10 Reasons Why You Need To Participate In Meatless Mondays

10 Reasons Why You Need To Participate In Meatless Mondays

Think of the baby cows.

Meatless Mondays: environmentally-friendly, health-friendly, and animal-friendly, whats not to like? Meatless Mondays are a great way to give back to your yourself, your health, and your community. Here are some great perks to participating in Meatless Mondays:

1. Increases longevity.

You have the possibility of living longer since you won't be as inclined to health problems and risks, and what is better than that?

2. Lowers your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease.

You only get one body--cherish it, take care of it, love it. By doing Meatless Mondays you'll lower risks for many health issues--especially those with the highest death rates.

3. It's a more nutritional diet and helps curb obesity.

Nutrients? Good. Less obesity? Good. It's all good.

4. Saves money.

Who couldn't save a few dollars here or there? Pass on that steak night and spend that money on something that will last you a little longer (aka those cute shoes you love!).

5. Reduces water usage, greenhouse gases, and fuel dependence.

Go green while going meatless! What is better than knowing you are helping out our planet in so many beneficial ways by doing one simple thing one time a week?!

6. Saving animals from factory farms.

YES! It's an amazing way to stop cramped caging, horrendous living conditions, and a lack of a life for factory farm animals. By not supporting these big companies, we can support these beautiful creatures and their lives.

7. Supporting only acceptable living condition for dairy animals.

The lack of money going to factory farms is the best possible things for these animals! You can further your actions by only buying your meat from local farmers and farmer markets.

8. It's easy.

One day a week. (And not on your weekend!) It doesn't get any easier than that and leave a small reminder for yourself until it becomes a habit.

9. It's a minor commitment for a large change.

Small scale act, big scale action. You CAN do this!

10. You'll feel good about it.

You'll be able to feel great about yourself when you know that you've make an impact on this world, on an animal, and on yourself--no matter how small. Tell your friends, spread the word, and smile because you rock!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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