For the record. When I say I’d like you to eat less meat, what I really mean is that I want to quit eating meat entirely.
But, since Sporty and I didn’t become vegan overnight, I can hardly expect you to, can I?
Especially when you consider that for many humans, meat takes centerstage at almost every meal.
We’re talking bacon for breakfast, chicken for lunch and steak for dinner. Eat less meat? Why don’t I tell you to live on light and be done with it?
Look, like most people, I’m sure you get that eating a plant-based diet is better for the environment. But as we all know, the chasm between knowledge and action is enormous.
It also grows or shrinks depending on where you live. Take South Africa, for example, here meat isn’t just something we eat, it’s woven into the fabric of our culture.
When you grow up eating meat, eggs and dairy, it can be hard to give those things up. Black coffee is underwhelming, toast without scrambled eggs is toast and how are you supposed to survive without grilled cheese?
The good news is, we’re no longer living in the dark old days when tofu and soy milk were the only things available to spice up a vegan’s diet.
Nowadays, there are plant-based alternatives for pretty much everything. And I’m not talking about yucky tasting alternatives, either.
The options available are super tasty. So much so you’ll often have a hard time distinguishing them from their omnivorous counterparts.
I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, let’s just focus on eating less meat.
Sign up for the No Meat May Campaign
If you’ve been toying with the idea of switching to a plant-based diet, but haven’t been able to wrap your head around the idea of never eating another cheeseburger ever, the No Meat May campaign is the perfect way to dip a toe in the water.
Yup, I know we’re well into the second week of the month. Sign up anyway.
When you sign up, you can decide if your goal for the month is to only give up meat or to give up all animal products. It’s up to you.
You’ll get access to free recipes, cooking demos, nutritional information and support. Whether your aim to eat less meat or no meat at all, give No Meat May a try. You never know, you may even fall in love with tofu.
Stranger things have happened.
Even if you don’t (it took us ages to make friends with tofu), you’ll learn a bunch of stuff about food, such as how it gets to your plate, what’s nutritious and what isn’t, and how to prepare meals that are both tasty and good for you.
Fight Climate Change With Diet Change
Along with encouraging people to eat fewer animal products, the campaign also aims to raise awareness around the key issues affecting our planet. We are all responsible for the habitat we live in. By changing our diet, we can change the course of history.
1. Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering.
2. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
3. People under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes.
4. Factory farming is the number one cause of animal cruelty.
5. Humane meat is a contradiction in terms.
6. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
7. For every pound of fish caught, five pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
8. Animal agriculture increases acid rain.
9. Most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us, can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
10. Eating organic meat will not help you avoid contaminants.
11. In 2018, more than 70 billion animals were killed for meat production. That same year, humans numbered 7,594 billion.
Resources to Keep You on Track During Meat Free May (And Beyond)
We’ve all been there. Something gets you all fired up and raring to go, and then a day or two later you’re flailing. Inspiration is a wonderful thing, but you also need the motivation to keep going when things get tough.
If you feel yourself flagging, these talks, movies, and books will help you remember why you’re trying to cut back on (or cut out) meat and animal products.
- 30-Day Meatless May Challenge by Eating Well
- The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner
- The Happy Pear by Stephen and David Flynn
- How Eating Plants Changed My Life by Nimai Delgado, Pro Body Builder
- The Secrets of Food Marketing by Kate Cooper
- Be a Bad Vegan by Andy Shovel and Pete Sharman
- Cowspiracy by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
- What The Health by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
- The Secret Reason We Eat Meat by Dr Melanie Joy [animated]
- 8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Dr Andrew Weil
- The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
- Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter and Caprice Crane
Eliminating animal products from your diet benefits you, the planet and of course, the animals. Don’t worry that May has already started. Sign up anyway. There’s nothing stopping you from continuing the challenge in June.
Let’s say sayonara to animal agriculture and hello to a kinder, gentler, more sustainable way of life. Piggy says please and thank you.