There is a subject that keeps coming up in conversation with friends, the decision of some people of going meatless and even further, with no animal products whatsoever in their diet and weather this is a good decision health/planet/happiness wise.
I wrote an extensive post on what i thought about it a while ago so I will go not into it again, I do think that there are many arguments to go both sides and the opinions are so diametrically opposed that it is very hard for one side to convince the other one.
There is a fact of life though that is non disputable and it is the excessive amount of meat and animal flesh that we consume nowadays in the western world, which due to extensive farming and some morally questionable actions has now become affordable for everyone and something that before was a more scarce consumption is now the norm.
This has lead to some very serious health issues in our society and some even more serious issues for our planet. I know the idea of going vegetarian or vegan is for many an absolute deal breaker for many and i do not advocate for it myself, but i do firmly believe in reducing the consumption of meat to what it was when farming was sustaible, in a conscious effort to reduce the impact on the planet and on our health. That is the reason why i think that meatless Monday is a great idea!
- You start your week making a conscious effort to improve or innovate in the kitchen, making dishes that you would not normally make
- Thinking actually makes us aware, and when we are aware of our decisions and they are not the heat of the moment, they are better for us. Nobody actually thinks tomorrow for my Meatless Monday I am going to make myself something really unhealthy full of butter and cream.
- Sets you off to a good start! And when someone invests some time in themselves and in their health and wellbeing, they are more likely to stick to it for the rest of the week.
- Your diet becomes more varied. You can substitute meat with products that you wouldnt normally eat! Chick peas, quinoa, tofu, tempeh, you can make anything out of vegetable protein sources
- These foods are generally high in fibre and lower in fat and have no cholesterol so they are very good for you.
- The planet will smile. Hippie as it may sounds, you going one day a week without meat will decrease the demand, if we all did it, the demand would decrease and we would not have the need to destroy forests and crops to feed cows that are being mistreated in a high production farm. Yes my friends, not many cows live happily in the mountains and fields eating grass and then being used for meat, the vast majority of the meat we consume comes from farms that would you very sad if you would see them.
Dont know where to start?? No worries, I am here to help.
Breakfast: Cononut Vanilla Oat Bran with berry compote
In a pan, bring 250 ml of coconut milk (unsweetened) to a boil and add 3 tablespoons of Oat Bran and a few drops of vanilla essence and sweetener to your taste. Put it in a bowl and sprinkle with raw cocoa powder, matcha tea powder, sliced almonds and some berry compote. I make my own by cooking frozen summer berries in 1/2 cup of water with the juice of half a lemon and adding sucralose at the end.
This is high in fibre and low burning energy and it is very sweet and delicious due to the coconut milk.
Lunch: a big bowl of salad, lettuce, spinach… with 1/2 a ripe avocado, 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa or lentils , spring onions, chopped tomato, and a tbsp of nuts on top (with no sugar or additives) penauts, walnuts, pine nuts… and dress with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice.
Snack: a piece of toast with peanut butter, or an apple with peanut butter, or a piece of fruit with a glass of coconut or soy milk with unsweetened cocoa.
Dinner: butternut squash soup and salad with chick peas.
It is actually not that difficult and it can do wonders for your good intentions! Let me know if you try it and how you get on!