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Meatless Monday!
2 years ago

Many here are vegetarians so this will not mean much but for those eating meat a number of times a day this is a good place to begin.

Try having one day a week without any meat. There is a whole movement called Meatless Monday and it is helping people to have at least one day without meat. It is good for your health but if that is not motivating enough read this article which I have copied a bit of here.

5 Reasons Why the Food on Your Plate is More Important Than the Car You Drive:

Many people who “go green” consider buying something major like a hybrid car.  A larger contribution to the environment is not in your driveway though, but in your fridge right now.

The climate change cost of animal meat production is greater than the cost of cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

This is not just vegetarians or health advocates saying this either. The World Health Organization, Scientific American, New Scientist and Readers Digest have all come out with clear information on this fact.

Effects of Meat Production on the Planet

1. Cow Farts: 
Cattle farting (and burping) methane – as has been joked about in the media – is a factor in global warming.

2. Plant Displacement: 
The biggest impact of meat production is that it displaces useful plants.  Trees, grasses and other year-round plants are what absorb CO2 and capture carbon on this planet but they are displaced for specific crops to house and feed cattle.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-your-diet-destroying-the-environment.html#ixzz1wr1UPlSv

2 years ago

" Enough grain is squandered every day in raising America's livestock for meat to provide every human being on earth with two loaves of bread"

- John Robbins (From 'Diet For A New America')

2 years ago

This is the online group that started a site for this movement:
http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

And the Canadian partner: http://meatlessmonday.ca/

What it is

Eat your veggies to fight global warming!

Meatless Monday Canada is a joint initiative between several groups interested in helping Canadians make one day a week meat-free.

The first Meatless Monday happened during World War I, when Americans were encouraged to give up some of their staples foods to aid the war effort. During World War II, it became a way to help supply food for war-torn Europe. Decades later the purpose has changed but the method is much the same – get creative, get meatless one day a week.

2 years ago

Are you getting ready for Meatless Monday?

2 years ago

This is an excellent website for anyone interested in knowing more about vegetarianism

http://www.thevegetariansite.com/index.htm

2 years ago

Well, I do try and cut down on meat.  I am able to make meals for myself without it but I do have to say it would be so much easier if I could somehow learn to like tofu...I just can't seem to acquire a taste for it...that and soy milk.  No matter how many times I have tried...  So I will get by with salads and soups or P & J or sometimes by those frozen veggie burgers.  But I would like nothing better than to cut out meats, for many many reasons.  

2 years ago

I hear you about tofu; it can be boring without doing something tasty with it.

In Healthy Cooking we have lots of recipes in Terrific Tofu Check it out and let me know if you find something you would like to try.

 

There are other alternatives like beans.

I just sent this recipe to a client: Chili Con Vegie

2 years ago

I do like beans.  I made a Spanish rice and added black bean, my favorite. 

 

I had an Asian tofu that was suppose to be like beef and broccoli..omg..yuck! 

 

Will check it out, Thanks!

2 years ago

Eat your veggies to fight global warming!


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Meatless Monday Canada is a joint initiative between several groups interested in helping Canadians make one day a week meat-free.

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The first Meatless Monday happened during World War I, when Americans were encouraged to give up some of their staples foods to aid the war effort. During World War II, it became a way to help supply food for war-torn Europe. Decades later the purpose has changed but the method is much the same – get creative, get meatless one day a week.

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Today, the movement is spreading across the globe and across Canada as people become more aware of the environmental impact their food choices make.


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It’s not about going vegetarian. (Though that is a great choice.)

It’s about healthy, sustainable eating. It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about doing what we can to slow down global warming. And it starts with you.

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But why is this initiative so important?

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Animal agriculture is responsible for a whopping 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. That’s more than all forms of transportation combined – on the entire planet!

The emissions come from methane in animal manure, nitrous oxide from fertilizer used to grow animal feed, and the cutting down of forests for grazing land.


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Are there health benefits from going meatless?

Reducing your meat intake can lessen your own risk for developing chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.

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The Meatless Monday Canada Team

Watch the video of our launch at the Taste of Health conference in Vancouver, as reported by our US partner www.MeatlessMonday.com

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Associated with Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, the US initiative promotes the health benefits of reducing meat consumption also.

Other Meatless and Meat-free Monday events are happening worldwide. Become part of a global movement.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact us

2 years ago

Apart from the spiritual, moral and ethical side of it all, what is meat? It is protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals - all of which can be gotten elsewhere. There's nothing 'magic' about meat. It isn't even the best source of protein.

Free-range eggs provide a complete protein superior to that of meat.

Dairy produce provides a complete protein superior to that of meat.

Quinoa provides a complete protein superior to that of meat.

Brown rice and beans combined provide a complete protein equivalent to that of meat.

Beans and wholemeal bread combined provide a complete protein equivalent to that of meat.

