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What Happens When You Have Meatless Mondays?

What Happens When You Have Meatless Mondays?

This year I have enjoyed eating a large amount of food.  As a family, we have always had healthy appetites.  We eat pasta at least once per week, and we have never had low-fat of anything.  We have always enjoyed real butter and full cream milk.

But this year I have noticed some weight fall off me.  The weight loss has not been deliberate, especially after eating my way through Italy.  How can you eat pasta every day, and drink wine and not put on weight?  I know we did lots of walking, but we also ate and ate.  What I have also found is I have more energy. 

So what have I noticed over time?

A few years ago I discovered how destructive sugar is to our bodies, so gradually this has been deleted from our diets.  (read about Sugar-Free September here).

Then a couple of years ago I was having terrible trouble with "women's" problems, being very concerned I would have to have a hysterectomy, and I was suffering from a huge amount of bloating.  My son Josh told me to switch from cow's milk to almond or soy milk in my coffee.  Problem solved there, and everything went back to normal.

This year I have been incorporating more vegetarian meals to our table.  I have never been a huge meat eater, especially red meat, but now I only eat meat in rare occasions, or not at all.

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Meatless Monday is a global organisation, which branched out in Australia in 2013 by the Fry's Family Foundation.  The campaign has a strong and growing visibility in the Australia.  According to Meatless Monday, going meatless once a week is good for your health and the environment.  

It may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.

Also, Meatless Monday suggest by cutting down on meat you will live longer.  Evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and a limited amount of meat can increase longevity, whereas significant amounts of meat, especially red and processed meat consumption can lead to increases in deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

So if going meatless once per week can do all of this, then imagine if we introduced more plant based foods to our diets a few times per week?  You won't only feel better and have more energy; you will be saving money.  There is a great incentive.

I am only happy that grapes are still good for us!  

Check out Meatless Monday here.  Also read other articles at our food section of the blog.  Remember, everything is in moderation and balance.  Once you have balance with your diet and incorporate some daily exercise, your body will be grateful.

The animals will be grateful too.

Two of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, as you can see well used, Plenty and Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi.  Vegetarian meals that are so full of flavour, you won't miss meat.

Two of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, as you can see well used, Plenty and Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi.  Vegetarian meals that are so full of flavour, you won't miss meat.

 

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