Meatless Mondays? Why would you want to cut meat out of your diet any day of the week, especially on a notoriously bad day, like Monday? I recently went on a trip to Washington D.C. with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. You may ask why corn growers care about meat, but actually the livestock industry is essential to the corn industry since it is one of the corn industry’s major consumers! During the trip to D.C. I had the opportunity to attend a meeting with the Animal Agriculture Alliance. This organization’s goal is to share information about the animal agriculture industry with the public, including information about the recent Meatless Monday movement.
Meatless Monday is a campaign that pushes, you guessed it, not eating meat on Mondays. Yes, sometimes even I, a meat lover, do enjoy a meal that does not include meat. However, devoting an entire day to depriving your body of a healthy food that gives you necessary protein and other vitamins and minerals only hurts you as the consumer.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance produces educational materials that share the importance of animal agricultural products to your diet. For example, in their Meatless Monday materials, they have gathered insights from health publications that recognize the importance of meat and other animal products to a healthy diet.
“Beef. It’s the perfect muscle food because it’s packed with protein and creatine – both build muscle, which basically acts like bubble wrap around tendons and joints,” Women’s Health Magazine. Even Glamour Magazine, a fashion publication that is popular among younger females, weighed in on the importance of agricultural products, “Cow’s milk is still the expert fave. It’s the quickest, easiest way to get calcium, Vitamin D and protein.”
As a former volleyball and basketball player and active runner, I can tell when my body needs more energy. This is when I turn to animal agriculture for the boost I need to stay competitive. Without meat or milk, my body would not be strong and I wouldn’t be able to stay active. Why would you want to hinder your performance by not giving your body what it needs, especially on a Monday?
Learn more about the Animal Agriculture Alliance here.