If you’re not familiar with the movement, take a moment to explore it. We are moving in the direction of eliminating meat from our diets, or if nothing else, cutting back on it drastically. But why? It’s not just about waist lines.
The amount of grain it takes to result in an 8oz steak is equivalent to 50 bowls of grain that could feed the hungry. That’s one (big) reason.
The amount of saturated fats in meat that ultimately contributes to heart disease,…that’s another reason.
The decreased chance of cancers …that’s a reason.
The gas emissions that are taxing our environment, from meat production, …yet another reason.
How about the process of how our meat is made. It’s not like back in the day, of how our ads depict “Happy Cows”. Factory farming makes use of cruel practices in which animals suffer for our ten minutes of eating satisfaction. I believe in order to have a sense of peace with ourselves we cannot deny the awareness of what goes into our food. We should be viewing food as something to nourish our bodies, not slowly poison it. And moreover, compassion for animals does bring a sense of peace and responsibility to ourselves.
And of course, the slow digestion process of meat in our bodies. What we ingest through eating processed “food”. Our larger waist lines. Maybe a small reason, but nonetheless.
Have you thought about how much meat you consume? It’s likely to be at least twice a day, when nutritionists recommend less than 3 times a week.
Be mindful this week of how often you eat meat and how you feel.
Join the movement; make Mondays meatless. Give yourself some an honest assessment of how you feel physically, spiritually and mentally after a few weeks. Will you take a chance and look at food through different eyes? Through educated eyes? It’s easy to eat without meat. It’s as simple as rewriting your grocery list.
I heard this recently and couldn’t agree more: “There’s no such thing as junk food. There’s junk, and there’s food.”
How close to real food is it that you’re consuming?