Perhaps you have heard of Meatless Monday. It is an international campaign to encourage people to go meatless on Mondays in the hopes of having an overall positive effect on people and the planet’s health. For various reasons, we go meatless a couple days a week and while there are many positive effects of that choice, my favorite is that those are the days that my fruit and vegetable intake skyrocket and I always feel so much more healthy and conscious of how my decisions impact my wellness.
I have said before on this blog that food is medicine and while I won’t preach about just one way to eat (as I don’t have just one way to eat and certainly don’t know what is best for you given your health and circumstances), I do think that raising our awareness about the way we fuel our body in terms of drinking water, eating foods that make us feel good, getting enough rest, taking any supplements our body might need, etc is really essential in promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. And an overall sense of wellbeing really boosts our self-acceptance because we know that we are doing what we can for where we are right now and that’s pretty awesome.
Today: If your health needs allow you to do so, go meatless. If you aren’t able to go completely meatless, up your fruit and veggie servings to at least 9 (the recommended daily amount). If you need help with recipes, you can certainly check out the Meatless Monday website or even try some of my favorite vegetarian fare like spinach ravioli casserole, black bean and corn tortilla pie, stuffed zucchini, kale avocado carrot salad, and corn blueberry salad (0f note: some of these recipes do have dairy). Make sure that in going meatless you actually up your fruit and veggie intake, too (I mean, because I could go totally go meatless on a diet of Fritos but that wouldn’t necessarily make me feel good inside when I was all done).
1. How did going meatless go? What food choices did you make? What fruits and veggies showed up in your diet?
2. A. How did it feel to go meatless? How did your food choices today make you feel?
B. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, how does going meatless impact your sense of self-care?
3. Could you see yourself going meatless periodically on a regular basis as part of your self-care? Would it work for you in a positive way?
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