Why you should try being Vegetarian for a Day (and How to Start)

sauteed kale with cranberries and pine nuts
sauteed kale with cranberries and pine nuts

The recent news that more than 150,000 pounds of ground beef was being recalled by the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service due to E. coli concerns gave pause to even the staunches carnivore. Suddenly, no one was chuckling about their vegan co-worker or vegetarian friend or family member.

Suddenly, the vegetable aisle in your local grocery was looking a bit more inviting.

Few people (if any) gave up red meat for good after the headline-making recall, but many were at least considering altering their lifestyle to include more vegetarian options.

The health benefits are widely known (even if ignore while we enjoy our burgers and ribs). Vegetables are lower in fats and higher in nutrients, so vegetarians tend to have a lower risk of just about every kind of disease – including cancer, diabetes, heart/cardiovascular…need I go on? – than anyone who consumes animal-based food.

Mostly, hard-core carnivores simply can’t wrap their heads around giving up their beloved meats. It’s just a super-sized psychological hurdle most simply cannot climb.

Well, here’s an idea: Go vegetarian for just a day, for starters. Just one day.

Do that, say, every two weeks. Then after a month or two, try having a “Veggie Day” once a week.

That’ll make you more comfortable with the veggie lifestyle, and help you get more creative with your eating so you don’t bore yourself back to beef. It may actually help you begin to make better choices on your “non-Veggie Days.”

Before long, who knows…? Okay, whoa, I know. For now let’s just try an occasional “Veggie Day.”

The good folks at MindBodyGreen.com have offered a great start, what a day of veggie-eating may look like. It starts with a Coconut-Almond Green Smoothie, offers a granola bar snack, fills lunch with a kale salad and ends the day hearty -looking Roasted Sweet Potato Avocado Bowl.

All the recipes are included.

Looks like a tasty day to me. Why not join me in trying it?

It’s a start. A very healthy start.


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