Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Meatless Monday!

Happy Monday Ithaca College,

From Labor Day to electrical issues at the Business School, we've finally made it to our first full week at school! Before we get too settled into our new routines and agenda, I wanted to suggest a mindful action that the student body could participate in together. The action is called Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday is a global campaign that started in 2003. Since then, it has expanded to over 34 countries and is continuing to grow. The concept is simple: once a week, cut out meat. And what better day than Monday to start off a new routine?

Why participate in Meatless Monday? It's shocking to learn about the benefits that can come from cutting down meat consumption. Meatless Monday can improve several aspects of life, ranging from our health, our planet, to our budget. This blog will highlight one benefit each week in our Monday posts. Be sure to check back every Monday to learn more.

To kick off this week I would like to encourage my fellow Ithaca College students to make a small change that will have a long term impact. Each Monday, try to select the entrees in the dining hall that are meat free. Some students are wary of this task, for many reasons. You may be afraid that there are not enough options. Or maybe you feel that you won't be satisfied from a meat free meal. However, from participating in Meatless Monday for two years now, I have some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

You may even be eating more meatless meals than you think! For instance, today at Terrace Dining Hall, Food lab is featuring a Caprese Panini with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, basil and pesto. The hot line served black bean chilaquiles. Some days, you may have a pasta dish or a casserole that is meat free. It is a lot easier to eat meat free than you think. Especially with the large amount of variety and options at our dining halls.

Give Meatless Monday's a chance. Motivate yourself to live a healthier lifestyle by making one simple change. And check back here every Monday for more encouragement and advice. Happy Meatless Monday!

- Jaclyn

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