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15 Magnificent reasons to participate in meat free week

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Topical | 4 comments

“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.” – Plutarch

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Just as Earth Hour does not expect you to live by candle light for the rest of your life, Meat Free Week does not aim to turn everybody vegetarian or vegan . It does, however, aim to have meat eaters pause and think for a week about what they are putting in their mouths and, hopefully, make some positive changes at the end of the week. Whether the motivator is for health benefits, concerns about the environment or  despair at the condition which billions of animals farmed for their meat or bodily products world wide are kept in, there are many reasons to give it a go. Here are 15 of them :

1. You can help to raise money for wonderful charities. I will give $5 to Voiceless on behalf of anyone who makes the pledge via a comment at the bottom of this page or via my facebook page. A Voiceless grant enabled Meat Free Week to become a reality a few years ago. I like to think of them as the brain’s trust behind the animal welfare movement in Australia. We need these smart people to fight against travesties such as Ag Gag Legislation. Alternatively, you can raise money yourself by having friends sponsor you via the Meat Free Week page.

2. The animals who’s lives are taken for us to eat will thank you for leaving them off your plate. Particularly the majority of the animals of the world who lead completely wretched lives in factory farms (50 billion !) before their lives are taken.

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 3. You will be in great company. Some famous vegetarians / vegans who I admire are : Actresses Natalie Portman and Abi Cornish, Absolutely Fabulous icon Joanna Lumbley, Game of Throne’s star Peter Dinklage, funny fellas Chris Lilley and Tom Ballard, cricketer Peter Siddle, writer Marieke Hardie, singers Sia and Missy Higgins, Triple J’s Lindsay McDougall, surfer Layne Beachly and journalist Sam de Brito.

4. You will be healthier – which is precisely why Bill Clinton became a (mostly) vegan in 2010. You will reduce your risk of bowel cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and the list goes on. Vegetarians are 12 % less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters and a whopping 45 % less likely to develop cancers of the blood such as leukemia (see more here). As for the common, “where do I get my protein?” query, these sources are good ones.

5. You will be helping the environment. It takes 4800 litres of water to produce 1kg of pork. The U.N. has identified the livestock industry as one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. The intensive farming industry is simply not sustainable. See the Meat Free Week page for more.

6. You will be more svelte. Vegan and vegetarians, on average, weigh less than meat eaters. (And this comes from an independently sourced, unbiased ABC article here).

7. You could shut your eyes and pretend that you are somewhere exotic like…..Palitana in India, the first vegetarian city in the world. Or, one of my favourite places on this planet, Mount Koya-san in Japan where vegetarian food in this Buddhist haven is the only, wonderful, option.

8. You can save some money. Your main staples, lentils, beans and tofu are CHEAP !

9. You will discover some fabulous eateries. For example, in Sydney, yum cha at Bodhi (my favourite), closely followed by Yullis and Nourishing Quarter. Rubyfruit in the Blue Mountains and Sweet Bones Bakery are my favourite “out of Sydney” choices. Melbournians are spoilt for choice with Smith and Daughters at the helm (see great blog Where’s the Beef for more suggestions). I am itching to try the highly rated (number 1 on tripadvisor for restaurants in Launceston!) Garden of Vegan in Launceston later in the year.

10. If you are travelling by plane, you tend to get served first if you order a vegetarian or vegan meal. They are not so mass produced so are generally of a better quality. Just remember to order ahead.

11. You will be able, guiltless-ly, to attend a Morrissey concert. This very passionate vegetarian, bans meat from being sold at the entire venue where he is playing (including the Sydney Opera House for his up and coming shows during the Vivid festival).

12. It’s a small way of saying thanks to the heroic, selfless actions of those around the globe who continuously fight for better conditions for farmed animals (land and sea) – including Animals Australia, Compassion in World Farming, Voiceless, Sea Shepherd, Melbourne and Sydney Pig Save and the brave Toronto Pig Save supporters who stand out in the freakishly cold and hot weather conditions in Toronto, Canada to give a voice to the millions of pigs sent to slaughter there. All of you  lovely people are my heros.

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13. Your repertoire in the kitchen will skyrocket. My favourite go to site is One Green Planet, I have weekly recipes sent out to me by the Humane Society and Sanatarium. Pinterest is choc-a-block with talented bloggers and the like displaying their recipes….my latest “on weekly rotation as they are so outrageously delicious recipes” are this thai green curry (NB vegetarian fish sauce tastes exactly the same as “the real thing”) and this fragrant cambodian noodle salad (where I add silken tofu for more protein). If you prefer your recipes in cookbook form, I highly recommend Simon Bryant’s “Vegies”.

14. You will discover how easy the supermarkets are making it for hard working vegetarians who want some convenience food. Sanitarium, Quorn, Macro and Linda McCartney products (LOVE her sausages) are plentiful and have whole sections devoted to vegetarian / vegan food. A little harder to source but so worth it is my new product discovery – Kinda Bacon. On my lord – coconut pieces which uncannily taste like smoked bacon. A serious taste sensation.

15. You will be a trend setter. Move over you bespectacled, bearded hipsters, vegetarians / vegans are truly the new cool and numbers are on the rise ! Israel is leading the charge with a vegetarian population of 8 % up from 2.6 % 5 years ago.

If any of these reasons have inspired you enough to participate in Meat Free Week, please head on down to the comments section or find me here on facebook to pledge your commitment and my $5 donation on behalf of you will be heading to Voiceless. You’ve got a week to get organised, find some delectable recipes and stock up on all that delicious veggie food out there. And for the flaky almost vegetarians / vegans like myself, I’ll be going completely animal product free for the week – anyone willing to join me on this quest ? Good luck !!

 

 

 

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  1. Life With The Crew

    Well done Ing! What an informative post. Since I’m already a vegetarian, taking the pledge doesn’t really count for me. The Morrissey mention made me laugh – During my teenage years and early vegetarian days, I fell head over heels for a vegan who listened to Morrissey. Your mention just took me back 17 years!

    • Tread Kindly

      Oooh, I too remember those 17 year ago Morrissey days. I still have a few of his songs on my spotify song list. No pledge needed for you – you are one of the “kindest treaders” I know ! x

  2. Stephanie

    Count me in! I will go vegan with you this week. I really loved this articles and all the details you put into it. So fascinating how many facets of life are affected by our food choices. Be well and thank you!

  3. Tread Kindly

    Thanks so much Stephanie – I only just left a comment over on your page, after salivating over the thought of those sweet potato pancakes. Thanks for joining me on the vegan pledge. Will be sending $5 to Voiceless from you x

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