Meatless Mondays is not about going vegetarian or vegan for me, but aspiring to live a more conscious life as a food consumer. In today’s world, we have come to think that protein is the most important part to our nutrition.
We can thank the fitness craze over the last few years for this one, even I was a strong advocate for it. It’s a product that keeps you full, and lean for little carbs, perfect for aspiring fitness gurus and athletes.
However, does it make sense to consumer all this “protein,” e.g. chicken, turkey, pork, and beef products, even if it has been subject to antibiotics, hormones, and an unnatural diet?
I’ll leave you to be the judge for that, but to me, it started making a difference.
I really started to care where my food came from, not just my veggies and fruits but my meat as well.
Consuming animal meat has been something we have evolved with, so it’s kind of wired in our systems to consume meat, for most of us at least. So I’m not giving up meat but I am trying to give up inhumane and unnatural sources of meat.
Meatless Mondays encourages me to go plant based even for a day. As Michael Pollan said, “Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants.”
The point of meatless Mondays is to practice the exchange of quality over quantity. I will still have meat, as I am a great fan, but I will have less of it and of better quality.
This means buying more from local farmers who practice treating and raising their animals with respect, with proper feed (that is not corn), free of any antibiotics and hormones. Top Market Family Farms is one of my trusted sources as well as truLOCAL for those who live a busier lifestyle.
And as a meat lover, I will tell you it’s not the end of the world. There are so many other delicious things that are high in protein and are not meat. I have become a lover of tempeh, sweet potato patties, and beans! One day a week is manageable and once you start, you will notice that once a week become 2-3 times per week subconsciously.
Your body will feel better too with all the greens, wholesome grains, and natural sugars and fats you will fill it with instead. It’s amazing how what you feed your body, influences your system. I haven’t had the energy I have now in a long time, and I feel lighter as well! This is an ongoing experiment of mine, but so far it is showing a lot of promise!
Hopefully I will encourage you to do the same! Explore some of my yummy recipes below and find out for yourself how satisfying Meatless Mondays can be!
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