With the coronavirus pandemic, there are news reports that the nation’s meat supply may be impacted. It’s already being reported that shoppers are seeing less options in the meat section and when they can find meat, it definitely costs more. The benefits of eating less meat are:
Plant based proteins (beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains) are less expensive
Plant-based diets are rich in fiber
Many believe that they need meat to get enough protein in their diet. However, most Americans get enough protein in their diets. The Daily Value for protein is 50 grams based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Of course, individual protein needs will vary based on factors such as body size, medical conditions and activity level.
Lately, around my house, we are consciously trying to eat less meat. I have been eating less meat in an attempt to not gain weight during the pandemic since I am less active. Another reason for the meat decrease is that when we do venture out to the store, there is less to choose from. I recently attended an online webinar about the Mediterranean diet and thought I would share some of the information.
The Mediterranean diet is a healthy eating plan and can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Components of the Mediterranean diet:
· Red meat and sweets once or twice a month in moderation (small portions)
· Fish and seafood, poultry and eggs, low fat cheese and yogurt can be eaten throughout the week in moderation
· Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, olive oil, herbs, spices every day
To start trying out the Mediterranean diet, start slowly by eating less red meat. Do one or two meatless meals a week. Replace red meat and poultry with fish. Eat more vegetables, preferably 80% of your plate should be vegetables. Grab some nuts for a snack instead of snacks with more calories and fat. Drink water instead of soda. Commit to making small steps to better health. Your body will thank you!
As always, please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet based on information shared here. Information gathered from the following resources:
Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org)
Intermountain Live Well (intermountainhealthcare.org)