If you’re a wine drinker, you’re probably also a gourmet or gourmand, enjoying food along with your wine. Too much food and/or wine can lead to health problems, or shorten one’s life, which would be a bummer, because, hey, less time to drink wine.
I’m a vegan and already don’t eat meat or other animal products, but some people struggle with giving up meat as part of their diet, even temporarily. Enter Meatless Monday. With recipes and other support, the website can help you cut out meat that one day a week.
WHAT IS MEATLESS MONDAY?An international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the health of the planet. We are a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.WHY MEATLESS?On average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day – 45% more than the USDA recommends. Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.WHY MONDAY?Multiple studies have shown that periodic health prompts lead to positive behavior change. Monday is the beginning of the week, making it the perfect time to reevaluate our choices and set our intentions for the coming days. With a Meatless Monday, you have a scheduled, recurring reminder to start your week off on a nutritious note. And if this Monday passes you by, next week is another opportunity to focus on health!
Key Benefits of Meatless Monday
REDUCE HEART DISEASEBeans, peas, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low, and cut risk of cardiovascular disease.LIMIT CANCER RISKHundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer risk. Red meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.FIGHT DIABETESResearch suggests that plant-based diets –particularly those low in processed meat –can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.CURB OBESITYPeople on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and bodymass indices. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber (absent in animal products).This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating.LIVE LONGERRed and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.IMPROVE YOUR DIETConsuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron andmagnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
To do my part, I’m going to start a regular feature for Meatless Mondays, showcasing a meatless meal, restaurant, or cookbook. Many people think of vegan or vegetarian food as hippie mush, but it has come a long way. Something that tastes good and is good for you? Bring it on.
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