5 Healthy Reasons to Going Meatless

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veggies2 I thought this would be an interesting post to share because since I’ve gone on the meatless track, I’ve noticed that when I tell people I don’t eat meat they give me that weird look.  It’s almost like they’re confused or didn’t hear you correctly.  The usually response from people in my family is something along the lines of – you’re nuts, how could you ever live without steak, or a burger or bacon at breakfast?  But even if some people in my family do think I’m slightly nuts for skipping meat, there are some science-backed benefits for dropping the meat.
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Now, all of you meat-eaters out there, don’t worry, this is not a post on 5 reasons you should become a vegetarian!  You can breathe a sigh of relief that I’m not here to tell you that bacon is evil and you shouldn’t ever eat it again.  I know for some people, like a brother of mine, cannot really survive too long without a strip of bacon or two.  And it’s ok.  I just wanted to share a few healthy benefits that going meat-less can offer – even if you only skip the meat 1 or 2 days a week.  But it’s important to be open about a variety of diets that can offer you many long-lasting health benefits.

  1. More Fruits and Veggies – I know, this one is probably pretty obvious.  But it’s not just about eating fruits and vegetables, its more about what’s IN the fruits and vegetables.  That’s right, vitamins and minerals…and tons of them!
  2. More Fiber – Tons of vitamins and minerals are not the only healthy parts of fruits and veggies.  They’re also filled with fiber.  Great for keeping you feeling great on the “inside” and protecting you from possible GI issues in the future – and that’s always a good thing, right?
  3. Less Cholesterol – do you know where you find cholesterol in foods?  It’s actually only found in animal derived products – so things like meat, cheese, milk, eggs and butter.  Decreased meat usually means decreased cholesterol intake – also a super good thing.
  4. Lower Disease Risk – due to the high vitamin and mineral content plus fiber and decreased cholesterol, many vegetarians have lived slightly longer than their meat-eating counterparts.  High fat, high cholesterol diets can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.  Cutting out meat and meat products may lower your risk for some of these chronic illnesses.
  5. Cost Savings – Have you seen the cost of meat lately?  With grocery prices rising and our wonderful booming economy, meat can get really expensive and unaffordable for some people.  A 32 oz bag of dried beans is like 2 bucks – and that’ll last me for a least a few weeks.  Same great lean protein – just a lot less dollars.

There are, of course, even more great reasons to drop meat every now and again.  Like I said, even 1 or 2 days a week can improve your health and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.  So I encourage you to think about it and maybe try out a vegetarian meal or two.  Check out my recipe page for some great meatless meals and snacks by clicking here.  Or come up with some great new recipes of your own!

You tell me!  Have you thought about giving up meat for a day or two?  What are your favorite vegetarian recipes?

 

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