Green Week: Meat Free Mondays

Meat Free Mondays

The company that I work for is very health and environmentally conscious.  That’s a good thing.  This week is Green Week and they’re asking us to take the “Meat Free Monday” Pledge.  If we submit our pledge before April 25, 2014, they’ll donate one tree to the National Forest Foundation.

Health Benefits of Meat Free Mondays:

Did you know that by going meatless once a week can help reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity? Not to mention, the cost of eating fruits and vegetables is much cheaper than eating meat and definitely much lighter on the stomach.  My blood type is A+ and according to the book “Eating Right 4 Your Blood Type” people who have blood type A+ naturally have low stomach acid which makes them a prime candidate for adapting a vegetarian lifestyle. We would be considered the proverbial vegetarians.

I’m not new to not eating meat.  I once went six months without eating meat and it did wonders for me.  Of course I lost weight but my skin looked great, not to mention my hair and nails grew like weeds.  I’ve tried getting back to a vegetarian lifestyle but I just simply love meat….that’s just the plain old truth.  I know that it’s not the best thing for me so pledging to do Meatless Mondays sound like something I can do.  It’s a gradual step in the right direction. Eating less meat goes a long way toward helping you to develop a healthy life style. Eating healthy not only affects you but it affects those around you.  Most children inherit their eating habits from their parents and their surrounding environment (school, friends, etc.). So it’s important that parents set good examples by eating a healthy diet and creating a healthy environment for their children.

Environmental Benefits of Meat Free Mondays:

Not only is eating less meat good for your health, eating less meat also helps the environment.  According to the Environmental Working Group, if every American went meatless one day a week for one year, the environmental impact would equal removing 8 million cars from the road.  Whoa…that’s a lot of cars. It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

There are countless documentaries out there that support the cause of going meatless.  Here are four of my favorite ones:

You can find them on Netflix and they are definitely worth watching.  It will enlighten you and also make you think twice before you purchase that next Big Mac.   To learn more about the impact of beef production on the environment, view this short video online: The Secret Life of Beef.

So take the pledge with me today to go meatless every Monday.  Even if you just do one week, it’ll make a huge difference! What other healthy habits do you have that you’d like to share?