So most of you know this month's challenge from me to you is to give "Meatless Monday" a try. I promise it's not because I love the catchy phrase, which of course I do! It's because if we start on a Monday, the beginning of the week, hopefully the healthy trend will carry through the week. Not necessarily the meatless part but conquering the challenge of controlling your eating habit you can keep it rolling! With that being said, let's take a look at the environmental and health impact of participating in "Meatless Monday".
We'll be cutting down our carbon footprint in so many ways! Think of the land and natural resources used for the livestock and housing the livestock. The gas used to transport animals and the product. Studies show that 1,800-2,500 gallons of water go into the production of 1 pound of meat. This is just one example! Not to mention you can help prevent animal cruelty. How many of you change the channel, get misty eyed or turn away during the ASPCA commericals? This is another way to help!
The vegetarian diet has numerous effects on your health. Starting with reducing your risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes to name a few. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet will help increase fiber and other nutrients in your body which help with fat loss, boost energy levels and living longer.
Now I know the meat industry isn't going to cut down their production or the demand is going to disappear but just 1 day per week will actually make an impact! And making better decisions when choosing your meats throughout the rest of the week will help too. So let's give this a try!
-Look for locally raise, grass-fed, free-range organic meats and poultry.
-Leave the small things out (i.e. bacon bits)
-Buy sustainable fish. (not from anywhere that might overfish)
-Organic eggs, milk and cheeses
-Add more veggies in your meals