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Unlike some of the generations before us, people now are starting to move away from the idea that you should often consume animal products. While our parents and grandparents may have been convinced that meat should be in every meal, people now are starting to realize that going plant-based can have major benefits for the individual and for the environment. Although some choose to go full vegetarian or vegan for these reasons, others have opted to simply make more plant-based choices. There has even been a recent movement encouraging people to commit to at least one plant-based day per week.

If you are on the fence about going plant-based, you can always try it for one day a week and see how you feel. The following is a list of ways that might just change your life for the better if you go plant-based for a day in the week.

It can help improve your overall health

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Reports from the WHO and other health agencies have shown a link between eating lots of processed animal products and conditions such as heart disease and cancer. In general, plant-based diets typically rely on the consumption of more “whole-state” (or unprocessed) foods. Of course, this does not mean all plant-based foods are unprocessed. However, wholesome plant-based foods are often lower in calories, sugar, salt, and fats that can cause problems and illnesses. For this reason, going plant-based even once a week will likely increase the amount of nutrients you get in your diet, and help to protect against heart disease and other health problems. 

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It may save you money

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The cost of meat just keeps increasing! Although fresh vegetables can be pricey, swapping out your meat for a low-cost vegetarian alternative such as beans just might help you save a bundle. One strategy for those who want to reduce their reliance on big agriculture is to switch to buying meat from smaller, more sustainable farms. The meat might be a little more expensive, but you can reduce your costs overall if you just eat less meat that you can feel good about. Reducing your intake even further means you can put your money towards businesses you can feel good about. 

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You can feel good about doing your part for the planet

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According to reports, if everyone in the US went meat-free just one day a week there would be a myriad of benefits for the environment. To name just a few – greenhouse gasses would be dramatically reduced, billions of gallons of water would be saved, and there would be a drastic reduction in soil erosion. This is a huge amount of positive change coming from just a one-day per-week adjustment. Truly something that you can feel good about, even if you are not ready to commit to going plant-based for good. 

Many people who have taken the plunge have found it to be a pretty simple lifestyle change. Changing your diet for only one day in a week is a more sustainable way of trying to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your overall health without turning your whole life upside-down. There are of course many benefits of going fully plant-based as well, but for those just looking to start off by making small changes, going plant-based one day a week is a perfect way to start.

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