I’ve been wrestling with my meat eating tendencies for a while now, especially after my education into what Halal meat is and my now avoidance of it at any given time, even to the point that I no longer order meat dishes from my favourite Indian take-a-ways since discovering that they now use Halal meat, believe me that was a hard disappointment to deal with! I have not gone about writing a letter of complaint or made any kind of fuss about this discovery, I exercise my choice, and my choice is non Halal, Yes I still order from them but non meat dishes is my way of a simple non violent way of not being part of it
What bothers me even before the Halal discovery is the pure wastage of meat, to me that is the most sinful waste we as humans will ever be guilty of, that is why I love stews, every bit of nutrient is captured in that beautiful mouth watering meal, and you are left literally with all the goodness and the only real wastage is bones, that is where the “pick the bones out of it” saying comes from
As someone who continuously educates myself in nutrition, I do understand the biological importance of meat, and when I say meat I do mean fish as well, but I seen this #MeatFreeMonday come up on Twitter and immediately seemed a great way to settle my growing concience
So the big thing with meat free Monday is exactly what it says, I will spend every Monday not eating any meat, and this brought up an interesting factor of thought! How do I replace my protein source and what will my daily meal plan look like? and then all of a sudden I get to discover all the alternatives, one of which are “Black Turtle Beans” commonly known as black beans, they are a variety of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Like all common beans, black beans are loaded with protein, fiber, molybdenum, zinc, and copper. But the health benefits of black turtle beans go way beyond the call of duty as these little black gems offer extraordinary antioxidant benefits resulting from their high concentration of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are flavonoid pigments that give many black and blue fruits, berries and lentils their extraordinary health benefits
Lentils was another one I came across, and these have been classed as a “superfood”, Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like lentils can lessen your risk of many serious medical problems. Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans
So I am going to give this a try by creating some bean and lentil stews to see what effects the swap has on my training
The other advantage is cost, yes, all these non meat protein sources are working out to be a lot less expensive, as well as shelf life which reduces waste!
So I will highly recommend doing at least a #MeatFreeMonday, it’s my new curry day!