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I hope you caught my post titled ‘Twas the Night Before Meatless Monday yesterday. If not, feel free to follow the link before or after I profess my love for M.M. in today’s short post.

Exploring the world of veganism takes guts. Trying to adopt a healthier, more environmentally conscious, and compassionate lifestyle is a noble and sometimes daunting task. Some people rip the bandage off in a quick yank, while others pull gently over time to remove it. For those who need a more gradual entry into a herbivore lifestyle, Meatless Monday is a great place to start.

If you are new to the scene, MM is a weekly celebration of vegetarianism. While dairy isn’t strictly forbidden, I encourage Veganauts to use the day as a way to try out the easy and delicious vegan diet options.

With each Monday being a celebration of meatless living, each Sunday night is another Meatless Monday Eve. This carries with it all of the fun, family, and fellowship that comes with other “Eve” celebrations, like the New Year’s version, the Christmas version, and the Tax Day version. For this reason, there obviously needs to be a few songs and traditions to help tell the story of this weekly epic holiday. I’m happy to share this classic in the making, ‘Twas the Night Before Meatless Monday.


‘Twas Meatless Monday Eve

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‘Twas the night before Meatless Monday, when all through the farm,

not a creature was worried, about coming to harm.

The produce was stocked, in crisping drawers with care,

in the hopes that Low Cholesterol, soon would be there.

The children were hyped, all snug in their beds,

while visions of bean burritos, danc’d in their heads.

And Mama in her flannels, and I in my socks,

had just settled our brains, with some “film” from Redbox.

When out in the garden, there arose such a hoopla,

I sprang up to see who was breaking an HOA bylaw.

Away to the window, I stumbled, raising cane,

pulled open the blinds, and slid open the pane.

The streetlight showed a yard, that badly needed mowing,

illuminating toys, and weeds visibly growing.

When what to my adjusting eyes should I see,

but a miniature grocery cart, and eight little Tofurkies;

with a little ole’ driver, such a healthy fireball,

I knew in a moment, it must be Low Cholesterol.

Even without wings, his coursers they flew,

and he whistled and shouted and called those he knew,

“Now Parsley! Now Sage! Now Rosemary and Tyme!

On Garlic! On Onion! On Cumin and Key Lime!

To the top of the swing set, to the peak of this home,

now dash away, dash away, no time to roam!”

As dry leaves, before a leaf blower fly,

when they meet with an air blast, and flock to the sky,

so up to the house-top these coursers they flew,

with a grocery cart full of produce- and Low Cholesterol too!

And there in a moment, I heard on my roof,

the thumping of Tofurkies, clumsy and uncouth.

As I heaved myself up, then tried to spin around,

down the chimney Low Cholesterol came with a bound.

He was dressed like a farmer, from straw hat to boots,

and his clothes were all covered, with soil and young shoots.

A sack full of groceries, was flung over his shoulder,

and he looked like a hitchhiker, just arriving from Boulder.

His muscles- how they flexed! His skin- how healthy,

his cheeks were like a young man’s, his waist- trim and stealthy!

His fancy running shoes, that he kept tied with tight bows,

with the tread on the bottoms, showing he clearly seldom slows.

He had a happy face, and a flat spot, where I had a belly,

and it hardly shook, when he laughed, at MY bowl full of jelly.

He was hale, and strong, a right healthy looking elf,

and I laugh’d when I saw him, in spite of myself.

A wink of his eye, and a thumbs up he flashed,

soon gave me to know, the visit wasn’t trashed.

He didn’t say jack, just got down to his work,

and fill’d all the pantries, wearing a knowing smirk.

No beef was dropped off, no chicken was gifted,

no pork was involved, no fresh fish was lifted.

Instead fresh produce, and foods that were meatless,

he shared quality grub, helping overcome vegan weakness.

Then suddenly jumping, and signaling “hang loose,”

like a zephyr up the chimney, he practically shoots.

He sprang to his grocery cart, to his Tofurkies gave a shout,

and away they all sped, like in the 10 item or less checkout.

But I heard him exclaim, ere they flew fast as they may,

“Happy Meatless Monday to all, and to ALL a great day!”


Meatless Monday

MMGarfieldWhy all the Monday bashing? I LOVE Mondays!

Garfield loves lasagna but he absolutely hates Mondays. Radio DJs adore silly sound effects and celebrity gossip but they, for the most part, hate Mondays.  They spend all week bashing Mondays and counting down the minutes to the weekend, effectively teaching millions of listeners to join them in wishing away 5/7ths of their lives. This should be a crime! How can you hate a day… especially an awesome day like Monday?

There are many reasons to revel in the glory of Monday but one of my favorites is Meatless Monday.  This movement encourages regular, meat eating omnivores to skip all meat products on this one day of the week, and it’s working.  They are jumping on the MM bandwagon in droves. These omnivores might enjoy a whole turkey on Tuesday or fried chicken on Friday or even delicious wildebeest on Wednesday… but when Monday rolls around they spend the day digging into meat free meals.

Some vegetarians and vegans that have lived years without eating meat might scoff at the effort involved in going meatless once every seven days.  To them it probably seems as easy as breathing to skip meat for a day. Whoop-dee-do, they may say in a bored, monotone voice.

