Should we all be Vegetarian?

Meat. A lot of us eat it. A lot of us like it. Really we should be eating less of it though. Why you ask? Are you serious? Sorry but Yes.

Although meat itself is not bad, eating too much of it is not good. It contain saturated fat which can contribute to heart disease. In fact people eating a plant based diet have a 20% lower incidence of heart disease and a lower risk of diabetes.

However the other big issue for me is the environment. We are going to run out of land to graze animals on and there is not enough meat to go around if we continue to eat it at our current rate. Eating less meat will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Currently in the UK we eat TOO MUCH meat, fat and sugar and TOO LITTLE fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.

Now I’m not advocating that we should all go vegetarian, but I am suggested we all try to reduce the amount of meat we eat in a week. Try more meat free days. There are plenty of yummy vegetarian recipes to try out, let’s help the environment, help our health and broaden our horizons.

Plant based proteins include beans, pulses and legumes (chickpeas, lentils and any form of bean – kidney, cannelini, black eyed, mung and even baked beans), soya, quorn, cheese and tofu, nuts and seeds.

How to eat more plants:

Aim for 2/3 of your plate to be veggies and wholegrains, with just 1/3 being meat.

Make some plant food swaps in your usual dishes, so try quorn mince instead of beef or tofu in a stirfry.

Halve the amount of meat you use in dishes and add pulses instead, this works well with casseroles for example.

Try vegetable rissotos, vegetable and bean bakes, veggie pastas and vegetable lasagne. The possibilities are endless.

So I challenge you to have 2-3 meat free days a week. I’ll be putting up some pictures of our meat free meals, I’d love you to share your pictures and journey with me too, comment below or tweet me.

4 thoughts on “Should we all be Vegetarian?”

  1. Well, you’d be pleased with our rice and bean affair last night. ‘Twas tasty too.
    1 red pepper, 1 onion, 1 clove garlic, all softened, 1 small punnet of cherry toms (they were on offer), one tin of kidney beans, toasted and ground cumin with paprika, a little salt and pepper and all stirred into long grain rice. Nom.

  2. Interesting post. I do think it is important though to stress the latest research which has distinguished between meat and processed meat. Meat, per se, is NOT bad for you and does NOT increase your risk of heart disease etc – it is processed meat that does! (see studies such as http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2010-releases/processed-meats-unprocessed-heart-disease-diabetes.html). I think the underlying principles should be about moving back to natural food, fresh, unprocessed, not genetically modified. Once you start doing that you naturally eat more fruit and veg, less grains, less refined sugars, and remove processed meat (the real killer) from your diet. If you focus on eating better quality meat – naturally fed, free range, no chemicals in their diets etc – then the only restriction on the amount is how much you can afford!

    1. I agree Annie, natural home cooked, fresh food is always the best way forward. Growing your own veg is a great way to save pennies, as is eating seasonally and eating some types of fish and meat that aren’t as popular/trendy. Thankyou for reading!

  3. I have reduced my meat intake by 99% and do not miss it at all! I love sainsburys own meatfree “meatballs” and I cannot tell the difference. My children are embracing it too to help mummy eat her low fat diet!

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