Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor


Meat Free March!

Are you ready to go meatless for a whole month? The Girls Gone Green, Julie Watkins is encouraging people to get healthy and take the No Meat March challenge during the month of March.

March is National Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than by participating in a community-supported initiative developed to help you feel and look better? No Meat March is a Jacksonville-based campaign presented by Julie Watkins of The Girls Gone Green. It invites those curious about exploring a plant-based diet to sign a pledge and become part of a growing population seeking healthier alternatives to animal protein.

Watkins explains, “We just want you to use the 31 days of going meat-free as a way to explore your body and health. Try giving your body a break from foods high in fat and cholesterol to see if you like the way it makes you feel. We are here to offer support and encouragement.” It’s really not too hard to change some of your meat-eating habits: according to the Self Improvement Mentor, “…complete abstinence of a habit for 21 to 30 days will be enough to break it. So, you don’t have to worry about having to continuously struggle to not indulge in a habit for the rest of your life. After 21 to 30 days, you would have surpassed the required threshold.” Now keep in mind we said habit, not addiction. By day 31 you will feel and look so good you might not want to go back to your old eating habits!

During the month, there will be a number of events and gatherings for participants to get together and enjoy community-related activities. Participants will receive daily emails sharing nutritional information and recipes to support their commitment to NMM. Plenty of resources are available to foster community, allowing participants to communicate, ask questions and get feedback.

The Girls Gone Green is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2007 devoted to environmental, animal and health issues. The goal is improve the quality of our lives by improving the world around us. The GGG brings their important issues to light by producing videos, hosting events, fronting campaigns and staying involved. For more information please visit the No Meat March website here.

Here at Green Living Ideas we’ll be sharing recipes each Meatless Monday from across our Important Media Network to encourage you to try some awesome plant-based meals! Check back each week to celebrate Meatless Monday with a list of recipes to get your through a delicious week of eats! To get you started, check out this great introductory post about how to set up a healthy, meatless pantry. You’ve got one week to make the change! Good luck! 

A note from the Editor: GLI understands that everyone has different feelings about vegetarianism, and while we’re not out to convert you to our meatless ways, we do want to encourage everyone to incorporate more plant-based foods in your diet. By focusing on meatless meals for a whole month, you will likely to find new and awesome meals that will make you want to eat your veggies all year long (whether you keep a bit of meat on the side or not!). xo, andrea

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