Will you take The Go Veg Pledge?

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Would you consider going vegetarian, even for a month?Do you know what the health benefits of cutting meat out of your diet are?

Some of the health benefits and environmental reasons for people giving up meat are:

-Reduced risk of heart disease, this is because vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels are greatly increased by meat, especially red meat.

- Meat and fish in particular contain harmful carcinogens and heavy metals such as mercury, arsanic, lead and cadmium. These cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat can also be laced with steroids and hormones.

- High meat consumption has been linked to colon, breast, prostate, pancreatic and gastric cancers. One theory, according to non-profit group The Cancer Project, is that foods with high levels of fat artificially boost the hormones that promote cancer.

- Many vegetarians give up meat because of their concern for animals. Ten billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption each year.

- Raising cattle for beef and milk spews more greenhouse gases into the air than all of the cars currently on the road. Eating a plant-based meal for lunch instead of a burger saves 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 133 gallons of water, and 24 square feet of land.

- Research has found that those who ate about 250 grams a day (the size of one half-pound steak) of red meat, poultry, or processed meat gained more weight over five years than those who ate less meat, even if they consumed the same amount of calories overall.

- Vegetarian diets contain much more fiber and colon-cleansing nutrients than meat-eating diets, leading to less constipation, fewer bowel infections, and much lower colon cancer rates.

Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Vincent Van Gogh - what did these outstanding minds have in common? They all chose not to have any meat on their plates.

They lived as vegetarians, a lifestyle choice on the rise as a preferred way of living. Joining this list is Bill Clinton, Orlando Bloom, Christian Bale, Claudia Schiffer, Mike Tyson, Samuel L Jackson, Ellen Degeneres, Stella McCartney and Anne Hathaway.

Our New Zealand list includes Anna Paquin, Gin Wigmore, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, NZ artist Askew One and 95bFM’s Richie Hardcore. They’re making part of a growing group of actors, musicians, artists and sports people switching over and opting for a healthy vegetarian lifestyle.

SAFE, one of our favourite animal rights organisations are running a Go Veg campaign that kicks off on November 1st (World Vegan Day).

The Go Veg pledge has been created to help guide anyone through being a Vegetarian for a 30 day trial. If you have ever thought about going Vegetarian then this is the perfect time to start.

Sign the pledge, and SAFE will send you an e-mail of support and acknowledgement along with a 30 day menu planner to get you underway as well as the opportunity to order a starter kit.

If you would like more information on the Go Veg pledge check out the event page that has been created on Facebook. or look at the SAFE website to read some everyday veg hero stories, you may recognise a few people.

Libby isn't a Vegetarian so has signed up to the 30 day pledge for the month of November.  We will be posting vegetarian meals and snacks to help support you through and if you have any questions of how you can get extra protein, iron etc please just ask.  It is only 30 days, it's not hard to cut meat out, and who knows, at the end of the 30 day challenge you might be feeling mentally and physically better and decide to continue your new found love of legumes and vegetables on.

Will you be joining in the 30 day Go Veg Pledge?

Julia and Libby x