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Monday, February 6, 2012

Healthy Eating: Meatless Monday Why you should Join?

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The Facts:
Americans eat upward of about 8 ounces of meat a day; twice the world average.
The FDA recommends that we eat about 75 grams of protein a day which is considered high by many nutritionalist. 30 grams may be about all we need. The average American is eating about 110 grams of protein, most of which comes from meat sources.  Where the notice that we need so much protein in our diets came from is beyond me?
Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are all directly increased by eating meat especially, beef and pork.
It takes  up to five times the amount of grain to produce the same about of calories through livestock as it does through direct grain consumption.
In order to meet the large demand for animal protein livestock is being raised in horrendous conditions, mostly in over crowded warehouses were the animals can barely move and never see the light of day. Watch the movie Food Inc. The producers of this movie had to sneak into livestock farms and film how the animals lived because the farmers know that if people were aware of how cruelly the animals are treated, they may not buy their meat.
In these warehouses the animals are regularly injected with hormones for growth and antibiotics to reduce the spread of infection caused by overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. This over use of antibiotics is contributing to the development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria that can be deadly to both humans and animals.
There is a tremendous strain on the environment in the production of meat in the form of water polluting, land erosion, along with the enormous amounts of methane gas that is produced by the animals. Methane is like carbon dioxide in it’s ability to trap heat in our atmosphere thereby increasing global warming.
So, for the sake of the planet and your own health consider taking one small step toward reducing your consumption of meat.  Go to: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/join-the-movement/ and take the pledge to eat one meatless dinner a week. 
“The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health suggests we go meatless on Mondays. Just one day a week without meat can reduce your consumption of saturated fat by 15% and reduce your chances of heart disease. Scientists estimate that if every American lowered meat consumption by just 20%, it would lower greenhouse gases as much as if everyone in the country switched to driving a Toyota Priuses (and think how much cheaper and easier eating less meat is!).” 

"Consuming less meat boosts your bottom line. The average cost of a pound of sirloin is $6.20, compared with 90 cents for a 15-ounce can of beans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If a family of four replaces a steak dinner ($9.30 for 1½ pounds) with a fresh bean and vegetable salad ($1.80 for two cans of beans) once a week, they will save $7.50. After a year, that’s an extra $390."
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13 comments:

  1. I really should try this. I need some inspiration on meatless meals though.

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  2. Your blog is new, too. How fun. I thought I would read yours since you visited my blog. I love what you have written. We don't eat much meat at our home, which is very different from most of our neighbors, since we live in the middle of cattle country. We have a family of 7 and I still feed us with a pound or less of meat for the whole family at a meal. I look forward to reading more of your ideas.

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    1. A pound or less is impressive for 7. Even though you live in a heavy meat eating place, it sure looks beautiful. Thanks for reading my blog. Will be in touch.

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  3. I agree with you Diane. I have not eaten meat maybe for one year and I feel great. Recently spoke to a medical doctor at Columbia Presb. in NYC, very prestigious hospital and teaching medical school. He practices Ayurveda medicine as well as holds traditional medical degrees. He is brilliant. He is an ONCOLOGIST (cancer). But he treats cancer with alternative therapies and Columbia is thrilled that he is having more successes than they are. As you know the process is gradual. Amazing. My cousin is going to him for something else. But he insisted she go organic. I think the next thing should be stop eating GM wheat...grain...flour...bread. Deadly (Read Wheat Belly by Davis) and after that he will insist she cut down on Meat.
    http://caroleditosti-thefatandtheskinny.blogspot.com
    Carole

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    1. Too strange, I had been looking for the research about modern wheat. I am personally feeling I may need to give up wheat...but pasta. I eat a multi-grain version. Very hard, my husband bakes the most wonderful bread. I am doomed.

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  4. we try to have a meatless dinner once or twice a week. It is cheaper too.

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    1. It's a win, win thing. Cheaper, healthier, and good for the planet!

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  5. My family is meatless every day, except for fish 2 or 3 times a month and occasionally some meat when we are guests. Here are our strategies for eating less meat. Thanks for promoting Meatless Monday! Even one day a week makes a difference.

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    1. I loved your recommendations. I agree so much if you vary your cuisine and eat different seasonings you don't need or miss meat.

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  6. We are limited in our food budget, and so are mainly a beans/legumes family. Once in a while I get some good grass fed beef from the farmers' market, or a chicken to roast, but typically we are all vegetarian all the time :-) We do enjoy eggs though! I think meatless Monday is a great idea to help with the health of our environment and the people who live in it :-)

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    1. Meatless Monday is a good introduction to people reducing their meat consumption. The hope is if you see that you can do without it one day maybe you can expand to 2 or 3 days. We eat primarily a Mediterranean diet, we rarely eat red meat and only chicken about once a week, some fish and many nights of pasta and bean dishes. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. We do this at least one day a week. I love it! Great idea for Meatless monday!

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    1. It is such a simple thing to do that is really good for your health and the planet's health.

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