Have a Healthy, Sustainable 2012 With Meatless Monday

January 2nd, 2012

With the New Year upon us, now is the perfect time to think about our 2012 goals and begin taking action. Last week we showed you why Meatless Monday is the perfect New Year’s resolution: it’s easy to do, has a weekly reset button and comes with the support of an international movement! Since then, our simple idea has taken off, with a wide array of people and publications using Meatless Monday to boost their health and sustainability goals for the coming year.

Trend experts Marketwire have used consumer research to determine that flexitarian movements like Meatless Monday will be hot for health in 2012. Plenty of people are getting ahead of the trend: Penn State‘s College of Agricultural Sciences recommends making a Meatless Monday resolution to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain forms of cancer and obesity. So too does sustainable food expert and healthy chef Gen Anderson, host of the new PBS series Gen’s Guiltless Gourmet. Anderson notes that Meatless Monday is a budget friendly way to reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. Even international publications like The Montreal Gazette are reporting on going meatless in 2012, sharing our list of celebrity participants and explaining how easy it is to cut back one day a week.

While some are resolving to go Meatless Monday for better health, others are doing it to explore new culinary options! The Organic Authority has committed to another year of fantastic vegetarian and vegan recipes, confirming that Meatless Monday “is just about as awesome a New Year’s Resolution as you could come up with!” The New Canaan Advertiser encourages Connecticans to make a resolution of the edible kind, including Meatless Monday amongst goals like cutting back on sugar and choosing sustainably sourced options.

Not only is Meatless Monday a delicious resolution for better health and expanded palates, it can also do wonders for the environment! The Chicago Tribune marks Meatless Monday as one of 12 ways to go green in 2012, since “livestock production accounts for about 18 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.” The Dallas Observer also encourages readers to join the campaign as a way to explore more local, seasonal foods (which can cut back on transportation and related fossil fuel use).

So start your Meatless Monday resolution today! Take the first step by signing the Meatless Monday pledge. Then pick the perfect recipe to get you started, make new friends on Facebook, sign up for the latest news on Twitter or get your community involved with the help of our action toolkits!