You don’t need to adopt a meatless diet tomorrow. But it is really important to develop “meat consciousness” and reduce the level of meat in our diets. Keep on reading to find out the best ways to cut down your meat consumption!
Many people are looking to eat less meat these days, whether it’s cutting down significantly on animal-based protein or simply trying to put plants more front-and-center on their plates.
Cutting down on meat not only supports the health of the planet, it is also good for you and your fellow earthlings.
However, we know sometimes it might be hard to cut down your meat consumption, that's why these tips will help you succeed:
1- Join meatless Monday
Meatless Monday is a global movement that encourages people to reduce meat in their diet for their health and the health of the planet.
There’s also a lot of information, recipes, and news related to reducing meat consumption on their website – fill your boots.
Meatless Monday’s simple message to “skip meat once a week” works because it provides a regular cue to take action on Monday, which research shows is the day people are most open to making positive changes.
Tell everyone. Post it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Put a reminder in your diary for every Monday morning. The more people you tell, the more likely you are to follow through on a regular basis and actually eat less meat.
2- Start eating more whole foods
Lot of people that try to eat less meat find themselves feeling hungrier. The high fiber content in these foods help you feel fuller, longer. Try brown rice, or mixing brown rice with your white rice, whole grain pasta, baked potatoes with the skin, whole apples or pears, and even seeds or nuts as snacks.
3- Start considering lentils your new friend
You can start by replacing half of the ground beef or turkey in recipes like lasagna, stuffed peppers, or taco filling with an equal amount of cooked brown or green lentils.
Lentils are maybe the best replacement for meat, especially because lentils are packed with similar nutrients (think protein and iron) and can take on a ton of different flavors.
4- Plan ahead
In the beginning, you can focus on having at least one meat-free dinner every week. As you get used to salad and rice, you can try two days without any meat. Before you know it, you will have a full week of meat-free dinners.
To make your meals both filling and satisfying, make sure to include a source of protein, fiber-rich carbs, and healthy fat.
You can get some inspiration from the thousands of sites, Instagram accounts and youtube videos with vegetarian or vegan content.
5- Start by eliminating all processed meats
If you don't know where to start, eating less processed meats is a great way since these are the worst types of meat for your health.
These are some of the easiest things to switch out for healthier plant-based options that are just as convenient. Veggie hot dogs are now widely available, as are sandwich slices, sausages, ground round, and veggie burgers. You can find these kinds of products in any supermarket.
You will be surprised by their amazing flavor.