I started going vegetarian when we moved in our new home. The reason for not eating and (hence) cooking meat was to avoid attracting cockroaches to our spanking new place. It helps that I have a mother-in-law who is vegetarian (and very enthusiastic about it!) and a husband who is very pro-saving the environment. The MIL is always trying to impart her vegetarian culinary skills to me and I must say I benefited quite a bit. I will share her recipes in other posts, so stay tuned!
We weren’t actually “meatless” on Mondays. In fact, we were “meatless” on Saturdays and Sundays. Meatless Monday is actually a movement started in the US by a group of environmentalists from the John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. The aim of this initiative is to encourage people to eat less meat and more vegetables to improve health, reduce carbon footprint and in turn combat climate change. Meatless Saturday and Meatless Sunday just doesn’t sound as catchy :P
I personally think going meatless once a week is a great habit. Go for more days if you can “afford” it. I do know of some people who simply cannot live without meat! Going meatless once a week may be less daunting for most of us.
And the health benefits of going meatless you say?
1. It definitely helps in the looks department. Decreasing meat intake and increasing vegetable intake helps in weight management.
2. Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and stroke
3. Reduce risk of cancers such as colon cancer
The environmental benefits of consuming more vegetables and less meat mean using less of the world’s resources. Did you know that it requires 10 times more water to grow livestock compared to the same weight of soy/grain? 20 times more energy is required to produce protein from beef compared to the same weight of protein from soy.
Love yourself and the environment by eating less meat! I’m proud to be part of the Meatless Monday movement!