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Can You Go Meatless For Labor Day? [Video]

Can You Go Meatless For Labor Day? [Video]

 

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Headed to the lake or ocean to soak up the last of the warm summer sunshine? Planning to host a BBQ for family and friends?

No matter how you celebrate, this Labor Day, the folks behind the Meatless Monday movement would like to invite you to do it without eating meat. If that sounds decidedly un-American, consider this: Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt galvanized the nation with voluntary meatless days during both world wars.

By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change.

Watch the newest Meatless Monday video below to learn more and accept the challenge!

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8:30PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Probably not.

10:33AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Between a cranky refrigerator and finding that meat is usually a poor buy compared to both vegetables and lentils, I wind up usually end up eating meat when it comes my way as hospitality.

11:50PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

I'm meatless everyday :))

7:24PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

@Lilithe. the quote i took was from here: http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/diet-myths-are-the-inuit-healthy.html.
and actually, the average inuit lifespan increased a bit over time, as opposed to decreasing (which means after the "wheat and sugar and booze" that you're talking about was introduced). go figure.

as i said before, if you eat the correct foods, anyone can be vegan/vegetarian. you may think you did, but obviously you didn't =l. plus, you personally would have to have extra specialized guidance on what to eat, not the cookbooks and recipes and universal advice, because you aren't able to digest grain. i do know vegans who also can't digest grains that have no trouble being vegan. just takes a little research, knowledge, and ingenuity.

7:10PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

We had a fruit salad, topped with Greek yogurt, eggplant moussaka, kalamata olives and feta cheese, and home made baklava , (with nuts and local honey). Nary a bit of meat, and tasted great! This was not a 'statement' meal, but one which came together because we all picked out items we loved eating. I think this is how we should view food. Something we eat, and enjoy, and fits our particular ideals of what makes us feel the best.

7:02PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

"Life SPAN!!" LOL! I eat meat, but SPAM is the worst! Yuk!

7:00PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

@Ryder - I would be interested to find out where those statistics come from, as their life spam probably went down and cancer came in AFTER being introduced to wheat and sugar and booze. I would be interested in their life spam statistics BEFORE white man foodstuffs came into their lives.

Also Ryder, there are many of us who DID eat a balanced vegan/vegetarian diet, and got sick. I became a vegetarian right around your age, attempting to deal with emerging illness I had at 15, and was following healthy cookbooks and recipes. It did more damage than good.

6:51PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

How do you get your B12 Bill? I was on a very balanced vegan diet, and when I first went in for the diagnosis for leukemia, I was VERY low in B12 - in spite of my intake of it. I obviously could not assimilate the forms of B12 I was getting.

3:54PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

I see the B-12 deficiency hype machine is at work again. Not too long ago the scare was iron and anemia. Before that it was protein.

Meanwhile vegans and vegetarians continue to enjoy better health, more energy, and easier aging than our meat eating counterparts. Hardly the result of a nutrient deficient diet.

A little education on how to get all the nutrients you need really isn't that hard. But I guess spreading fear to try to preserve a cruel and unsustainable diet is easy too.

9:24PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

You're right Laura D. every individual is different and one size does not fit all. Many vegetarians have no problem with the fact that a strictly vegetarian diet leaves that person with a deficiency in vitamin B12. Others though have a big problem with it and it can cause serious health problems.

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