Monday, June 11, 2012

Meatless Monday: What Is It?

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.

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.


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.


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

Beans, 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.


Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer risk. Red meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.


Research suggests that plant-based diets –particularly those low in processed meat –can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.


People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body
mass 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.


Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.


Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and
magnesium 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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