Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

Meatless Monday

Posted on: January 14, 2013


I first heard about Meatless Monday on The Chew.  Mario Batali was talking about it as something his family has done for three years.  Deciding that this was a change that would fit well, with my changing food plan, I decided to do a little investigating.

According to the movement’s website, Meatless Monday,  the reason for going meatless once a week is:

“Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.”

To me this seems like a good aim.  As for why do this on Mondays, the website notes:

“For most Americans the week begins on Monday. On Monday we move from the freedom of the weekend back to the structure of work or school. We set our intentions for the next six days. We plan ahead and evaluate progress.

From an early age we internalize this rhythm. And studies suggest we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the week. That makes Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health and the health of our planet.

Monday is the call to action built in to every calendar each week. And if this Monday passes you by, next week is another chance to go meatless!”

This also seems eminently reasonable.

The big question is, will I be able to do this successfully while still maintaining my Weight Watchers food plan?  I suspect that I will, so I’m going to give it a try.  I think that it will be a good fit, actually, since Weight Watchers encourages us to eat whole grains, beans, legumes, and other power foods.  I have also been gearing more toward a flexatarian diet, and I believe this will support that goal.

Rather than create an information overload, I will talk about this over time.  Also, the website has a bunch of PDF files dealing with various aspects of the movement.

For my first Meatless Monday, breakfast consisted of an omelet made of 2 eggs, half a plum tomato, half a shallot, and 1/4 cup each of sauteed chard and mustard greens, with about 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic for seasoning.  For my  midday meal, I am planning to make lentil-based veggie burgers (yes, I have my midday meal when other folks have dinner).  For dinner, I am planning to have either some oatmeal, or some cottage cheese with sunflower seeds and chopped tomato and shallot.  In truth, I am still feeling nice and full from breakfast, which is good, because I won’t even be starting my lunch until the roomie gets home from shopping.  I am going to run the recipe for the veggie burgers through the Weight Watchers recipe builder, so I have the correct amount of points per serving, and if it comes out really well, I will post it on Wednesday. (If not, I will keep experimenting.)

Are you interested in learning more about going meatless one day a week to benefit your health, your budget, and the planet?  If so, are you willing to pledge to do so?  Will you check out the Meatless Monday  website?

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