The ONE thing you can do to feel better, save money AND help the environment!
Well, how’s that for a title? Are you wondering what that one thing is? It’s so simple . . .
Eat less meat.
Okay, don’t run away now, please hear me out.
I’m NOT saying be a vegetarian (although if you want to that is fine), I’m NOT saying eat meat once a week or never enjoy your favorite dinner. I’m just saying east LESS meat.
So how can that one little act result in feeling better, saving money and helping the environment?
- Studies show that eating less meat can reduce your cancer risk, improve your cholesterol profiles and blood sugar levels and reduce your cardiovascular risk
- You will look healthier – eating more fruits and vegetables adds extra antioxidants to your diet which helps your skin glow
- More veggies and legumes = more fiber = better digestion
- You might just lose some weight. Substituting a plant-based meal will cut your calorie intake!
- Avoid extra drugs. A recent study showed that 70% of all antibiotics made in the US are used for livestock.
- Let’s face it, meat is expensive. Buy less of it and you’ll save money.
Help the Environment:
- It takes up to 133 gallons of water and creates 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions to produce one hamburger – so substituting a plant-based meal for a hamburger will reduce your carbon footprint.
- Have you ever seen a feedlot? Disgusting. If we reduce our consumption of meat, we’ll reduce our dependence on feedlots – and reduce a lot of greenhouse gasses!
A great way to reduce your meat intake is to simply start out by substituting one meal a week for a vegetarian dish. Then maybe you’ll move on to several.
If you follow my blog, you might notice that we often have meat for dinner. But what you don’t see is that most of the time we don’t eat meat for breakfast (except for eggs a few times a week), and often not for lunch either. What works for us, is trying to add at least one meatless dinner a week – and when we do serve meat, getting it from a local farmer who raises the cows, pigs and chickens in sustainable, organic manner. I also don’t serve large quantities of meat – 3 to 4 ounces per person (less for the kids) is sufficient, so if you pay attention to the meal plans I post you’ll notice I often cook a chicken or roast early in the week and then use part of that meat for several other meals – the meat goes further (which is good since it’s so expensive) and we supplement with lots of veggies and grains.
Most Americans consume a half a pound of meat a day , and not only is it expensive, it’s unnecessary – our bodies simply don’t need that much meat to be healthy.
So, do your health, your pocketbook and your environment a favor and cut your meat consumption – every little bit will help!
Interested in how to ensure you eat less meat? Start planning your menus – that way you can strategically create at least one meatless meal each week – you can even call it something catchy to entice your kids like “Meatless Monday.” Need help creating a menu plan? Check out my menu planning e-course – for less than $10 you’ll be a menu planning diva in no time!
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