According to this article in Medical News Today, data confirms several health benefits of a plant-based diet. Small steps to a healthier life are going meatless at least once a week. A tiny effort that gives a significant impact on your body, many people now consider a plant-based diet; however, most people find it difficult to make the switch. We recommend starting small by going meatless just once a week, and you just might see significant changes in your body’s health.
Why go meatless?
Meatless meals one day a week can lower risks of long-term preventable diseases like:
- Heart Disease
“The closer you can come to following a plant-based diet, the better. That doesn’t mean you have to become a vegan or vegitarian, but it means we need to be eating more plants in our lives.”
~Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, MD Anderson Cancer Center
In addition to a healthy body, meatless days are helpful to the environment as it lowers your carbon footprint. Livestock emits millions of CO2, which contributes to harmful greenhouse gasses. According to Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the growing demand for animal production is posing a life-threatening impact on us and the environment because of these problems:
- Animals for food are kept in crowded conditions that are a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses. For these animals to thrive, they are treated with antibiotics and other antimicrobials to suppress infection, which makes them and the production environment antibiotic-resistant.
- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be spread in contaminated meat when mishandled or undercooked.
- Livestock creates more harmful gases than vehicles and other transportation methods. These gases are released in our atmosphere which adds up to greenhouse gases that affect global warming.
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The transmission of harmful bacteria has become one of the primary concerns for public health. On top of that, meat can be hard to digest. Depending on your metabolism, meat and fish usually takes at least two days to exit your body compared to fruits and vegetables, which digests for 12-24 hours. Therefore, eating plant-based foods is not only healthy but also helps your body maintain a healthy gut.
Meatless Recipes to Try
Going meatless doesn’t mean boring meals as there are so many alternatives to meat such as tofu, beans, nuts, seeds and lentils, and of course, faux meats if you wish to recreate your favorite meat dishes.
Tagliolini ai Fungi
Sweet Potato Lentil Mason Jar Salad
Grilled Butternut Squash with Chimichurri
Delicious Meatless Burger
Removing meat from your diet once a week will not only help your body become healthier but also protect our world from harm. After all, we only have one body and one planet to live in. Let’s take good care of it.