How Meatless Meals Benefit You and the Globe
You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to opt for a meat-free meal and there are a whole host of benefits to eating less meat. In 2003, Meatless Monday was launched in the US to highlight how and why eating less meat is good for you, great for the nation’s health and fantastic for the planet. Since then, Meatless Mondays has gone global and here are a few reasons why.
How Meatless Mondays help your health
Eating less meat can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. In fact, the World Cancer Research Fund recommends we choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat consumption and avoid processed meat. So who knows, the occasional meatless meal may help you live a longer, healthier life!
Eat less meat to save the earth
Large scale meat production, from feeding to transportation, is also paying its toll on the health of the planet. In fact, the meat industry is estimated to contribute up to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the carbon footprint we’re constantly hearing about from transportation. Coupled with the fact that 26% of all meat produced in the US is wasted, just reducing demand could minimize this rising environmental impact.
Save money on meatless meals
If the benefits to your health and the environment aren’t enough to persuade you to eat less meat, then perhaps think about your monthly bank balance. The cost of meat in the US has increased by 35% in the past ten years alone, yet most of the staple ingredients in meat-free options are comparatively cheaper.
Maintaining your protein intake on Meatless Mondays
As runners or outdoor adventurers, meeting your daily protein needs is important to allow your muscles to grow, adapt and recover after a training session, but that doesn’t mean it has to all come from meat. There’s an abundance of meatless protein options such as fish, eggs, dairy, beans, pulses, nuts, soy and tofu which can all be incorporated into a healthy balanced diet so why not try at least one day a week without meat? And if you’re looking for more ways to make a difference, check out our vegan-friendly footwear for men and women. Designed with 100% synthetic materials, these casual, running and hiking shoes will make you look good and feel great on any day of the week!
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