Monday July 23, 2012 By: Denise K. Livotti, www.PetitsChefsAcademy.com
The cooking school for kids and families, Petits Chefs Academy, has decided to go meatless on Mondays. Throughout our summer cooking camp we will modify all our recipes on Monday that have meat and swap it out for an increased amount of veggies and fruit. We already tend not to cook with too much meat, avoiding pork completely, however, we’ll be making extra effort that on the first day of the week we absolutely have no meat in our Menu Plan. No, we are not vegetarians trying to convert your children. We just feel that it does a body good as well as the planet to reduce our consumption of meat even for only one day of the week. I’m sure we can all handle that.
Not only are we reducing our carbon footprint by not eating meat on Mondays but we’re helping our bodies cleanse toxins and chemicals that we ingest when eating meat. Especially throughout these beautiful summer weekends I’m sure we’ve all had a few too many BBQ’s with more to come. We feel it is wise to go meatless on Mondays to give the body some time to recoup from the over indulgence of a high protein diet over the weekend. With no meat for a day you’ll find yourself naturally increasing your vegetable and fruit intake, a great way to cleanse and eliminate.
Drink plenty of water this will also help flush the system. That does not mean to overload on carbohydrates either, to fill you up, keep it to your normal intake of carbohydrates which should be no more then 180-230 grams per day which is ¾ cup to 1 cup of pasta, bread or rice. Remember the amount of any food per day is subjective to age, health conditions and physical activity. However, do not eat white bread, white pasta, white potatoes, or white rice. These foods are VERY high glycemic and will spike your blood sugar, which will make you hungry again much quicker. Add fiber to your diet (which you will automatically do if you switch to whole grain carbs) and eat 5-6 small “meals” during the day instead of 3 big meals.
A diet high in red and processed meats is linked to many chronic and life threatening diseases, one such being prostate cancer, “New research demonstrates that increased consumption of ground beef or processed meat is positively associated with aggressive prostate cancer” Prostate cancer risk linked to a diet high in red and processed meats, JOHN PHILLIP. This is not to scare all the meat loving people out their but something needs to be said about eating an animal that is bigger than you so much, so often.
“There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years.” Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat, JANE E. BRODY. So you can only imagine what it is doing to our waste line, our health and our planet.
We need more terrain where cattle grazes depleting land and water, more animal waste in return dumped into our waterways and landfills contaminating the soil and killing the biodiversity of an area. More farmers and barns, so to house these beasts and in these barns infested with rodents, bacteria and things that go thump in the night. So to me it is not too appealing the amount of meat we are eating.
Meatless Mondays is just a small change with big impact. Small changes throughout your day, weeks and months add up and they’ll improve your health and help the planet.
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