Monday, October 1, 2012

World Vegetarian Day


Today is World Vegetarian Day! So put down that hunk of meat, grab some fruits, veggies and whole grains, and help celebrate the official kickoff to Vegetarian Awareness Month.

While this blog is not intended to endorse a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, I have immense respect for people who choose to eliminate meat and animal products from their diets. For many years I was a vegetarian, albeit a rather unhealthy and nutritionally ignorant one, but a vegetarian all the same.

And while many meat-eaters think vegetarians and vegans are highly pretentious hippies who look down their noses at the barbaric act of eating animal flesh, which isn’t an entirely untrue stereotype in some cases, I can vouch that most vegetarians are genuinely just trying to do right by animals, the environment and their bodies.

But whether you choose to eat meat regularly or sparingly, I encourage you to take a break from it today or just one day this week. The benefits of going meatless or reducing meat consumption are pretty astounding:
  1. Reduces cancer risk
  2. Reduces heart disease
  3. Fights diabetes and obesity
  4. Extends the length of your life
  5. Improves your overall nutrition
  6. Reduces your carbon footprint
  7. Reduces water usage
  8. Reduces fossil fuel dependence
  9. Reduces your grocery bill
Not sure how to make tasty, filling meatless meals? Check out my recipes for ideas or visit any of the major cooking websites like Allrecipes.com, FoodNetwork.com or even WholeFoodsMarket.com for easy, delicious options. Pin It!

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