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What is this "Meatless Mondays" Thing All About?

Posted: February 1, 2012 6:37 PM

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If you are not already aware, there is a global initiative to get people to eat less meat. The slogan at MeatlessMonday.com, "One day a week, cut out meat", really sums up what they are trying to accomplish with this campaign. As there is more and more evidence that a predominantly plant based diet is beneficial for personal health, the environment, and for living consciously, Meatless Mondays are a great way to get yourself and your loved ones to begin to discover that it is not necessary to eat meat every day.

There are various reasons that eating less meat is a good idea all around. For years, research has shown us that a plant based diet can help lower the incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Other sources point out that a high concentration of animal proteins in the diet can cause aggressiveness and lethargy. From an environmental point of view, a plant based diet can also be ultra-efficient in helping to reduce your carbon footprint due to the reduced resources (gas, human energy, and water to name a few) that are needed as opposed to meat production.

For the sake of full disclosure, while I teach classes in vegetarian cuisine, provide dietary and menu consultations to help others become more aware, and have presented various demonstrations on the subject, I am not a vegetarian. I am a nutritionally minded chef who knows the benefits of moving meat from the center of the plate, and making room for more fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. This is something that I know you can make room for, if not only one day a week.

I tweet under the hashtag #meatlessmonday so make sure to follow my twitter feed so we can share recipes and ideas on the subject. Please check back here on Mondays for more recipes and information on how you can go meatless at least one day a week.

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