Meat Free Week : goals to decrease bowel cancer

Meat Free Week : goals to decrease bowel cancer

Around here, it's meat free week every day of the year, so we're delighted that Bowel Cancer Australia is encouraging people to experience a week without meat, in a quest to reduce the rate of bowel cancer. Because not only is it healthier, it also opens the door to the delights of just how delicious meat-free eating can be. 

Meat Free Week :: August 1 - 8 2016

It is estimated that changes to diet and physical activity could reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75 per cent
— Bowel Cancer Australia 2013. Reducing Bowel Cancer Risk: Diet and Lifestyle.
Hippocrates (460 - 370 BCE) is credited with the famous line "Let food by thy medicine, and medicine by thy food". He believed that diet was an integral element to all healthy organisms. 

Hippocrates (460 - 370 BCE) is credited with the famous line "Let food by thy medicine, and medicine by thy food". He believed that diet was an integral element to all healthy organisms. 

Going meat free for seven days for Meat Free Week is a great way to get Aussies thinking about the amount of meat they eat, and cutting down to help reduce their bowel cancer risk.
— Bowel Cancer Australia

Meat Free Week has been an annual Australian event since 2013, with Bowel Cancer Australia becoming a health partner in its second year. In 2015, Meat Free Week UK was launched, as global awareness of the health benefits of reducing meat consumption has garnered more and more attention. The idea behind it is to get people thinking - not necessarily to get everybody to become vegan or vegetarian all the time, but to encourage everybody to discover how much healthier they can feel on a diet filled with an abundance of plant based goodness. 

 

A Week of Meat-free delicious menus....

To provide inspiration, a bunch of chefs have submitted some of their favourite vegetarian and vegan recipes, which are all available on the Meat Free Week website. Here's our suggestion of a weekly meal planner using their recipes (click on the images to jump to the recipe):-

I think it’s vital that we all inform ourselves about the effect the food we eat has on our bodies and the world around us. Cutting down on the amount of meat we eat can help us feel amazing and can be part of huge positive step for our planet. For me eating without meat opened up a new and exciting world of food, where meat is no longer the focus, allowing me to be more creative in the kitchen, to think about layering flavour and texture. It’s an all-round win. Here’s to vibrant, joyous, knock out delicious food that’s kinder to our bodies and the planet.
— Anna Jones (Cook, Stylist and Writer)

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