Brown rice and lentils combined provide a complete protein equivalent to that of meat.

2 years ago

Good points John!


More Meatless Monday ideas: Beans, Beans & more Beans!!!!!

nice ideas
2 years ago

I am working on going meatless at least one supper per week and have done fairly well with being creative. My two sons are very good about this and don't seem to notice but Daddy has been more of a struggle. I have found that my 3 year old son loves black beans and I have done a lot with these. Also Red beans and rice on a night works really well i add some bread or garlic bread and this is divine or a salad or veggie and thats dinner. I also do a pasta bake that has healthy pasta or rice or quinoa depending on what i have , cheese, and i add veggies either broccoli or cauliflower or both and thats supper with a a side veggie once again. breakfast for supper but no meat ( we do eat a lot of eggs and i know that many people don't add these to their diet but for my growing boys these are important. so scrambled eggs and pancakes are a great supper..
thanks for this group and i will take any other ideas and any new uses for beans would be appreciated.
Thanks
Katie

2 years ago

Katie, that is great to hear you are moving in this direction.

Follow the link above for lots and lot of recipes for beans.

Happy to hear you are enjoying this group.

1 year ago

Photo: Crispy Tasty Tofu Recipe
<a href=http://realfoodforlife.com/crispy-tasty-tofu/">

Anonymous
Meatless Monday: Health Living
1 year ago

I've never done that.

1 year ago

This young fellow makes the most marvellous case for vegetarianism....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrU03da2arE

1 year ago

A fine article on the environmental cost of livestock production...

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources.aspx

And an eye-opening quote by Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

"A 1% reduction in worldwide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion dollar investment in solar energy."

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cute little kid.

1 year ago

Americans get entirely too much protein these days.


Our family practices eating meat once a week. It is always from organic, local farms, that raise and slaughter their animals humanely. We regularly consume organic dairy products from them as well.


Our favorite meatless, homemade dinners include:
Veggie pizza
Asian stir-fry or egg rolls
Creamy veggie casseroles
Burritos with fresh tortillas
Potato Aloo with spinach
Curried lentils and rice
Kale, mushrooms and caramelized onion with pasta
Summer squash, corn and tomato wraps with Spanish rice


If anyone wants recipes, feel free to message me.


The estrogen in soy can negatively affect people, like myself. Soy should also be avoided because most of it is genetically-modified, unless it is organic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

My parents and I do that.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you everyone for these nice concerns about being meatlessmonday, I am vegetarian from 1979.  I didn't have choice many times to eat meat.  When you know how animals are treated and feeded, you will probably quite eating animals, like that.  It is awful!  I am back with vegetarism.  And I wish you the same.  I just read something and omg I hope no more I will eat these poor animals. 

Thank you, we are all unique.  Nobody will force you to quite. 

1 year ago

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those vegetables look good.

Love this. YUM
1 year ago



This post was modified from its original form on 02 Sep, 10:47
1 year ago

That does look good. Onions, green beans and zuccini. I cannot make out what the grain is.  And what is the orange stuff?

1 year ago

Since I am completely vegan,I am going on a tour of this town's best made brussel sprouts

which seem to be in fashion here,and is served in many places.

So far I have had them in pomegranite juice,and maple sugar

If I were making it,i would dip them in a quinoa/eel sauce combination

(there is no eel in eel sauce,it is for eel)

I look forward to reporting back with the other places results as soon as i get them

It should be fun



This post was modified from its original form on 13 Sep, 15:19
1 year ago

I've been keeping an eye on this young fellow's progress for some time and I have nothing but admiration for him. He is an inspiration.

Underlining the fact that you don't need to eat meat or dairy for strength and fitness, Patrik's latest achievement involved lifting a weight equivalent to that of a large horse!

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/09/09/patrik-baboumian-breaks-world-record-with-vegan-power/

1 year ago

That is so great that a vegan can break a world record John!

 

At Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend, history was made when German strongman, Patrik Baboumian shouldered 550 kilos (1212.54 pounds) and carried that weight for over 10 meters (32.8 feet), with just a roar and the words ‘vegan power.’

 

Did you know: It takes 13 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That's very impressive.

World Vegetarian Day on 1 October!
1 year ago

Tomorrow is Meatless Monday!

 

Bring out the broccoli and roll out the red peppers - it's World Vegetarian Day on 1 October! Around 4 million Brits are now eating a vegetarian diet and an increasingly large number of restaurants and specialist food suppliers are popping up to meet their needs
 
Anonymous
1 year ago

That's great. Thanks for sharing, Cupid.

1 year ago

Cupid, thank you for keeping us up to date with Meatless Monday. 


Sorry I did not answer your question. The grain in the photo above is millet and buckwheat. And the orange stuff is kabocha sqaush which is one of my favourite vegetables.

