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A question for all my omnivore friends out there:  Would you consider cutting meat out of your meals once a week?  It might seem like an odd idea, but joining meatless Mondays has so many benefits!

Meatless Mondays is a non-profit group that started as a health awareness program in 2003.  Their goal is to reduce meat consumption in order to improve our personal health, as well as the health of our planet.

Vegetables on Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays has now become a food movement that is catching on like wildfire.  Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, introduced me to meatless Mondays when he suggested America get involved during an interview with Oprah. Michael suggested that by cutting meat out of our meals once a week will reduce our carbon footprint.  He also noted an additional benefit of meatless Mondays. “To the extent we push meat a little bit to the side and move vegetables to the center of our diet, we are also going to be a lot healthier.”

Adding more vegetables, beans, fruits and nuts to your diet will not only help your digestive and immune system, but it also has an external body benefit.  A vegetarian diet on Mondays will help you consume more vegetables that contain vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that help make skin healthy and clear.

And of course an added bonus: learn some fun new recipes along the way!

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A friend just called me from Whole Foods to ask me what the difference is between vegetarian-fed and grass-fed beef.  There is a BIG difference between the two, and his question has inspired me create a ripple to share the answer with you.   

Grass Fed Beef

Traditionally, all beef was grass-fed beef, and it took 4 – 5 years before a steer was ready for slaughter.  In the United States today, the majority of meat that is available is feedlot beef.  Feedlot beef can contain corn, protein supplements, and growth hormones, which makes animals grow at a much faster rate.  In fact, on this type of diet, it only takes a little over a year before a calf is ready for slaughter.  This is a faster and more profitable process, but it comes with dangerous consequences to our health.  Switching animals from a grass-fed diet to an all grain diet damages their digestive system, which is remedied with antibiotics in order to prevent sickness or death.  I bet you didn’t count on your meat containing antibiotics last time you grilled up those steak tips.

Grass-fed beef is lower in total fat than grain-fed beef, and many studies have shown that it is higher in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.  Knowledge is power, and it’s important to know the difference between vegetarian-fed (or grain-fed beef) vs. grass-fed beef.  Yes, grass-fed beef is more expensive, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It is healthy to cut down the amount of meat in our diets.  Consider spending the same amount of money on meat per week, but substituting a couple of meals per week with a vegetarian or vegan option.  Asking questions like my friend did today is a powerful step towards making healthier choices for you and your family.

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