Last year I took part in ‘No Meat May’. As I have decided to do it again, I thought I would put a blog post together in hope that some of you will join me to make a change.
What is No Meat May?
Pretty self-explanatory I would think (You basically don’t eat meat for the month of May) No Meat May is a campaign and registered charity that challenges people to eliminate meat from their diets for 31 days.
As stated on the No Meat May website, by eating fewer animal products or going meat free you can protect our planet, your health, and save living beings, both human and animal from suffering.
Why am I taking part in it?
I really don’t feel as though I have the voice to speak out about factory farming, or animal cruelty as I still eat meat and eat animal products, like my beloved milk in my coffee, or my love of cheese and I would feel like some sort of hypocrite.
However, I am taking part as I think it is a fantastic cause and if I can save some animals or make a small change for the planet and challenge myself then I think that is me doing better.
I have never been a big meat eater; I get put off by any meat on a bone. Bones freak me out. My in-laws have chickens so I don’t feel comfortable eating what I would call a ‘pet’ it’s my personal choice. I barely eat fish and meat is pretty limited I find when eating out I always tend to choose a vegetarian option anyways, so the ‘no meat’ is the easy part.
As always, I want to challenge myself a little further and have also decided to not eat any animal products for the month of May.
I don’t think this will be too hard as I tend to get vegan, dairy free options when shopping, but it will just be more of a challenge to remember to check ingredients when I am at the super market or when ordering out.
Like I love a vegetarian stir fry with teriyaki sauce and chicken stock, I don’t mean to offend anyone by saying I don’t eat chicken, but I love a good teriyaki sauce with chicken stock.
I am just being honest! I just need to be more mindful over the month of May. But I am only human, and I may make a minor mistake and have a sauce or something with animal product in it.
With so many vegan options out there, I know I shouldn’t fail at this. The ‘hardest’ thing for me will be giving up milk. The last few weeks I have been on a milk binge so guess that will be a challenge. Bring on withdrawals!
I am excited to eat cleaner, try new recipes and make a change. Over the last few months my eating patterns have been a little all over the place and I have been eating more comfort food and bigger portions, so eating more ‘plant-based foods will not only be good for the environment but for my overall health.
I am also loving the support on the No Meat May Facebook group and would love for you to consider joining. IT’S FREE, for more information check out NO MEAT MAY here https://www.nomeatmay.net/
Please note. I was not asked or paid to promote this campaign it’s a cause I choose to take part in.