I've toyed with the idea of becoming a vegetarian for many years and have even gone several weeks without meat. But eventually, I always succumb to a hamburger or some other similar forbidden treat. Still, I know that cutting down on meat consumption can be an important factor in staying healthy as you get older so I am always looking for ways to curb my burger addiction.
One alternative, adopted this week by the Los Angeles City Council, is the idea of "meatless Mondays."
The idea first gained currency in 2003 when it was sponsored in part by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins and the Monday Campaigns, a non-profit group that aims to dedicate the first day of the week to public health efforts. Since then, 20 schools of public health have endorsed Meatless Mondays.
I think it's a terrific way to start thinking about cutting down on meat in your diet. You don't have to give up on hamburgers; just indulge in them a little less often.
The Monday Campaigns website also offers lots of meatless recipes if you're looking for some inspiration.