World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day - Tuesday, October 1, 2024

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Did you know that approximately 10% of the world’s population is vegetarian, and that India has the lowest per capita meat consumption in the world? On October 1, we celebrate the benefits of being a vegetarian and admit that the meatless lifestyle can actually be awesomely delicious. So get out the carrot sticks, tofu, cheese pizza, veggie burgers, and other meat-free delights, because it’s World Vegetarian Day!

Every year there are thousands of people making the move to a healthier, more socially responsible way of living. These people care about the lives of animals and want cruelty to come to an end, they want to live long healthy lives and avoid the perils of heart disease, and they want to have beautiful bodies sustained by living in tune with the Earth. Who are these people? They’re vegetarians, and World Vegetarian Day celebrates their decision to eliminate meat and animal products from their diet and live a more conscientious life.

Learn about World Vegetarian Day

Did you know that roughly every one in ten people around the world is a vegetarian? That figure often shocks people. It’s more than you would probably expect, right? A lot of people are also surprised to learn the fact that India is the country that has the lowest meat consumption per capita around the globe. 

On World Vegetarian Day, we celebrate all of the good things that are associated with being a vegetarian. It is a good day to show people that you can still enjoy eating food by going meat-free! It is not boring, and there are some amazing recipes out there. 

Even if you are not a vegetarian yourself, you can celebrate World Vegetarian Day. Why not go vegetarian for this day and see how you manage? From veggie burgers and cheese pizza to tofu and carrot sticks; there are a lot of amazing meat-free delights that you can enjoy on this day. Plus, you never know, it may inspire you to have more meat-free days in the future. 

There are a number of different benefits that are associated with going meat-free. Firstly, you have the benefits for your body. Vegetarian diets tend to involve consuming a lot of the good stuff that you cannot typically find in meat. This includes a large number of phytochemicals, unsaturated fat, magnesium, vitamins E and C, folic acid, and fiber. This translates into a healthier weight, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, and also lower cholesterol. 

If that was not enough, going veggie also offers a number of different benefits in terms of the environment. Not only does this spare animals, but it conserves fossil fuel too. For example, one calorie of beef requires 78 calories of fossil fuel! This is something that a lot of people don’t realize. For soybeans, only one calorie of fossil fuel is needed for one calorie of beef. This means that it is 780 percent more efficient when compared to the production of meat. 

History of World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977 to help promote the vegetarian way of life, and educate people on the health and social benefits of making the move to eliminate meat from their diets. As omnivores, humans are capable of surviving in complete health on a diet that contains no animal meat or products of any kind, but are there other benefits than merely a clean conscience?

As it turns out, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Vegetarian diets are significantly more healthy than diets that contain animal products, especially when you are conscientious about your fat intake. With a low-fat vegetarian diet you can completely avoid any issues with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States alone.

Not only do vegetarian diet remove animal fat and cholesterol from their diets (especially true for vegans), but they consume more fiber and anti-oxidants, well known for their ability to fight cancer! So profound is the effect of vegetarianism on our health it has statistically been shown to add 13 healthy years to our lives.

Need more proof? Just look at Okinawa, where the people with the longest life-span in the world live. Guess what their diet primarily consists of?

How to celebrate World Vegetarian Day

Even if you have no desire to live a Vegetarian lifestyle every day, give yourself a chance to explore the world that is vegetarian cuisine on World Vegetarian Day. Explore the health benefits and find out how delicious and healthy eating no animal products can be by eliminating them from your diet for just one day.

It can even give you an opportunity to try out new restaurants and dishes, just stop in at your local vegetarian restaurant or order off the vegetarian menu at your favorite restaurant. Recruit some friends to go with you and have a wonderful night out, without hurting any animals!

There are a number of other ways that you can celebrate World Vegetarian Day as well. Aside from opting for a meat-free day, you can also enrich your knowledge and/or share your knowledge about the benefits of being a vegetarian online. Educate your friends, followers, and family members about the advantages of going vegetarian. You will find a lot of resources online about this. Especially on World Vegetarian Day, there are going to be a lot of infographics, videos, and other pieces of content that are going to be going around, so why not share these with people you connect with online so that you can be part of this movement? 

Another way to observe World Vegetarian Day is by shopping at your local farmer’s market. Farmer markets tend to have some of the most delicious and freshest fruits and vegetables. With fall in the air, you should have no trouble finding a good selection of meat-free foods that appeal to your mood and your tastebuds.

World Vegetarian Day Activities

  1. Share the veggie wealth

    Even if you're not a vegetarian, become one for a day. Bring some vegetarian food to share with your office or school mates. Don't want to put in any extra effort? Buy a ready-made veggie tray. Everybody loves veggie trays—even the most avid meat eaters.

  2. Try the meatless option at a restaurant

    Are you the type of person who skips over the vegetarian section of the menu without so much as a cursory glance? Today, take the opportunity to explore the veggie offerings, and opt for a meatless meal. Who knows? Maybe it'll be more delicious than that steak.

  3. Shop at a farmer's market

    Some of the freshest and most delicious vegetables and fruits can be found at your local farmer's market. With fall in the air, you're sure to find a diverse offering of meatless foods to appeal to any taste or mood (including pumpkin!).

Why We Love World Vegetarian Day

  1. It's good for the environment

    Going meatless not only spares animals — it also conserves fossil fuel. Did you know it takes 78 calories of fossil fuel to churn out 1 calorie of beef, but just 1 calorie of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of soybeans? That's 780% more efficient than meat production!

  2. It's good for your body

    Vegetarian diets typically involve consuming lots of the good stuff you can't always find in meat: fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, magnesium, unsaturated fat, and tons of phytochemicals. That translates into lower cholesterol, reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and a healthier weight.

  3. Vegetarian food can be delicious

    Meatless diets get a bad rap for being bland and tasteless — but that's not always true. Almost any vegetable can be turned into scrumptious veggie-based pancakes. Pizza (as long as it doesn't contain sausage) is totally still an option. Ice cream is good to go. Who said vegetarians can't have fun?

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