Monday, June 17, 2013

T.G.I.M. - Meatless Monday for Be the Change Eco-Challenge

Thank Goodness it's Monday (TGIM)!!  Why?  Because it's Meatless Monday, of course!

Below is some great information about Meatless Monday from www.meatlessmonday.com, a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaign.  In association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, the organization provides information on why Meatless Monday is important, as well as recipes to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15%, for the health of the planet and for their own health.  

Meatless Monday really started during World War I, as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration urged families to reduce their consumption of meat and wheat.  "Meatless Monday" and "Wheatless Wednesday" were promoted to aid the war effort.  Through the help of Herbert Hoover, more than 13 million families signed the petition and pledge for the nation's meatless and wheatless conservation days.  “Americans began to look seriously into the question of what and how much they were eating. Lots of people discovered for the first time that they could eat less and feel no worse – frequently for the better,” as stated by a 1929 Saturday Evening Post article.

"Research has shown that reducing meat intake may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The occasional meatless meal can also help cut your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel." (The Monday Campaigns, Inc, 2013).

"Multiple studies have shown that periodic health prompts lead to positive behavior change. Monday is the beginning of the week, making it the perfect time to reevaluate our choices and set our intentions for the coming days. With a Meatless Monday, you have a scheduled, recurring reminder to start your week off on a nutritious note. And if this Monday passes you by, next week is another opportunity to focus on health!" (The Monday Campaigns, Inc, 2013).

Share with us if you are participating in Meatless Monday.  We would love to hear 
about (or see) what you are eating.
  • Tell us in the comments section of this blog below 
  • Tell us on the RMOG Facebook Page
  • Post a picture on Facebook and tag @"The Real Meaning of GREEN"
  • Tell us on the Muse in Purple Blog
  • And be sure to log into Rafflecopter here for super easy bonus point. Get 10 points each for following the blogs and RMOG Facebook page and 1 point per day for tweeting about the challenge #btcecochallenge

Everything you do makes an impact.  BE THE CHANGE!

~Kristin & Kelsey

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