Monday, Monday, Monday (That reminds me of Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, but that’s another story.) Many people do not like Mondays — but we, at InPerspire, LOVE them. We think it is all in your perspective. For us, Mondays are the start of a brand new week when everything is possible. There are even studies to suggest “we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the rest of the week” (Healthy Monday). These studies have inspired a campaign focused on making healthy changes each Monday.
One way to be healthier is by going meatless on Mondays. Meatless Monday is a public health initiative started in 2003 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. According to this initiative:
Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Source: Meatless Monday (you can get more info from the site).
So even if you are carnivore, going meatless once a week certainly can’t hurt and it has the potential to do a lot of good for you and for the planet.
Here is an excerpt from an article written by CNN on the Meatless Monday phenomenon:
“The concept of Meatless Monday is not new. During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration called for “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays” to aid war effort. It told the public that “Food Will Win the War” though the effort to reserve food to be shipped to American servicemen abroad.
Food activist and author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”, Michael Pollan, participates in Meatless Mondays. He states: “To the extent we push meat a little bit to the side and move vegetables to the center of our diet, we’re also going to be a lot healthier,” he said.
Celebrity chef and cookbook author Katie Lee publicly participates in Meatless Mondays, often offering up her meat-free eats on her Twitter (@katieleekitchen) account.
In June 2009, even a Beatle got in on the “all you need is vegetables” action. Paul McCartney…launched Meat Free Monday in the United Kingdom to raise awareness about the climate-changing effects of meat production and consumption. “Having one designated meat-free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once,” Paul McCartney, a long-outspoken vegetarian, said. “For instance it not only addresses pollution, but better health, the ethical treatment of animals, global hunger and community and political activism.”
Entire cities are promoting a weekly meat hiatus. San Francisco became the first official Meatless Monday city in the United States on April 7.”
So, give it some thought, on this Monday and every Monday, eat less like a tyrannosaurus and more like a stegosaurus 🙂
Can’t wait to hear your Booty Boot Camp stories and triumphs. Happy Meatless Monday!
P.S. The InPerspire Bingo word for the day is: biggest loser
Also, Jimmy found this image when I was looking for my dinosaur pics and he loved it so much that I promised him I would include it in today’s post.