Happy Meatless Monday everyone!!!
I don’t know about you but my family is making a big effort to eat less meat in 2018. (Except for Wolfie – he just eats whatever we give him!) We are NOT giving up meat all together – this blog is about enjoying life and we really, really enjoy meat. I mean, come on. Bacon. Right?
Anyway, this is a big deal for Blake – if it were up to him, we would be eating steak on steak on steak for 3 meals a day with a side of chicken or pork. It’s less of a big deal for me because I’m not a huge meat eater and because I have failed several times at being a vegetarian so I’m kind of good at not eating meats for finite periods of time.
So stay tuned for some tips, etc. on that (including an upcoming post on great ways to use hummus as more than a dip!) but I wanted to outline the benefits that we are hoping to see from eating less meat.
Our Health – We are trying to get fit in 2018 and vegetarian diets are proven to promote healthy weight loss (that stays off) and help lessen our chances of having problems with heart disease, cancer, etc. Additionally, Blake is diabetic and focusing on foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, etc. have been shown to help with blood sugar control and make your body more responsive to insulin!
Expanding our Palate – I have been known to get into a big of a cooking rut and just relying on the same old, same old recipes. However, with taking meat out, it gives me a chance to get creative and to learn more about plant based proteins. For example, I have no idea what to do with tofu. But now I’m going to learn.
Save Money – A bag of organic beans only costs a few dollars. Meat can get hella expensive (especially if you’re trying to go with higher quality, organic, grass-fed, etc.). It can be WAY cheaper to be a vegetarian.
The Environment – So, caring for meat animals is apparently really bad for the environment and is an inefficient use of water, energy, space, etc. It’s not much but it’s a little that we can do for the planet.
Anyway there you have it – why we are celebrating Meatless Monday (and other meatless meals throughout the week!)