Meatless Monday ... What's Your Point of View?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-02-22 17:22:48 -0600
Started 2011-02-18 17:24:11 -0600

The Monday Campaigns is a national movement backed by leading public health schools that dedicates the first day of every week to health.

Every Monday, individuals and organizations join together to commit to healthy behaviors that help end chronic preventable diseases.

Why Monday?

It’s the January of the week, the perfect time for a fresh start.

People are more likely to begin exercising, start a diet or quit smoking on Monday than any other day.

It’s a call to action built into every calendar – offering 52 chances a year to live a longer, healthier life!

What's your opinion?


27 replies

Pynetree 2011-02-20 22:19:06 -0600 Report

Yes, I've been noticing this "Meatless Monday" thing a lot on Recipe sites, and in a lot of magazines. We try to only eat red meat once a week or less. But, will try a totally meatless once once in a while.

MewElla 2011-02-20 07:45:21 -0600 Report

I believe "meatless Mondays" is referring to the red meat that always taste good but it is not the best in the world for us to eat. Since I eat a lot of fish, chicken, I could sure devote one day a week for my diet improvement. My body thrives best on protein of the fish and chicken and of course, my usual, beans…Not bad, I am not very used to it and look forward to new ways to have it at night.

squog master
squog master 2011-02-20 05:36:54 -0600 Report

If meatless is only doing without red meat I can honestly say that I have been almost meatless on Fridays all my life as I am Catholic. Growing up we were not suppose to eat meat on Fridays so we always had fish. This has changed some over the years but I pretty much still do fish on Fridays especially during lent.

MrsJgKENT 2011-02-19 21:11:48 -0600 Report

Well not sure of the meatless monday,,,,,, I am cafeteria Manager at a K-8 grades.
I prefer to give the kids choices.. Our school has a Salad bar… or a regular line for the kids to choose from..Fresh veggies everyday is what I stride for…Children do need protien and the way we can afford it is in some type of meat.. We try to make the food as healthy as we can. My school takes pride to feed kids good food.

realsis77 2011-02-19 15:01:40 -0600 Report

Hi.I'm not sure how I feel about being forced to eat or not eat something. I think its a great idea to dedicate a day to health and awareness. I also think its important to educate our children to the importance of good health. I'm also for contributing to good health.I'm not sure meatless is the way to go. Meat can be good for you.

petals 2011-02-19 10:48:24 -0600 Report

How are you doing Mays? I have been thinking about you. How do you go about becoming a vegetarian? Ihave often thought about it, there isn't that much meat that I like to eat any more, mainly beef and chicken. And how does being a vegetarian affect being a diabetic?

jayabee52 2011-02-18 20:40:42 -0600 Report

How are you and your leg doing, Mays!

I've not heard of meatless Mondays movement until now. I'm not sure how going meatless contributes to health. Protein from meat of some kind is essential to continued health. One can, of course get protein from vegetable sources, such as nuts, but they are not complete proteins from what I've read online.

Of course I grew up on a farm where we milked cows and slaughtered beef and pork and chickens for meat, so honestly, I am a bit biased in that direction.

I did click the link you provided and read around for a while. It seems to me there's not a whole lot of information on WHY meatless is more healthy. To me, it seems more like a "get on the bandwagon" site. This or that celebrity promotes it, so we should follow their example.

Blessings to you and yours!


MAYS 2011-02-19 08:13:48 -0600 Report

James, How are you today?
I hope that your move-in has been a successful one.

I am doing fine, my foot is healing ahead of schedule, soon I will be back on my feet, the blood clots are another issue, but overall things are great!

I agree that this may just be a movement of some sort, based on what I have read online, and have seen on the television news yesterday.
(Which is what prompted this discussion)

I am a vegetarian, and I have been one for 30 years (as of March, 2011) but I don't push, or promote this lifestyle to anyone, it was a personal choice that I made when I was 18 years old.

I agree with your findings that there is very little information being given as to "Why," they should have done a better job of promoting this, but then again maybe it's better this way because it prevents lawsuits and medical backlash.

Blessings to you and yours, my friend!


jayabee52 2011-02-20 22:42:06 -0600 Report

Yes, Mays, my move has been successful, but I'm still waiting for my son to deliver my dinner table and chairs. Said he would today, (Sun) but I guess he forgot.

I have yet to get a landline installed, and internet in the apt (but the complex has 3 computers for residents' use so I 'm using those for a while)

I was aware that you are vegetarian, and I hesitated posting the above because I didn't want to offend your sensitivities, but I knew you weren't pushy about it, so that's why I posted.

I am saddened to learn of the blood clots. Jem was also on Coumadin. My Dr put me on Aggrenox, which is a blood thinner also. I didn't have to take the blood tests like Jem did. But with my bleeding ulcer they DC'd the prescription. Back in June of 2009 they took a MRI of my thyroid. They found that I had a 4th TIA (I had 3 in 2005). of which I had been completely unaware. That's when they put me on the Aggrenox. (which is very expensive.)

Blessings right back to you!

MAYS 2011-02-21 20:25:47 -0600 Report

How are you?
I hope that I did not offend yo in any way, I always enjoy reading your comments.
At this stage in my life I am well beyond my sensitivities now, with everything that has been happening as of late it says to me, "take time out to enjoy life."
Regardless of it all, life is simply beautiful and I will try to enjoy it more than ever.

