There is a major push for people to go vegan and many compelling reasons why we should. Yet, going vegan is just a bridge too far for many people. It would require a major upheaval in lifestyle and effort that many people are not willing to put in.
With that said, you don’t have to go vegan to see many of the same benefits. Just cutting down on meat will bring you instant benefits.
Your health and the environment depend on there being less meat consumed so it pays to at least be more mindful about your consumption.
You don’t have to give up that grilled steak on the weekends, you just have to limit it a bit.
In this article, I will go over the reasons why you should eat less meat for your health and the environment.
You don’t need that much protein
We have long understood that protein is the building block of muscle. So, of course we eat meat to get the protein we need. What we don’t always understand is that protein comes in many forms and not just from meat.
Unless you are a professional athlete you can easily get all of your daily protein needs met in other ways.
Soybean quality has risen over the years so you can now get all of your protein from soy in the form of the bean itself or from tofu or other products made from it. For most people this is enough.
Even professional athletes are vegans and get their protein from vegetable based sources.
Better heart health
When you eat less meat, you end up eating more of other things that are good for you. For instance, if you limit yourself to four ounces of meat in a serving, then your plate will be full with more vegetables.
Eating things like broccoli, leafy greens and sweet potato end up keeping your blood pressure low, your chance of a heart attack is lower and you will have less chance of high cholesterol. High cholesterol blocks arteries and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
You’ll have more energy
Eating meat takes a lot of energy to digest. While you’re digesting, you feel lethargic and sluggish with not much energy. When you fill your belly with vegetables and fruit, your body can digest them much faster and you’ll be back in action much faster.
Living an active lifestyle means that meat should be a luxury that you eat once in a while and not every day and at every meal. And certain foods like spinach, kale and broccoli open up your arteries and help to increase blood flow.
This in turn gives you a lot more energy than before. If you need a boost to get yourself to the gym then more veggies is the answer.
Try it once a week
If you only go without meat once a week it will make a huge difference in your diet, health and in the environment.
Try doing a Meatless Monday once a week and you will start seeing the benefits not long after. Your wallet will also thank you!