If It's Monday It's Meatless

I've noticed a lot of buzz about Meatless Mondays on Twitter so I had to check it out. Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages the public to cut out meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. By going meatless on Monday we cut our meat consumption by 15%. Plus studies suggest that if we start good habits on Mondays we are most likely to continue with them throughout the week. Celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow are also supporters of the campaign.

Additional reasons to try Monday sans Meat per their Website:

  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Helps to maintain healthy weight
  • Reduces carbon foot print
  • Minimizes water usage
  • Reduces fossil fuel dependence
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Personally, I look at it as one day I can up my intake of veggies and nutrient dense food. So what does Meatless Monday mean for folks with food allergies? Don't we have enough trouble? Dairy-free folks can easily go vegan one day of the week, since they almost are. Those with wheat/gluten allergies might like to try a lasagna completely layered with veggies and no noodles. If you are allergic to soy try raw food cuisine or maybe a lentil stew.
If cooking isn't your thing Chicago has many meatless restaurants such as:
  • The Chicago Dinner, 3411 N. Halsted - raw or cooked vegetarian and vegan cuisine
  • Cousins Incredible Vitality, 3038 W. Irving Park - raw vegan, mostly Mediterranean
  • Blind Faith Cafe, 525 West Dempster in Evanston. I like their macrobiotic plate, you get your money's worth as it has lots of food.
  • Karyn's Raw on 1901 N. Halsted, Cooked on 738 N. Wells and the brand new Karyn's on Green at 130 S. Green.
  • Handlebar on  2311 W. North Avenue has a late night kitchen with vegan and vegetarian fare
  • Ear Wax in Wicker Park, 1561 N. Milwaukee, has lots of vegetarian options
I haven't even mentioned all the Indian, Persian and Turkish restaurants that have vegetarian food every day of the week. If you prefer to stay in, I can suggest some great sites that have lots of meatless recipes.

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  • I have read so much about Meatless Monday too and would love to try it in our home! I don't know that I can talk my husband into it though but maybe if I use some sort of vegan meat substitute. Our son has had food allergies/sensitivities and terrible Eczema since he was a baby and is now soooo much better from taking his Belly Boost probiotics! It has been amazing and he can now eat so many more foods! But the one thing that this has really helped us with is learning about food ingredients and how to eat healthy! Thanks for the links you gave :) I have a mom blog on green, natural and allergy free living at smilinggreenmom.com with lots of ideas, tips and recipes if any one would like to visit for fun or to learn more about what has helped our son!

  • In reply to smilinggreenmom:

    smillinggreenmom, I'm glad your son is doing better. My naturopath has me on industrial strength probiotics so I can relate. I will definitely check out your blog. I'm always open to learning more, especially how moms cope and manage their time while taking care of their kids with food allergies and whatnot. Thank you!

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