EAT LESS MEAT
Americans are C onsuming L ess M eat without ‘Going Veg’ – S hould Y ou J oin the H ealthy T rend?
The World, Ben Larrison, May 14, 2013
“The goal,” says Tami O’Neill, project associate for The Monday Campaigns, “is for people to use the start of their week to contemplate healthier eating.”
But O’Neill is also quick to mention that the Meatless Monday campaign is not recruiting people to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. (“We’re completely for people eating meat or wanting to eat meat,” O’Neill says.) The idea is more for people to take the start of the week as an opportunity to think about what they eat, and to explore the ever-growing world of plant-based meals.
While the notion of giving up daily meat may seem daunting at first, it’s often just a matter of mindset. “Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can,” Hensrud [editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet ] says. “And come up with different meals that are tasty, healthy, practical, but don’t involve meat. Whether that’s including fish more often, or just starting out going plant-based instead of meat one day a week or something.”
Plus, thanks to the Internet, it’s pretty easy to find quick-’n’-easy meatless recipes, some of which may even introduce your taste buds to some new foods and flavors. One such food is quinoa, the so-called “miracle grain” that eats like rice or couscous while also packing a great deal of protein. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it so much you’ll try it again with chicken or fish.
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