However, many (if not most) vegetarians and vegans see the implications of a movement like this and embrace it wholeheartedly.  They understand that every 7 Meatless Monday participants equal an entire vegetarian! Think of it…if all seven billion people on Earth practiced the MM way of life we would have the equivalent of ONE BILLION VEGETARIANS!

I’m sure we could argue that math with some confusing statistics about food consumption around the globe but it will be hard to convince me of anything while my fingers are in my ears and I am making a sound like Weeeeooooooeeeeeeeooooooeeeeeooooooeeeeeoooo. This is how I win most of my arguments around the house so I know it works.

Another huge benefit of the MM Movement is that it gives people a chance to explore a lifestyle they may not think they are ready to live. Meatless Monday participants have a painless way to learn what vegans and vegetarians already know: meatless meals are delicious! In fact, they are so delicious that people learn that in addition to ditching meat on Mondays, that they are also very capable of reducing their meat, dairy and egg consumption during the other 6 days of the week. This is how vegetarians are born- this is where vegans come from.

Meatless Monday is a gateway lifestyle. It shows people how easy it can be. It hooks them with the delicious foods and keeps them with many long term benefits. There can be a lot of fear to overcome when deciding to make a total life change.  MM allows people to discover how easy and rewarding this lifestyle can be.

Once these meat-free explorers have made a habit of finding delicious alternatives to eat on Mondays they are likely to dial up their compassionate, healthy, and environmentally conscious days of the week. Vegan Vednesday, Animal-Free Friday, and Thoughtful Thursday are all extensions that can be used to expand the scope of their cruelty free explorations. Each of them is another baby step leading people to the brink of veganism and making them comfortable enough to jump the rest of the way in.

Many veganauts are like astronauts- they are exploring strange new worlds and boldly going where only some people have gone before (while carefully avoiding copyright infringement). Meatless Monday is a great way to start the journey: try it yourself, share it with others, encourage those who are interested, and wait patiently for those who are not yet ready. People have to decide for themselves when it is time to make a change- just be ready to help when they ask.

If you disagree let me offer my rebuttal: Weeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooo.


ALERT: Earth Day Set to Collide with Meatless Monday

collideLate breaking news from some astronomers this morning has confirmed that on Monday, April 22, 2013 there will be a collision of epic proportions.

Using calendars and digital watches, several environmentally conscious astronomers calculated that Earth Day and Meatless Monday would slam together in what some are saying is an End of Meats” Event.  Citizens are urged to remain calm and carry on… and to start a recycling program if they can find the time.

“Nothing can be done at this late stage except to begin soaking lentils, pressing tofu, and seeking out ingredients for green smoothies,” admitted a source close to the International Astronomical and Veg Affairs Council.

Additional sources close to the council have indicated that while both the original source, the council, and even the additional sources themselves are fictional, you’ll find it much more entertaining to just play along.

Earth Day is an annual celebration of humanity’s lifeboat.  Together, we twirl in amazing patterns through an expanding universe on our small, blue and green planet.  It is easy to get caught up in work schedules, personal drama, and waiting impatiently for BBC to show a new season of Sherlock Holmes.  Earth Day is a reminder to each of the 6,973,738,433 (and rising) resident humans to give a nod of thanks to the thinly crusted ball of molten rock that supports us.  The hope is that this one day of the year will inspire us to keep the Earth Day spirit in our hearts, all the year ’round.

Meatless Monday is a weekly celebration of compassion, environmental stewardship, and health in which participants abstain from eating all meat products on the first day of each week.  However, with monumental health benefits and compassion for baby-cows-n-fluffy-chicks aside, the positive environmental impact of Meatless Monday are what turns Earth Day 2013 into a Veg-egeddon.

Usually, these two events occur independently.  On their own they cause a disturbance, to be sure, but it is on par with a raucous Arbor Day or maybe a somewhat mild Memorial Day.  However this year, with Earth Day landing on the first day of the week while Meatless Monday is already in full swing, experts warn that there will be a convergence; an event in which two gigantic events occupy the same day with often unimaginable consequences.

Not only will all of humanity have a day in which to celebrate Mother Earth, but we will also be able to show our support for her delicate ecology and balance by eating only plant based foods and reducing carbon emissions, our own carbon “foodprint,” and horrible nitrate runoff.  We can change the world, simply with what we eat.

We will not see another convergence like this until 2019.  It is expected that the survivors will have a chance to rebuild civilization by then.  Hopefully without the meat and dairy industry this time.

No single change could impact our planet’s health as much as a global transition to consuming far less meat and other foods derived from animals.  The environmental cost of raising animals, transporting animals, slaughtering animals, and distributing meat is just the tip of the melting iceberg when it comes to the environmental imbalance cause by some countries’ meat habit.  If a large chunk of the world’s population gave up meat and dairy and eggs entirely, while many more of Earth’s citizens pitched in by simply reducing their intake of these foods, we would see an even bigger environmental impact than if we handed out electric cars like Cracker Jack prizes.

You are urged to have a happy Meatless Earth Monday Day on April 22. You are further encouraged to find a way to thank Earth for all of the surface area that we’ve been able to live on, as well as the air and water that we’ve been able to borrow.  I think the best gift would be to find a way to return all that we’ve been given in better shape than when it was loaned to us.