1 year ago

Lots of good recipes for Meatless Monday in Healthy Cooking.

Here is one great collection of recipes:



1 year ago

Great!. I love squash. Thank you Diana for post it!

1 year ago

1 year ago

I must admit I too am a lover of squash

thanks Diana

1 year ago

Today is the 10th Anniversary of Meatless Monday Campaign!


More and more people are joining in.

1 year ago

9 Health Benefits of Lentils - the Mighty Little PowerFood
http://realfoodforlife.com/lentil/

8 months ago

Is the Meatless Monday Movement For You?

Is the Meatless Monday Movement For You?

There's a growing worldwide movement to help you and the planet! Discover the many benefits of eating less meat and how you can participate.

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Have you heard of the Meatless Monday movement?

It was developed to encourage people to have one day per week without meat.

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It is not about becoming a vegetarian — although it can be a baby step toward vegetarianism. It’s simply about having all the meals for one day each week without meat.

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How did Meatless Monday begin?

During World War I, American families were urged by the government to reduce consumption of key staples due to a “Food will win the war” mentality.

“Meatless Monday” and “Wheatless Wednesday” became weekly trends. More than 13 million families signed a pledge to observe the national meatless and wheatless conservation days.

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What is Meatless Monday Now?

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Meatless Monday was revived in 2003 to help prevent illnesses associated with excessive meat consumption. Americans eat almost 50 percent more than the recommend daily amount. Meatless Monday’s message is: “one day a week, cut out meat” to help people to do something good for themselves and for the planet.

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Why Monday?

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  • It’s the day people look to start new positive changes.
  • It’s the day (Monday blues) that we NEED help with our help.
  • It’s fun! (Meatless Monday has a better ring than Meatless Saturday)

Read more info on the many Monday Health Trends which is very interesting.

Do We Really Eat TOO MUCH Meat



Read more:http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-the-meatless-monday-movement-for-you.html#ixzz31SRggyDL

Meatless Monday
8 months ago

Yes, no problem, my daughter & I are Meatless Everyday. ; )

7 months ago

In my family we do Meatless Monday every week.

7 months ago

I did not know about meatless monday but then again I'm already on a plant base diet so, meat is not in my diet anymore. Thanks for sharing.

7 months ago

noted

6 months ago

I came across this website and thought I'd share it with you all ...

Over a 1,000 delicious recipes and all 100% vegan

http://www.allrecipes.co.uk/recipes/vegan-recipes.aspx

6 months ago

I didn't know about meatless Monday until I read this post and I think it is a very good idea and just started observing it. For lunch I went to one of my favorite coffee shops and had quinoa salad. It was the first time I ever tried quinoa and it was delicious. I bought a vegan cookbook and while I can't pledge to become vegan, I am totally willing to introduce more meat free recipes in my diet. 

6 months ago

Thank you John for that link.  

Happy to hear we have been inspiring Melanie and that you are doing it! 

2 months ago

This is quite wonderful.

I've long admired Patrik Baboumian. Such a marvellous advertisement for the vegan cause.

He has helped to silence so many jibes and correct so many misconceptions about veganism.

This is the first time I've heard him in his own words, and if I liked him before ...

A truly remarkable man.

(Interview & video)

http://www.freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/patrik-baboumian-strength-is-compassion/

3 weeks ago
I am great Meatless Monday fan and fully support the Meatless Monday movement.

Being an avid Twitterer I saw this video.

The video is hilarious!  And at the same time sad to see such narrow-mindedness.

Click here to see video: Fox N’ Friends Thinks Meatless Monday is a Plot to Brainwash Kids

3 weeks ago

Diana, Fox is one of the most right winged propaganda media in the world and biased and narrow minded. It's part of the Rupert Murdoch fraternity of media groups that incite violence, prejudice and hate. So anything that comes from Fox is rubbish. It is there purely for profit and gets paid by the most fascist organizations and people on the planet. I stay away from it and choose to read more intelligent reports and programming.
I was a vegetarian for 6 years until I came to China over 3 years ago. It is difficult to be a vegetarian here as most meals contain meat and 80% of our meals are street food or from restaurants which is very affordable. The job prevents me from having time to cook very often. However, I make a point of cooking a large vegetarian dish once a week and storing most of it. So I end up eating vegetarian at least 2-3 days of the week. Most Chinese eat meat with every meal but the portions of meat are much less than that of western countries. The problem is that there are so many of them that meat is actually consumed as much as western countries. Pork has to be the most unhealthy of the meats and I refuse to eat pork even though I am not a Muslim nor Jew. Pork has caused more food poisoning than any of the other meats and consider what a pig eats as well. What the animal eats is what we eat which is another reason not to eat dogs, cats and industrial chickens, cows and pigs. We should all be vegetarian for at least 3 days of a week. Meatless Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.