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The concept first gained popularity during World War I in an effort to reduce domestic consumption to provide for troops overseas. The campaign was reintroduced back in 2003 as a public health initiative, and has gained a significant following around the United States since. So, what is Meatless Monday? It is a simple and healthy tradition of eating plant based meals every Monday. While Meatless Monday does require you to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, animal products (like eggs and cheese) are still allowed.
At the beginning of the week, we are more likely to engage with healthy behaviors, including eating healthy meals. Practicing a healthy habit each Monday also gives us a chance to reset from the weekend and start our week off right. Plus, starting each week with a healthy habit makes us more likely to remain consistent in our long term fitness goals.
Making the choice to replace eating meat one day a week with plant-based foods such as vegetables, beans, soy and nuts has numerous health benefits:
In addition to improving your health, Meatless Mondays also help to reduce your carbon footprint! Reducing meat consumption helps to decrease the production of damaging greenhouse gases that bring about climate change. Eating plant based meals also helps to reduce the demand for vital environmental resources such as land, water, and energy.
So, are you ready to go meatless?
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