Meatless Mondays Are Coming To A Dinner Table Near You

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays yet? Everyone is talking about it and I am so glad they are! Meatless Mondays is the idea that every Monday, nationwide, Americans are asked to choose vegetarian options for their meals and snacks. I became a vegetarian the minute I walked out of the movie "Food, Inc"... Although I do believe that lean protein meat options exist, I was bothered by the treatment of animals and given that I have 6 animals of my own, including goats and a pig, I thought I’d try going vegetarian. My husband and I are going on 17 months now without meat and we love it. We’ve been able to eat good food that is cost effective and nutrient dense and we haven’t become deficient on any animal-dependant vitamins and minerals like iron or B12 (we still eat dairy and eggs).

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays yet? Everyone is talking about it and I am so glad they are! Meatless Mondays is the idea that every Monday, nationwide, Americans are asked to choose vegetarian options for their meals and snacks. I became a vegetarian the minute I walked out of the movie "Food, Inc"...  Although I do believe that lean protein meat options exist, I was bothered by the treatment of animals and given that I have 6 animals of my own, including goats and a pig, I thought I’d try going vegetarian. My husband and I are going on 17 months now without meat and we love it. We’ve been able to eat good food that is cost effective and nutrient dense and we haven’t become deficient on any animal-dependant vitamins and minerals like iron or B12 (we still eat dairy and eggs).

My life is devoted to getting the most nutritional bang for my buck -- it’s my job so it comes naturally to me. The problem occurs when someone chooses to become vegetarian, but doesn’t know how to do it. The body needs complete protein, iron, niacin, B12, etc in order to function properly. If you’re participating in Meatless Mondays, I applaud you; but I also highly suggest that you do your research on the healthiest ways to be vegetarian. Talk to a registered dietitian or visit the American Dietetic Association’s website to find more information on a vegetarian diet (you can also find dietitians in your area on the site as well). Above all, always chose nutrient dense foods that fuel your mind, body, taste buds and soul!


4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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