Why You Should Try Going Meatless Once a Week
If you’re a meat lover, the thought of going even one meal without meat can seem too much, let alone going a whole day each week without anything meaty to sink your teeth into, but there are actually a lot of benefits to being plant-based for at least one day out of seven...
It’s good for heart health
Meat may taste amazing but it’s also packed with saturated fats in much higher levels than you would find in plant-based foods. The more saturated fats you eat the more likely you are to have heart problems, So, it makes sense to give your body a break once in a while and up your intake of fruits veggies, and whole grains for a day - I mean you should be eating them every day as sides anyway, but a day when that’s all you eat can be a great reset for the body.
It cuts your cancer risk
People who eat high levels of fruit and veggies are better protected against cancer than those who don’t and it’s a lot easier to maximize your intake of such produce when you have a plant-based day of eating each week, so what are you waiting for?
You’ll try new things
When you have to give up meat for one day a week, it forces you to think differently about the meals you make and the recipes you try out, which means going meatless once a week can expose you to lots of new foods you wouldn’t normally even think of trying. From the No Evil Foods plant-based burger to tempeh Reubens, and fresh and delightful Buddha bowls, you’ll be eating better than you ever did, and for one day, you won’t even miss the meat.
It’s great for the environment
There is no denying that a plant-based diet is a little easier on the environment than a diet that is heavy in meat products. Research has shown if everyone in the USA went meatless for just a single day, we’d save 100 billion gallons of the world’s water and cut CO2 emissions by 1.2 million tons! That’s not bad for a single day of plant-based eating and could be an easy way for you to do your bit for the planet.
You don’t have to miss out on anything
Whether you love chicken and waffles or beef noodle soup, there is pretty much always a way you turn the dishes you love plant-based. Sure, they won’t be exactly the same, but they can be pretty close, which means there’s really no reason not to give it a try if it’s something you think could benefit you in your life.
You’ll save money
Produce is almost always much cheaper than meat by weight. In fact, on average, vegetarians can cut their grocery bill by $750 each year just by ditching the meat. You won’t save that much with one meatless day in your week, but you will save and it does all add up.
How about it? Do you think you could go meatless once a week or do you just love chicken and steak too much?