In my last post I talked about how difficult it can be to live a plant-based lifestyle in a meat eating family. I’m so grateful for my own family, who have been incredibly supportive of my decision to be a vegetarian and now a vegan.
And when I say supportive, they’ve taken it all the way: a month of vegetarianism.
We started April 1st. And while I can’t say the family’s diet has gotten healthier as a whole (pasta and pizza without meat), no one has eaten meat.
It might not sound like much. One April with no meat in the house isn’t such a big deal, right?
Wrong. Consider these facts:
- If every four person family skipped the meat and cheese ONE day a week, over the course of a year it would have the climate saving equivalent of taking your car off the road for 5 weeks!
- If each individual cut out 1 burger a week, over the course of a year it would have the climate saving equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
- Cutting out meat 1 day a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 19%.
According to this, our family is going to make a huge difference over the next month (and the meatless Thursdays we’ve established). So many people are trying to help the environment, reduce water usage and save their health. Eating more plants – on any scale – can help with all of those endeavors.
So what can you do?
- Consider a full-time plant-based diet. If you’re not already a vegan/vegetarian, think about it! (I recommend this article.)
- Take the Meatless Monday pledge.
- If you must have meat full-time, buy local. It’s better for you, and better for our world.
Stay happy and healthy!
~Shyla and Fargo