Monday is no one’s fave day of the week. I know I hate it, the memory of the weekend fading into the distance as I face another work week. But now there’s a reason to start celebrating the first day of the work week: Meat-Free Mondays!
The advent of forgoing meat on Mondays started in the US as Meatless Mondays by the Monday Campaigns Inc. along with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In the UK and EU, two of my fave veg celebs, Paul & Stella McCartney, continued this trend by launching Meat-Free Mondays. Now the trend is slowing picking up steam here in the States. San Francisco just became the first city in the U.S. to adopt a resolution to promote a veg diet. As Liz Miller writes in VegNews magazine:
“The resolution states that making more meat-free alternatives available will not only improve the health of Bay Area residents, but it will also help save the planet. The initiative began as a grassroots campaign led by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society (SFVS) and animal-rights group In Defense of Animals (IDA). For SFVS President Dixie Mahy, the historic decision by the city council marks the beginning of a much bigger vegetarian revolution.”
I think this is a great way for people of all dietary lifestyles to come together. No one has to label themselves as a vegetarian, vegan or meat-eater; everyone can just join in. As today also marks the Boston Marathon here in my fair city, we can all get inspired and take cues from both San Francisco and marathon runners by embracing a healthier lifestyle and eating more greens. Hmmm…I guess this means I should take my own advice and not eat that fourth chocolate vegan cupcake…
Happy Monday…now go get your veg on!