Meatless Monday Inspiration: The GOOD 30-Day Vegetarian Challenge

Our friends at GOOD (meet them above—we dare you to not be charmed!) have launched a new 30-day challenge for the month of June: go vegetarian, vegan, or just cut back on meat in a way that feels right to you. From their post:

It’s fast becoming a well-known fact that eating less meat is good for the earth. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that “in terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, [people eating less meat] clearly is the most attractive” way to fight climate change.

He makes a strong point. And if our vegan challenge was a tad too hardcore for your tastes, we encourage you to get with the GOOD program instead.

What does your version of vegetarian look like? Could you cut out a few meat meals a week? Go vegan until six, as Mark Bittman does? Or maybe you’re ready to go all the way…

8 Responses to “Meatless Monday Inspiration: The GOOD 30-Day Vegetarian Challenge”
  1. Alyssa M says:

    This is great. I think it is really good to encourage people to eat less meat – I know that I feel better when I do. Lately I try to eat ethically sourced and organic stuff – it’s just way yummier, and there is cool local meat like bison and elk that way! I had no idea all the local, organic, ethically raised stuff that was in my area, and I’m not even in a super big city. I suggest people try eating more locally if they do continue to eat meat, because it is delicious and you can feel better knowing your food had a happy home!

  2. Aster says:

    It’s nice to see vegetarianism and veganism get so noticed and promoted in the US. There’s not much of that going on in the EU, at least, not much that I know of or find very inspiring.

    It would be wonderful if it’d encourage people to do some research into animal welfare/rights and just food in general. As with your book and blog: if you have the information you can decide what works for you. Informed personal choices and exploration, regardless of the outcome, are the only way to go, and it would be lovely to see some people realize how nourishing, both physical and more on a spiritual side, a vegetarian or vegan diet can be.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’m already vegan so it works for me! I know that veganism/vegetarianism isn’t right for everyone, but I encourage people to give it a try and see how they feel. The worst that can happen is that you’ll be pushed to discover some really great ways to eat plants, which you can keep in your diet even if you go back to eating meat. A simple grilling of veggies with olive oil and sea salt is amazing. For the more adventurous try out some websites like I think the 30 day thing is a great idea – it takes a little while to start to see how a change in the way you eat will change how your body feels. But it’s not a super long commitment either. And summer is great time to do this – Farmer’s Markets are so awesome right now!

  4. Reema says:

    Excellent! I think its important to understand that eating meat isn’t absolutely necessary to stay healthy or fit and all that you get out of meat can easily be replaced by fresh veggies and its better for you any day. People have to start thinking and doing it so that we do something for the animals as well other than just the environment. I turned vegetarian when I was 13 because it just felt wrong killing another creature to feed myself and I quit. Stopped eating eggs as well which has worked just fine. When you know that a knife can cause a whole lot of pain when used on your skin, it would probably feel the same on an animal.They just don’t have a choice.

    Kudos to all who join the campaign and its a teeny tiny step to know that you’ll feel active, fit and the weight you’ve wanted to lose for so long has kinda already vanished.

    Its great to go veg! Best of Luck.. :)

  5. Tosha Arnout says:

    I have gone without meat for 30 days and it didn’t work that great for me. I am type O blood so I don’t get a lot of protein from plant sources. I also found out recently that I have low blood sugar and need protein in my system constantly. I do think it is a great idea though for people who do good without meat because most likely they will end up eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And luckily I can get organic meat locally because eating non-organic is kind of scary.

  6. Rebecca says:

    @Tosha, certainly you should trust your body if it tells you that you should eat meat. I know that the blood type diet thing is an idea out there but I do not buy that at all. I never did buy it as a scientist who teaches human biology, and as type O vegan myself, I can say I do much better without meat at this point in my life. During my pregnancy and the nursing years I needed meat. I think general health, age, hormonal state, etc. all play a role in whether a person does well vegan or not.

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