"Meatless Mondays," a national health campaign that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, understands that not everyone wants to live a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, but there are undeniable benefits to upping the amount of fruits and veggies you eat as part of a weight loss plan.
According to The Daily Green, only one-fourth of Americans actually consume the recommended number of fruits and vegetables they need to stay healthy. Not only is this bad news if you are on a green coffee diet, it's not so great for our health as a nation overall. NPR has stated that many major figures around the world, from Bill Gates, health researchers and even members of the United Nations, have become increasingly concerned about the world's excessive meat consumption and its impact on human health and the environment.
'Meatless Mondays' and your health
"Meatless Mondays" began as a campaign to have a day during the week in which you only eat vegetarian items. The movement has gotten so popular that celebrities like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow, famous chefs like Curtis Stone and top diplomats like Al Gore and Bill Clinton are getting behind a day dedicated to vegetarian dining.
According to NPR, "Meatless Mondays" is active in 29 countries. More than 100 food companies that provide ingredients for schools as well as restaurants have lent their support to the cause.
While it's true that upping your fruit and veggie intake all week long can beneficial for your health, participating in a global movement like "Meatless Mondays" can help motivate yourself to stick to healthy living and balanced eating. This can also help you flex your creative muscles to come up with tasty vegetarian recipes for all three meals that work wonderfully with your healthy lifestyle.
'Meatless Mondays' and animals
One of the reasons activists are getting behind the "Meatless Mondays" movement is because eating lower on the food chain has been shown to be a bit kinder to our other friends in the animal kingdom. It takes much less water, fertilizer and other resources to feed plants, vines and trees than it does to raise popular farm animals like chickens, cows and pigs. The Humane Society of the United States has thrown its support behind the movement. According to its figures, if all Americans participated in "Meatless Mondays," more than a billion animals would be spared from factory farming.