Have you and your family been meaning to go green in 2015? Well, now you can. Meatless Monday makes your goal easy and attainable. All you have to do is skip the burgers, steaks and other meat products one day of the week. It doesn't seem so hard, does it?
Dates back to World War I
The initiative was started by health advocate Sid Lerner, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for a Livable Future. According to Meatless Monday's website, the concept is nothing new, as it dates back to World War I. Back then, people were asked to make little food sacrifices to aid the war.
Since Meatless Monday has been revived, it has taken off to become a worldwide effort, according to the source. From hospitals to schools to work to homes, establishments everywhere are giving up meat 52 days a year to make the world a better place.
Why is it helpful?
The initiative has gained so much traction that many celebrities are on board with it. "Bones" actress Emily Deschanel explained why Meatless Monday is important on the Human Society's website.
"[It's] a great way to start protecting animals, improving your health and being gentler on the planet," said Deschanel.
And she's right. According to Meatless Monday's website, skipping meat once a week is beneficial to your health. Think about it. If you're not eating meat, what do you make? Most likely, you supplement with fruits, veggies, whole grains and other foods that you might not otherwise consume.
Incorporating healthy foods into your diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers and can even lead to a longer life. When it comes to protecting the planet, eating less meat can reduce greenhouse gases and fuel consumption because both are required for the transportation of livestock, as explained by the source.
How can you start?
What's nice about Meatless Monday is that you can start at anytime from any place. You don't need to sign up for anything or give up a day of the week to help out. All you have to do is eliminate certain foods from your diet once a week.
Are you stuck for recipes? Use the resources provided by Meatless Monday to keep meals exciting. You can also find a number of vegetarian options on sites like Pinterest. Everyone slips up, so don't sweat it if you lose track of the days. Just try again next week.
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