Meatless Mondays

Vegetarianism may not be for everyone, but there's no rule that says you have to be 100% in or out. If everyone picked at least one day a week to skip meat in their diet, there would be enormous benefits in both health and the environment.

Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke—Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease. 

Limit Cancer Risk—There is convincing evidence that red meat and processed meat consumption increases the risk of colorectal cancer, among others.

Fight Diabetes—Reduced processed meat consumption can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and help maintain healthy weight.

Curb Obesity—Several large studies in Europe and the United States have demonstrated that people on plant-based, vegetarian diets tend to have a significantly lower body weight and body mass index (BMI). Fiber contributes to fullness, resulting in lower calorie intake and less overeating.

Live Longer—Evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and a limited amount of red meat can increase longevity, whereas red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint—Minimize water usage, reduce greenhouse gases and fuel dependence. Meat production requires hundreds of times more water than vegetables and grains, and produces much more carbon dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide.

Find out more at http://www.meatlessmonday.com/.

Tony has been a runner for over three decades, competing in cross country and track in high school and college, and road races for various clubs. He's served as team captain for several Corporate Challenge teams at YMCA of the USA, and has informally coached many friends over the years.

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