As an environmentally conscious company, we are always looking for ways to be more efficient and reduce our own carbon footprint. One such initiative we feel strongly about is Meatless Mondays – the global campaign to make the world more sustainable by reducing our consumption of meat by 15{b1da7b99541ebbb1b468568a89fdf39a564a072ba2ffe4c8e72d8f87e3657453} – just 1 day per week.

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Cutting meat just one day per week can have a huge benefit on your health. It can help reduce heart disease and stroke, limit cancer risk, fight diabetes, curb obesity, help you live longer, and even improve the nutritional quality of your diet. Not only is it great for your own personal health, but it’s also beneficial to the health of the planet. Cutting out meat one day a week would help minimize water usage, reduce greenhouse gases, and reduce fuel dependence. For more detailed information and figures, click here.

In a recent report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), they asked Americans, “to make health a national priority, and for organizations, private business, and communities to work together to create a “culture of health” in which healthy lifestyle choices are easy, accessible, and affordable.” (1) The report found that we are under-consuming key food groups such as vegetables and also noted that there is evidence citing that a “higher intake of red and processed meats was identified as detrimental compared to lower intake.” (1) Many of these findings would support a Meatless Monday initiative. To read the full report from the DGAC, click here.

Learn more about the benefits of cutting meat out once a week by watching this video about Meatless Mondays.


(video courtesy of http://www.mondaycampaigns.org/)

DirectNET and Meatless Mondays

Since 2010 DirectNET has been actively promoting Meatless Mondays through our websites. Additionally we offer free, meatless lunches for all our employees and we actively promote Meatless Mondays to the millions of IT Professionals who visited our company websites. With their technical knowledge and talents we are hoping this will have a very positive domino effect as they use their technical gifts to inform and educate others about the importance of adopting Meatless Mondays.

The Meatless Monday meals we have been ordering are 100{b1da7b99541ebbb1b468568a89fdf39a564a072ba2ffe4c8e72d8f87e3657453} free of any animal products. Each week we order meatless meals from local restaurants. Some chain restaurants like Native FoodsNoodles and Company and Chipotle Mexican Grill clearly market their vegetarian/vegan options, other restaurants are happy to oblige a meatless request and can easily modify their dishes to accommodate – especially if you give them a day or two notice in advance. It also helps to have a palate that is open to the wonderful international options we have available to us. The dishes we have ordered for our Meatless Mondays and company sponsored events have included dishes from local Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern restaurants. In addition to our Meatless Mondays efforts, any food served at all our company sponsored events is also meatless and vegan.

Going Meatless one day per week is easy! It’s good for the environment and for the health of you and your family. We encourage you to consider going meatless one day per week, and sharing this info with your company or organization as well as your vendors, customers, and your friends and family.

To learn more about Meatless Mondays and the movement, visit The Humane Society’s site and MeatlessMonday.org.

References

“Dietary Advisory Committee Releases Controversial Report.” Meatless Monday. 2 March 2015. http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/dietary-advisory-committee-releases-controversial-report/. 4 March 2015 Accessed.