Meatless Monday:
A Step in the Right Direction

The term Meatless Monday may sound familiar, and for good reason. It's not a new concept at all.

The idea was introduced during WWI by the United States Food Administration. Initially it was an attempt to ration food supplies to support the war effort. Families were encouraged to also participate in "Wheatless Wednesday" to reduce mass consumption of those foods.

The government circulated recipe books in various periodicals to spread the word, and increase the probability of participation amongst citizens.

The meat-free weekday resurfaced as another war initiative during WWII; this time to aid a recovering Europe.

In 2003, Sid Lerner, a passionate health advocate, realized the abundance of preventable diseases plaguing society. Excessive meat consumption had been linked to the prevelance of these illnesses. Lerner revived Meatless Monday as a public health campaign.

These days Meatless Monday is a global movement, promoted not only in health care officials and government offices, but restaurants and work places too.

Benefits of Meatless Monday

Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle will not happen overnight. Fortunately, gradually changing your eating habits significantly increases your chances of success.

Starting off by finding dairy alternatives, or removing meat from your diet one day out of the week, is a great way to get the ball rolling. Not only will participating aid you in your journey, but it comes with awesome perks.

The Health Benefits

  • Fight Diabetes: Excessive meat comsumption has been proven to dramatically increase one's chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Reduce Risk of Heart Disease: Reducing saturated fat intake, coupled with incorporating polyunsaturated fats into your diet, lowers the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure by as much as 19%.
  • Curb Obesity: Those that adhere to a vegetarian (or low-meat) diet often have lower body mass indices and body weight.
  • Prolong Life: Excessive meat consumption has also been linked to the increases in total mortality.
  • Reduce Cancer Risk: Everything seems to claim to reduce your risk of getting cancer, but removing considerable amounts of meat from your diet really works. Processed meats (especially red meats) have been associated with the prevalance of colon cancer, while eating more fruits & vegetables dramatically lowers risk.

Save The Environment

  • Protect the Animals: The lower the demand for meat becomes, the less the industry can justify the slaughter of innocent animals. It's simply the law of supply & demand.
  • Reduce Gas Emissions: According to, the meat industry is responsible for 20% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, even surpassing transportation's contribution.

While this day may not have begun as a public health initiative, or a response to animal cruelty, participating in it can aid you in your personal journey. So give it a try, and be sure to tell us how it goes.

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