It is no longer simply a Tuesday or a Saturday anymore. Those days have gone with your prized cassette player and bootcut jeans. It’s either ‘Throwback Thursday’ with your sister tagging you in a picture from when you had no teeth and a monobrow, ‘Wine Day’, with your pals are dragging you to the pub as soon as 6pm arrives or Valentines Day where you have zero cards and zero self-esteem.
Why are we so obsessed with making every day, a day?
As Jim Henson, (brains behind the Muppets) said, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them.’
Our chances of becoming Prime Minister is slim to none (as we are so busy Glos-Show-ing and what not) so what the heck, let’s join them!
With Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) officially here, let’s divulge into Meat-Free Monday. What exactly is it? How we get involved? Here is what we found out.
What is it?
Meat-Free Monday is what it says on the tin. As soon as Monday arrives you, you eat absolutely no meat, opting for veggies, good fats and meat substitutes, and as soon as Tuesday arrives, you may have a bacon sarnie for breakfast if you may. Go wild.
The idea however, is to be mindful of what you are eating and to help slow climate change, preserve natural resources and to improve our health.
The organisation claims that being meat-free for just one day a week has a huge positive impact on our planet.
Who started it?
Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009. Yes Sir Paul McCartney. The bass player from the Beatles and possibly the greatest musician of all time . Here is the 73 year old rapping about Meat-Free Mondays if you have 51 seconds to kill.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved simply by giving up meat for one day a week, it’s that easy. If you feel strongly about vegetarianism helping the environment, then show you support by joining the official page, where a mighty 849,059 of you are already a part of. Also, uploading pictures of your veggie meal to social media sites with the #meatfreemonday, can also help raise awareness of the cause and also get all your pals/fans involved.
Right, so I want to start Meat-Free Mondays, what do I eat?
Just because there is no meat, doesn’t mean you have to live on cucumber sticks and humous. Here is some fabulous veggie-inspo, curtsey of Instagram.
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By Aimee Jakes