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
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.
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!”
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.
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!
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.