Monday, January 14, 2013
Meatless Monday--One of My Health Resolutions
We all know I'm a person who tries to live a "green" lifestyle. With my new health diagnosis, I'm looking at ways to eat healthier, and I have found this movement--Meatless Monday. From what I can tell, it refers to meat only, so it's not restricted to vegan meals. The website tells of the history of going meatless--it was a distinct part of the war effort during both WWI and WWII.
This poster from the US Food Administration shows the WWI program advertised as a way to support the troops. I'm not sure that Meatless Monday in our age will help our troops, but it could help the environment and more importantly--from a totally selfish perspective--my health. With all the genetically-enhanced meat out there, I'm also looking at my budget. Even cooking for one person can get expensive if you are like me and want to steer clear of GMO foods.
The more research I do, the more I believe that many of out health challenges today come from all the chemical "enhancements" to our food. It's doubtful I'll ever go vegan or raw with my eating, but Meatless Monday will help start me on my way to more responsible meals--better for my health, my budget and my planet.
If you are interested in this idea, here is the Wikipedia page for more information. There is also a Facebook page and Twitter feed if you use those social media sites. I'm headed to some of my favorite recipe sites--I need some meatless entree recipes. Yes, I have chicken and fish recipes and the poster doesn't consider those to be meat, but I'm not going to make it quite that easy on myself each week because those are foods I already love. Besides, as I research food choices, chicken without growth hormones is getting harder to find and therefore more expensive. Mercury levels in fish has been a concern for some time.
This will not become a food blog, but I will be sharing more info from time to time as I travel the road to healthier eating. If you have tips and tricks (and recipes), feel free to share!