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Are You Ready for No Meat March?

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Are You Ready for No Meat March?

No Meat March is right around the corner! Are you willing to go meat free for 31 days?

For someone who grew up on a meat-and-three type diet, eating vegetarian or vegan might seem a little bit daunting, which is why I’m a big fan of giving meatless eating a go in little spurts. From Meatless Monday to The Weekend Vegan Challenge, there are lots of fun ways to dip your toe into meatless eating without totally committing to life-long plant-based eating.

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If you’re ready to take meatless eating a little bit further, next month is a great opportunity! The Girls Gone Green are launching No Meat March 2013, a month-long vegetarian challenge.

Like I said, cutting out meat from your diet can seem a little bit extreme if you’re used to centering your plate around the meat. Take that steak away, and what’s left? Maybe some sad, steamed veggies? A side salad? Possibly a baked potato? That’s no fun at all!

Luckily, vegetarian and vegan eating goes way beyond a salad and a baked potato. It’s all about reimagining that plate to make plant-based foods like beans, veggies, nuts, and whole grains the stars of the show.

You don’t have to do this without support! On the next page, check out the intro video for No Meat March along with a list of vegetarian recipes to help you get started!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:14PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

I'm meatless all the time for the last 30 years and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

Eco-Eating
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It's best for your health, your spirit, your family, public health, the animals, and our environment.

9:42PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Bill K., calves are "cute". Adult cows are far from "cute". If not used for meat, or providing milk, then what use ARE they? They don't make good companions, and serve no other purpose. Big enough, then OXEN can be used to pull wagons (I'm told OXEN are technically just cows). There is no reason to mistreat any animal, whether it's raised for consumption at a later date, or kept for a companion animal, or protection or to herd livestock. ALL animals deserve proper feed, water, shelter and respect. Ever spend some time on a farm that raised cows? I'm guessing not. They are not the brightest bulbs in the package and often very difficult to handle, with Dairy cows being the "most" docile.

BTW, never heard of dogmeat being better for arthritis. Since I do have OA, I've read everything available on the topic. Sounds like myth and rumor to justify killing dogs, same as rhino horn is supposedly medicinal and tiger bones are an afphrodesiac.

1:36PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Dee - it's just your opinion that cows are not cute and cuddly. Some people like them. But whether you think they are or aren't it's no reason to treat them worse than dogs and cats. Dog meat by the way is supposed to be good for arthritis and in some cultures is an acceptable food. Don't let your personal biases decide which animals are to be treated poorly and which are to be loved. Either animals are commodities to be treated like things or they're not. A cow feels the same pain and fear a dog does.

12:25PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Veggie lasagna for dinner tonight!

5:25PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

This works out perfectly with my plan to start the Eat to Life Plan!!

1:39PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

tks

7:37AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

I eat mostly vegetables because I love vegetables. It's not because I am trying to save the lives of cows and other animals. They are on this planet for human consumption. Cows are not cuddly or cute like dogs and cats. But when these animals ARE housed and then slaughtered, it should be done humanely.

6:01PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

What a great idea. I love it!!!!!!! It's often hard to stay veggie when going out to a restaurant, especially with a group. I use www.veggiesetgo.com to help find vegetarian friendly restaurants that every one will enjoy. 31 days is a great way to try it, without a commitment. Great idea.

5:46PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Meatless March? No problem. I'll be sure not to eat any.

3:41PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

we may be forced to eat less if the Dept of Ag has fewer inspectors after sequestration

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