By Matt DeCristo
A few years back, my friends and I decided to test our dietary fortitude and flex our willpower by committing to Meatless March. You may have heard about the challenge, and it’s pretty self-explanatory. Refrain from eating meat of any kind (yes this includes chicken and fish) for 31 days. Meatless March is an exercise in self-discipline, creativity in the kitchen and aisles of the local grocer, and a want for a better you. I’m pleased to say that the three of us were successful in our 31 day purge, and the simplicity and health benefits of a meatless diet were so abundant I took a permanent hiatus from meat 3 years ago.
It was the summer of 2016 when I found myself with a dangerously high cholesterol count after a recent blood work. Being a devout student of exercise and the gym, it was becoming obvious that my daily diet of slop and garbage was wreaking a slow havoc from within the walls of my internal health.
The Meatless March challenge showed me just how easy and fun it was to be a vegetarian, so I was ready to make a lifetime commitment. The results were staggering. In 3 months’ time, I had dropped 15 pounds – and more importantly – 50 points off my cholesterol. I could feel myself having more energy, and less bogged down by indigestible animal fat lounging in my intestines.
So I challenge you. Take the Meatless March challenge, and see for yourself the amazing things that can happen.
Health studies show that the benefits are immeasurable should you refrain from eating meat just one day a week. The tangible ones are obvious; weight loss, lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, like breast cancer and prostate cancer, and obesity. Animal welfare, and the world itself would be if you gave up meat one day a week. A vegetarian diet will instantly improve your digestive tract health, regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation.
You’ll experience more energy, better sleeping habits, and an overall spiritual awakening. A chunk of the world’s C02 emission problems would be solved if we all stopped eating meat tomorrow.
And look at all the cool company you’ll have. Russell Brand. Leo Tolstoy. And even the super-genius himself, Albert Einstein, who once penned “nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
So try it out. Just for the rest of the March. The once a week. Twice a week. See where it leads. Your body will thank you.
Recipe: Chipotle Tofu Tacos
Cubed extra firm tofu
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Your favorite taco shells (soft, crispy, or both!)
Shredded extra sharp cheddar
Organic broccoli sprouts
Frozen organic sweet Corn
Drain tofu. Marinate in Chipotle dressing for 30 minutes.
Boil white rice.
Preheat oven to 350
When rice has boiled, drain and add lime juice. Stir. Add in frozen corn. Apply seasoning. Add marinated tofu to the mix. Stir and reduce heat to simmer.
Place shells in oven and heat according to the method selected.
Spread nonfat Greek yogurt on the shells (this is in lieu of sour cream). Add lettuce, broccoli sprouts, cheese, and any other topping you desire.