The vegetarian diet
why eating less or no meat is the best thing you can do for the planet and yourself.
whAT'S THE POINT OF AVOIDING MEAT?
Read on and learn why eating more veggies and less meat is great for your health, your wallet and the environment. It might even be great for your Instagram feed…
why avoiding meat helps the environment.
The world we live in is made up of a delicate balance of land and ocean. In fact, 72% of the earth is covered in water.
Although the planet’s climate has gone through peaks and troughs throughout history, the past 35 years of global warming have shown devastating changes, all linked to human activity. Harmful greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane have risen to dangerous heights, and these gasses are causing temperatures to rise on land and sea. The heating of the sea is causing huge amounts of ice to melt in the colder regions which makes sea levels rise too. This has a knock-on effect to our weather and climates – this means more storms, floods and droughts.
One of the major reasons for this is animal agriculture, with industrial raising of cows, pigs and sheep. Methane gas, which comes from animal manure, is 23 times as powerful as a green house gas as carbon dioxide, causing a rapid rise in temperature leading to further climate breakdown. People talk about the need to reduce their carbon footprint, and taking the bicycle instead of the car. In reality, we should be twenty-three times as concerned about reducing our methane footprint.
Becoming vegetarian or flexitarian will lower the amount of greenhouse gases you produce, quicker than taking switching to a fuel efficient car or truck, and certainly cheaper than buying a Tesla. It works simply by lowering demand for animal products which means that less animals are being raised and less methane is being released into the air.
Look at that, one simple step and you are already helping the environment in a profound way!
As well as helping the environment, eating vegetarian is great for you!
Did you know that many animals are given antibiotics and hormones? Unless it’s free range naturally grown animals, meat usually contain medicine and hormones that are suspected of a causing a wealth of health problems.
To avoid this, a vegetarian diet provides an answer. Eating plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, which are full of nutrients and vitamins, is known to reduce obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and can even help to prevent certain types of cancer.
In addition, many of these foods are also really tasty. Simple and easy ingredients can be put together to form dishes that are more than just cooked vegetables.
Is it surprising that going veggie is also good for your wallet?
Vegetables can be found year-round at local markets and often have more variety than meat options making veggies easier to buy for use in a dish.
In addition, most meat is more expensive than vegetables, so many people will choose a vegetarian diet for its wide range of inexpensive products available. A larger amount of choices lets you be more creative in the recipe while eating cheaply and well. People who like the frugal simple living principles love this.
Many people feel that eating healthy costs more than meat, but in truth, most vegetarian foods such as dried beans, oats, and bananas are very inexpensive. Does your wallet feel heavier already from all of the money you are saving?
Spreading the word
Share how you became healthier and happier by one simple change
Just as you look up to some people, there are people who look up to you and are interested in the way you live your life and the choices you make.
When you browse Instagram #vegan or #vegetarian you come across stunning pictures of delicious vegetarian meals, full of health goodness, that are as satisfying to the eye as the stomach.
Trying out new vegetables, being creative with an old family recipe, or just following one of our quick recipes are all awesome ways to make a dish worthy of your latest influential posting on your favourite social media site.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with, and if going full vegetarian isn’t for you, try to check out the flexitarian diet, as even eating a little less meat is a win for you and our planet.