Meatless Monday is a global movement. It began in 2003 and encourages people for one day not to eat meat. College campuses and workplaces around the world are doing Meatless Monday’s because of the great benefits it has. The goal of Meatless Monday’s is to follow a plant-based diet for one day. A plant-based diet is another name for vegetarianism and all other diets in-between. Here are the top 5 reasons you should be doing Meatless Monday every week.
It Can Help with Weight-loss
A study published in British Medical Journal followed overweight men and women for 6 months while they were on a plant-based diet. The people in the study lost an average of 15 pounds after following this type of diet. Remember, this was 6 months full time eating this way. Weight-loss can occur from doing Meatless Mondays but not to this extreme. Plant-based diets are high in fiber, which can help with weight-loss. Also, fruits and veggies are low-cal compared to animal-based foods. Of course, weight-loss is not the only benefit of a plant-based diet/ Meatless Monday.
Good for the Environment
Global Warming is becoming not only an environmental concern but also a health concern because of the pollution. One way to help with climate change is reducing the amount of animal products we eat. Roughly around 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef. Greenhouse gas is a mixture of chemical byproducts. Beef produces 30 kg of greenhouse gasses for 1 kg of food, while vegetables are less than 2 kg of greenhouse gasses per food. Meatless Monday is a great way for us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help improve our health.
Heart Disease is the number one killer in the United States. One contributing factor of developing this illness is blood cholesterol levels. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The more bad cholesterol the greater of a chance there is of developing the disease. There is a study from Nutrition & Metabolism where people who ate a plant-based diet lowered their bad cholesterol. After 30 days people saw a 13% decrease in their bad cholesterol levels. We can increase our heart health by going meatless once a week.
Stepping Stone to a New Lifestyle
Many of us believe we cannot go vegetarian for many reasons. Meatless Monday is one day a week! Giving up animal products all at once can be setting yourself up for failure. But, this is different. When you do Meatless Monday it’s a small step towards a healthier lifestyle. It doesn’t mean you are a vegan and can’t eat on Taco Tuesdays. We often fear what we don’t know and by going meatless for one day makes the leap into plant-based less scary.
Vegetarianism has evolved in the last few years; it is more accommodating now than it was ten years ago. It’s also more culturally accepting of vegetarianism now. Also eating out is easier. Plant-based diets are more trendy and there tons of food bloggers and Pinterest boards dedicate to this diet. Short on time, don’t fret Amy’s Kitchen is a vegetarian frozen dinner company that sells easy plant-based meals. Big chain restaurants have meatless options.
- Red Robin has veggie burger
- At Chipotle you can get free guac with a meatless option
- Vegetarian/vegan restaurants
Meatless Monday is more about our lifestyle rather than dieting. In the show Crazy Ex-girlfriend the main character decides to go vegan, by the end of the episode she’s eating meat tacos. Now, that’s probably a lot of us. We want to be healthy but the idea of completely changing our diets is scary. Meatless Monday can ease our fear of changing our diets. If we can make it one day a week not eating meat then maybe we can go two days.