For most, the thought of giving up meat from their diet seems quite daunting. But how about one day a week? Individuals who decide to participate in this growing movement help to reduce environmental impacts, and improve their own health by reducing the global meat consumption.
I am a firm believer in that little differences can make a big change. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization lists the meat industry among the top contributors to the world’s environmental issues (including acid rain, pollution, and deforestation). If each person decided to eliminate meat consumption for just one day a week this impact would drastically decrease.
Individuals may choose to participate in Meatless Monday for various other reasons. Health benefits, including; decreased risk of chronic diseases, lower levels of obesity, and type two diabetes, are a common reason for lowering meat intake. Others are concerned with animal cruelty- by opting for a vegetarian diet individuals show they no longer support the conditions many factory farm animals are raised in.
Ready for the challenge? Eating veggie doesn’t have to be a pain! There are many easy (and cheap) recipes available online. Beans, lentils, tofu, and nuts are all great sources of protein and quick fillers. If you’re really stuck for ideas, meatlessmonday.ca is a good place to start. For those of you willing to give it a try, I give you all a big high five!