Meatless Monday is a sustainability movement that helps the environment and the health of it’s participants. Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. I have decided to participate in Meatless Monday for a month and document my experiences.
As an American that is not a vegetarian, meat is always an important part of my meals and the main source of protein. On a typical day some kind of meat or fish would probably be in 1-2 of my meals, typically lunch and/or dinner. Lunch would usually consist of some kind of sandwich with chicken or turkey on it. Dinner would probably also have chicken and sometimes beef. I already make an effort to have less beef in my diet because of its high carbon footprint and health effects.
I think this is experiment is going to be an interesting way to look at my dietary habits as well as experience new kinds of food. As a college student, it is sometimes hard to find time to cook all my meals and I find myself falling into erratic meal patterns. In my mind, I don’t feel as if meat is make or break for me. I feel like it shouldn’t be too hard to go a whole day without it. But Meatless Mondays could very well change my mind about that!