I am a meat eating nutritionist and health coach who supports Meat Free Week, an annual event which this year will be run between 23rd to 29th March. Why not you?
Ten reasons why I encourage you to also support Meat Free Week.
- To discover foods that will help you add more fibre to you diet. Too many of us are not including foods rich in fibre.
- Eat more fresh fruit and veg. The statistics for Australians are alarming, 1/10 eats the recommended veg servings and 3-4/10 the recommended fruit servings.
- To add more variety to the food you eat. It is too easy to eat the same things week in and week out. Our bodies need a variety of nutrients that come from a variety of foods.
- Understand there are plant foods also rich in iron. Many of us assume iron and protein equals meat, there are other options e.g. nuts, legumes, grains, vegies like mushrooms and sweet potato.
- Learn more about the nutrients your body needs to optimise its quality of health. We inhabit these amazing bodies every day and we often assume they will continue to work regardless of what we do to them. Chronic poor health can be a result of what you do day-in-day-out, year-in-year-out. It is never too late to change your eating habits.
- Reduce your level of meat intake. Many of us simply eat too much meat. The NHRMC recommends a maximum of 455g of lean red meat per week. Bowel Cancer Australia recommends you limit meat intake to 500g per week.
- To encourage you to understand that living in harmony with our environment is important. I believe we should take to eat only that which we need and put back to nature what it needs to continue to provide for us.
- To help promote the wonderful Farmer’s Markets around your city, where you can buy great fresh farm grown produce.
- To understand it is not just about what you eat that is important, it is about how much you eat, where your food is grown, what you eat it with and the ratio in food groups you include on your plate that will contribute to the quality of your health.
- Finally a reduction in meat eating will help reduce greenhouse gases, so you can help the planet and improve your health.
If you are not sure where to start, aim for a meat serving size equal to the palm of your hand (excluding the fingers) and include one day a week where you eat meat free meals.
Meat Free Week is 23rd to 29th March 2015. For more information on how to join click here – Meat Free Week.
Wishing you good health. Ciao Jan.