The weekly blood test I take aren't too bad, the entire process is just annoying, although necessary so I don't complain (but I want to).
My Lovenox injections twice a day are really expensive!

How are things going with you now (ulcer), how are you handling it ?
You are truly a pillar of strength here within this wonderful family.

Blessings to you for both your wisdom, and your friendship!

jayabee52 2011-02-22 01:17:59 -0600 Report

I have not had a recurrence of the ulcer. No I am not offended in any way - I was concerned about offending you. I am usually pretty laid back anyway. That is why the ulcer puzzled me. It also puzzled me when the tests came back negative for another cause of ulcers, H Pylori. Puzzles me. I was taking Agrenox to thin my blood (now DC'd). gonna have to check if that med. might be implicated in bleeding ulcers. My good friend died the same week I was in hospital with bleeeding ulcers. Researching ulcers I found out a pain med. she was taking - Trammedol - had been implicated in causing perforations of the stomach.

I know about the tests for Coumadin, as Jem took the coumadin too. Don't know anything about lovenox.

Blessings to you and yours, Mays


MAYS 2011-02-22 05:47:21 -0600 Report


The Lovenox injections (twice a day) help to stabilize the blood clots reducing the chance that they will break free (and travel to either my brain, lungs or heart) while the thinning blood works on slowly dissolving the clot away.

I am just looking forward to my foot healing so that I can return to the gym, and my physical therapy for both my shoulder and my foot.
Doing so will help my mental attitude (which has taken a beating) as well as my diabetes, I just can't wait!

Blessings to you, James.


squog master
squog master 2011-02-18 19:07:34 -0600 Report

I'm not sure I totally undersatnd "Meatless". Does this mean no fish or seafood either or just red meat? Also at this time I have to follow a high protein diet and although beans & other legumes are high in protein they are also high in carbs.

MAYS 2011-02-19 07:55:49 -0600 Report

Normally it means red meat, not fish, or seafood.
Great observation concerning beans, legumes , proteins and carbohydrates.


squog master
squog master 2011-02-19 20:00:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays! Hope you're recovering nicely. One more thought. What kind of protein are they serving in the schools instead of meat? If memory serves me right they have to have a certain amount of each food group on the daily menu.

re1ndeer 2011-02-18 19:01:47 -0600 Report

We do meatless meals on Wednesday and Friday. Mondays for us are just to hectic, we go shopping on Mondays, and when weather is warmer we do lawn work. We actually make our Mondays an extended weekend.

MAYS 2011-02-19 07:50:22 -0600 Report

An extended weekend, I envy you!
How long have you been doing Meatless Wednesday, and Fridays?


Kirla 2011-02-18 18:59:32 -0600 Report

I think it’s healthy to eat meat everyday. Why not Carbless Mondays. I believe eating high carb starchy foods are worse for your health than a little meat every day.

kdroberts 2011-02-19 09:09:58 -0600 Report

Its a good point but I think going completely carb free would be a pretty tough task unless you want to eat meat and cheese all day!

WendyFR 2011-02-19 13:59:35 -0600 Report

I have tried eating less carbs and I hit the lows like crazy. I think we need to balance are meals.

MAYS 2011-02-19 07:46:07 -0600 Report

A Carbless Day is such a great idea!
Have you ever thought about starting such a movement based on your personal success utilizing your proven method to lower your A1C?


Harlen 2011-02-18 17:43:39 -0600 Report

Yummmm meat ,Not a meal with out it lol
Best wishes

MAYS 2011-02-19 07:40:35 -0600 Report

Harlen, I see that you are a meat lover!
How are you at grilling, and barbecuing meats?
Maybe you can share a few recipes, or cooking suggestions with the members here at Diabetic Connect!


Harlen 2011-02-19 09:56:46 -0600 Report

I never give away my skills lol
Every one that has had my stakes sey they are the best they ever had and they are chef's

CaliKo 2011-02-18 17:34:35 -0600 Report

Interesting. I'd never seen stats on Monday being "the day" for new starts. I already exercise almost every day, have a meal plan, quit smoking 20+ years ago… I do at least two meatless dinners, but they are usually Tuesdays and Thursday because I only cook dinner for my son and myself those nights, and he loves omelettes. I guess I could try a new recipe from one of my diabetic cookbooks on monday, and make a better effort to measure portions. I may have to try that black bean sweet potato burger, maybe without the bread, or maybe one piece of bread, I'll need to do math.
Good post, Mays. How are you doing?

MAYS 2011-02-19 07:13:31 -0600 Report

I am doing fine, thank you for asking.
Towing the line when necessary, and always looking, and pushing forward.
When you try out a few of your recipes, why not post a few, or at least let us know of your opinion on them, it would be a great help to others.

You stopped smoking over 20 years ago? (Wow!)
Have you ever thought about starting a discussion on not only the importance of non smoking, especially for a diabetic, but also on what it takes to do so, what it's like, and the health benefits inherited from doing so?

You have such great control over things pertaining to your health, and well being.
You can ignite the flame of motivation in other diabetics, with a few inspirational discussions and your lovely, positively addictive smile!

Please give it some thought!