If your new years resolutions included taking better care of yourself, making conscious choices about the food you eat can be a good first step. Your diet can play a big role in your well-being, but your food choices can also play a big role in our sustainable food chain. The farmers who grow our produce and the effect they have on our eco-system can benefit from learning more about a sustainable diet.
Have you checked out your local farmer’s market? Eating foods grown near you not only yield a fresher selection, it supports your local economy and cuts down on the need to use fossil fuels to transport them.
Choosing to eat a plant-based diet, even just one day per week, can have a big effect on reducing deforestation, reducing greenhouse emissions, reducing fossil fuel energy needs during production and transportation, and minimizing livestock water needs. It can also have a positive effect on your health by reducing your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and stroke. Beans are a great choice if you’re seeking a meat substitute that still packs great nutrition.
If you’re always on-the-go, packaged foods offer a convenience but typically offer poor nutrition at a high cost. Planning ahead can help you portion out fresh fruits and nuts as a great portable snack. If that’s not an option for you, consider sustainable alternatives that avoid artificial ingredients and that don’t contain excess sugar or sodium.
It’s always best to discuss dietary changes with your doctor to be sure you’re making smart choices for your nutritional needs.