News is out and it’s looking like eating less meat is a good idea!
[ If we all pitched in together and consumed less beef and meat in general, we would have a huge impact on our lives and planet ]
The Benefits of Eating Less Meat
The science is finally conclusive – there are significant benefits (not only to your overall health and well-being, but to the environment and perhaps the economy as well) that come from eating less meat on a regular basis.
No, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up meat forever or go vegan or vegetarian. But by giving up a reasonable amount of meat, keeping your meat consumption to only one or two days a week, or really limiting the portions of meat that you consume on a regular basis can transform the way that you look, the way that you feel, and help to lessen some pretty serious negative impacts on our global ecosystem.
Here are some of the benefits of eating less meat more often!
You can actually begin to reverse heart disease
According to the American Medical Journal (and pretty much everyone in the medical community as a whole), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and a lot of heart disease is brought on by a diet that is heavy in meat. Patients that switch over to a more plant focused diet show considerable less amounts of heart disease, but they also show a reversal of heart disease symptoms and root causes at the exact same time.
You can slim down in a hurry
Research report after research report shows that there is a direct correlation between eating a considerable amount of meat every day of the week and obesity, and moving to a more plant focused diet can have you dropping anywhere up to 20 pounds or more of fat in 30 days or less. If you’re looking to lose weight in a hurry, switching to a plant focused diet is the way to go.
You will save a mountain of money
While organic food is always going to be a bit more expensive than processed junk food, the truth of the matter is you’re able to save a mountain of money when you switch from a protein-based diet heavy in beef, pork, and even chicken and instead focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. Not at all impossible to reduce your overall grocery expenditure by 30% or just by making this switch.
You can help to reduce global greenhouse gases
While activists all over the world fight back against fossil fuels and all of the greenhouse gases that they emit, the truth of the matter is the animal agriculture world produces a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry combined – and honestly the figures aren’t even close. The amount of methane alone that animals produce while they are alive in before they have been processed is significant. If enough people cut back on meat the industry will course correct, and fewer animals will be produced as will fewer greenhouse gases.
You can roll back the clock on Father Time
A lot of people that make the switch to a more plant-based diet report feeling higher levels of energy, improved levels of endurance and stamina, as well as a dramatic uptick in strength and overall athletic performance – regardless of their age. Sure, you’ll need to make sure that you are still getting plenty of protein (especially if you are a man), but by moving the majority of your diet to a plant-based eating lifestyle you’re going to be able to look and feel a lot younger while enjoying some other significant performance benefits as well.
You can end a lot of animal cruelty
Animals that are raised and then processed specifically for human consumption, especially those that are raised in “meat farms” with little care to how they live or how they are brought up, are treated very cruelly, processed as nothing more than a commodity, and move from infancy through adulthood and onto the slaughterhouse line in as short a block of time as humanly possible and without moving any more than absolutely necessary.
By switching to a plant-based diet and eating less meat – especially higher and more sustainable and humane sources of meat – you are going to be able to put an end to a lot of the animal cruelty that is happening around the world.
Major farms that produce meat for the commercial operations all over the world provide a terrible existence for the animals that live there, compared to smaller farms that focus on a more organic and holistic approach to raising animals with plenty of room to graze, high quality feed sources, and a humane and sustainable slaughtering technique that never causes any pain or stress.
Obviously, one individual making this kind of shift isn’t going to make the kind of impact that will produce ripple effects throughout the rest of the world. However, if enough of us band together and commit to eat a little bit less meat on a regular basis – without giving it up entirely – we stand the chance at completely transforming our lives and our world for the better.
Are you up for The Eat Less Meat Challenge?