Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Part of Lent is sacrifice, including abstaining from meat on Fridays. It used to be that Catholics would abstain from meat every Friday throughout the year. (Catholic pals, check this out. I didn’t realize we were supposed to be keeping up Friday penance!) Now, most American Catholics only observe the practice during Lent.
As usual, something we are supposed to do for our spiritual health has a collateral benefit.
Now there are secular movements which recognizes the benefits of abstaining from meat once a week as the old school Catholics did and do. In a nutshell, “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.” source