Meatless Monday is more than a hashtag, it’s actually a movement. In fact, there is a website dedicated to the very cause. But, what is driving people to commit to Meatless Mondays, what is the purpose other than being simply hashtag worthy? Because let’s face it, we as a cultural love our special days: #ThrowbackThursday #FlashBackFriday #TacoTuesday, you get the point. But this movement is more than just simply a fun way to celebrate Monday or get more followers. There’s a reason behind it.
Why adopt this way of living? Well Meatless Mondays can actually reduce carbon footprint, improve health, and reduce your spending. Here’s how.
Livestock actually uses a greater amount of water. And meat production produces more greenhouse gases than plants. When you reduce how much meat you eat, inevitably and over time, you can reduce the amount of meat produced.
Your health can be improved greatly by adding more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans in your diet. Think about all the added vitamins and nutrients you’ll be consuming. You can basically fill your plate and your stomach with healthier food options. And plant based diets may actually reduce the risk of diabetes 2, as well as reduce your overall calorie intake. This diet may even help prevent cardiovascular disease. Also, keep in mind that red meat as well as processed meats may have a relation to a higher cancer risk.
When you cut out meat, you may actually save money. Meat can get expensive, but plant based foods can be more affordable. You may also reduce your healthcare expenses by improving your health.
The Meatless Mondays movement is more just a fun thing to say or another hashtag to overuse. It’s something people are committing to for another purpose, whether it be to improve health, carbon footprint, reduce spending, or all three.
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