People always ask us if we’re vegetarians. Although many of our days are completely meatless days and some days are vegetarian days (no meat, eggs, dairy), we do eat chicken, fish, eggs and dairy on other days. We’ve been vegetarians at times in our lives, but for now with our lifestyles, the eating style we are following works best for us.
Although lean meat can be very healthy and a great source of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, if consumed in large quantities, it can also be high in fat, raise your cholesterol, and increase your risk of heart disease and obesity. Additionally, there have been reports that eating red meat frequently is associated with higher risk of cancers. This is because animal fat tends to have a higher percentage of saturated fats versus mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats when compared to vegetables.
While we don’t expect going meatless to completely eliminate these risks, giving up meat one day a week and replacing it with healthy grains, fruits and vegetables definitely won’t hurt. Will you give it a try? Check out some recipes to help you to have meatless days.