Go Meat-LESS- Your Body Will Thank You Too!
I hope you are enjoying the Everyday Eco-Habit of Going Meat-LESS. By adopting this one simple Eco-Habit, you are doing so much to protect our earth. The bonus? Going Meat-LESS just once per week can also have serious positive impacts on your health. According to a study at Harvard, people that did not eat meat were, on average, 25% less likely to die of heart disease. Abstaining from red meat in particular reduced the risk of certain cancers. The National Institute of Health states that, “long-term consumption of increasing amounts of red meat and particularly of processed meat is associated with an increased risk of total mortality, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes, in both men and women.” And the World Health Organization warns that processed meats rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer. Ugh! Dr. Michael Greger’s Book, How Not to Die,incorporates the benefits of eating plant-based, which could even reverse heart disease. While there is a plethora of research on the risks of eating too much meat, it is not my goal to scare you into Going Meat-LESS. Rather, I want you to see how easy it is to make positive, everyday choices that can improve the environment and your life. So, lets learn what a plant-based diet can do for your body.
By eating a plant-based diet, you can:
Support your heart. Eating plant-based can reduce the risk of heart disease by 20-26%;
Reduce your risk of certain cancers;
Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes; and
Help maintain a healthy weight.
The U.S. National Institute of Health is urging physicians to recommend plant-based diets to their patients. The NCIB stated, “healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods…Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.” Check out the rest of the article here.
Not convinced yet? Starting today, I will be sharing plant-based wisdom and recipes from My Green Friends Pamela Salzman, Chrissy Roth of Plant Based Luv, Peggy and Megan Curry from Curry Girls Kitchen, and more. And be sure to check out more Meat-LESS info on my Instagram and Facebook pages this month.
I am excited to hear how you feel about the environment and your health at the end of Going Meat-LESS for the month!