Supporter story: Paul Riley
Paul Riley, 43, is a nurse who has worked for nine years in A&E and now works in drug research. Paul lives on the Wirral and recalls speaking to Paul and Linda McCartney about not eating meat years ago.
When did you start Meat Free Monday?
I have been struggling with my conscience over eating meat for some time. So I signed up and then just ran with it and haven’t eaten meat for three months. I feel much better for it. When I eat, my belly feels lighter and I just generally feel healthier.
Where did you hear about the campaign?
I learned about MFM through Paul McCartney’s web pages.
What motivated you to support Meat Free Monday?
Two motivations for me; the disastrous planetary consequence of the meat industry and the feeling inside myself that I don’t want to eat an animal.
Do you do any preparation before Monday each week, if so what?
What’s your favourite meat free dish?
How have you found eating out? Are there any places near you which offer good meat free options on Mondays?
I eat fish (though not on Mondays) and veggie meals when I go out and I love it, there are plenty of choices.
How have friends, family and colleagues responded to you doing Meat Free Monday?
My wife, a big meat eater, has been tremendously supportive and cooks my favourite veggie meal, a biryani.
What resources (cookbooks/guides/websites) have you found useful?
The BBC Good Food guide has a wealth of recipes.
Do you have any tips for people considering Meat Free Monday?
My advice for someone thinking about MFM, just try it. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU AND ME!
If you could sum up your Meat Free Monday experience so far in one sentence, what would it be?
My experience in a sentence: I changed one day and it changed my life.