, multiple allergies, diabetes, and food poisoning.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Really you’re just doing yourself a favor by passing on the meat each Monday.  Think of it as a big hug once a week.  A way to say “I love you, self!”  

The Animals

In addition to self love, you are sparing animals the senseless torture and death they face for no reason other than to be eaten by us and eventually expelled from our bodies altogether.   More than 27 billion animals are killed each year in the U.S. to end up on our plate.  This staggering figure does not include those killed for fur, leather or testing. 

The Environment

Paul McCartney said, "If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is stop eating meat.  That is the single most important thing you can do."   I couldn't agree more Paul!   A 2006 United Nations report summarized the devastation caused by the meat industry by calling it "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global."   

My Plea for You

I urge you take part in Meatless Monday like so many others are.   You all inspire me so much already and I have seen through your comments and e-mails how kind, compassionate and dedicated you are to your own health.  I feel this same dedication and I have to tell you, as a runner and an active person in general, I have never felt or performed better.  In a future post I would love to share the many ways that vegetarianism has impacted my life.

Going meatless on Mondays is one step that can potentially benefit your body, the animals and the environment.  It is one day of the week where you can experiment with new recipes and it gives you an excuse to peruse the famers market.  It doesn't hurt to try it and I sincerely hope that you do.  

I would love to hear some of your stories as you spend one day each week (or more) cooking veg foods or dining out and how you have adopted this into your life.   I wish you the best of luck if you decide to take part in this initiative.  Feel free to e-mail me your thoughts & stories and I love to get comments as well.  E-mail: katebuntenbach at gmail dot com

Compassion looks good on you! 

In good health,


Don't worry, I won't send you on your way without help.  
Here are some fantastic resources if you have any questions or need vegetarian recipes.


  1. Thank you for posting this blog. It is important to spread the word on preventable disease and how small steps in your life can go a long way! Meatless Monday is a great movement. Although one day a week seems small it makes a big difference when we think about consumption on a global scale. I only hope the movement spreads and is taken seriously.

    I can confirm that living a vegan lifestyle while working at a 'meathead' gym is not always easy but explaining to them the implications of eating meat free on their health is the easiest thing to do!

    Thanks for the great post and as always I look forward to the next!

  2. I have to admit this is one of my favorite posts yet! For me meatless monday is everyday!

    I feel soo much better being vegetarian. Those poor animals that die each year... it's just not fair to them..they deserve better.

    And like Angela I can't wait til the next post!!

  3. Hi Kate,

    I enjoyed reading this post so much that it made me say what the hell, lets not eat meat on Mondays. I think it is a great idea! It also gives me a reason to open the cook book and try new recipes. I am always looking for something different to cook anyway. Why not start now? Thanks Kate! Any ideas of what someone can start off with trying first? I am always up for suggestions.



  4. Great post! I've been trying to do one meatless meal a week for awhile. I'm not a big meat eater and my husband is up for cutting down on meat but not cutting it out all together. I was a vegetarian for 5-6 years but was very unhealthy about it. I've pretty much cut out all beef and pork completely but still doing poultry and seafood. I just need to get better at vegetarian meals, for some reason, they are the ones that fail on me! Will definitely try some of the recipes you've posted.

  5. As soon as Labor Day comes it's meatless 7 days a week for me. Labor Day is a day when BBQs all over the country are fired up for animal flesh. I know it sounds bad, but it should. No meat for me this Labor Day. Being a vegetarian for 3 years before, i know it's easy. At the time i thought i had good reason to eat meat again, then i became complacent. Enough is enough already. No more, i love cows too much.
    And Kate, i love you for being so compassionate.

  6. Great blog Kate! I am officially going meatless on Mondays starting now ...I know that I can do it. And maybe it'll be the start of a new, healthier diet. In the past fews weeks I've given up all candy and we have no soda in our house. Can you believe that? No pop! Little things but I think it'll be easier for me to start slow. I'm going to check out some of those recipes too. Keep the blog going ... You're saving the world one person at a time.

  7. Wow. You all blow me away! I love getting your positive comments and they make my entire day. :) All of you have such great things to say.

    Abbi- I understand your dilemma with eating healthfully when you make the switch. It sounds odd that it would be difficult to get all of the nutrients you need in a plant based diet, but unfortunately it is sometimes easier to be a junkfood vegetarian than a whole foods, plant based vegetarian. Learning how to cook flavorful, colorful, whole foods is the first step. Enjoy your meat free days :)

  8. Great post!! "Meatless Monday" is everyday for me! ;-)

    Cute pictures of you!

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