Let me start off by saying that I realize eating meat for some is like eating pizza for me, which is to say….an absolute must. But perhaps reading this article and learning more will help you to cut down on how much meat you consume.
What’s in it for me?
This is an obvious question that many of you may have on why you should eat less meat. Below our reasons on how eating less meat could make your life better.
1. Eating less meat will cut the cost of your grocery bill dramatically.
My grocery bill in the beginning of September was $207.00 for a family of four for two weeks. My grocery bill for the last two weeks of September was $179.00. I saved $28.00 by cutting out meat. My husband was furious with me until he saw our savings. Well, he was still upset because the $28.00 to him was better spent on meat. Meat- eating is where my husband and I disagree. Although he may admit I make some valid points, he is a meat-eater by nature.
Nonetheless, by cutting out 6 meals with meat during a two week period and replacing it with beans and grains, my family saved $28.00 and maintained a healthy diet.
2. Eating large amounts of meat can up your chances of heart disease and high blood pressure due to the large amount of saturated fat.
Does this really need more explaining? Nobody wants to deal with these risks. Red meat is specifically linked to certain cancers and heart disease. But forget it, and munch on a pound of bacon (if it’s really worth the heart attack).
3. Eating meat increases your chances of weight gain.
Most meats are high in calories…which as many calorie-counters know can lead to weight gain. A diet full of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and beans (common among vegetarians) typically have less calories and more vitamins.
So, What’s in it for the earth and why should I care?
1. Meat can result in air pollution.
“Eeeeeewww, what’s that smell?” is always what my 4 year old son shrieks when we pass by a cattle farm. The air is literally polluted with the waste that cows and other farm animals produce. The overabundance of animals that are slaughtered to feed the human population is unnecessarily polluting our air. So, if you don’t care about saving the earth, than atleast care about saving yourself the gagging scent of poop.
2. Eating less meat would mean more food for the hungry.
EatingWell Magazine stated that, “20% of the world’s population could be fed with the grain and soybeans used to feed U.S. cattle.” Therefore, just by substituting beans and grains into our diet more frequently than meat- the world as a whole- would benefit by having a more abundant supply of food and resources.
How does eating less meat effect the animals?
Should I even go here? This is my vent (as a vegetarian) as to why you should reconsider meat eating, and please feel free to scroll past (as my husband would) if you are uninterested in the drama of it all.
A large sum of cattle and pigs are raised in cruel conditions where they are injected with antibiotics and hormones, and practically tortured by the horrid conditions in which they live. Many are able to graze, but there are also many which are kept in cages that are too small and too dirty. Now take into mind the state of mind of these animals who live a life for the purpose to die and feed others. Literally, living to die. (Okay, Okay- so maybe this is dramatic and you may say they don’t even ponder their existence- but still). Throughout the stress of injections, poor living conditions and the expectation of their murder, the biochemical reaction of their stress leads to an unhealthy state of mind. We then (you) eat this meat that is full of bad energy and consume the negative emotions of that animal. For me, the thought of this very dramatic yet extremely poignant…for you.. perhaps, you are laughing.
Also, let’s try to remember, You Are What You Eat. I would personally prefer to be a sprouting bean than an enormous cow.