Living Green: 5 Eco-friendly Eating Tips

Living Green: 5 Eco-friendly Eating Tips

Food that we eat daily shapes our body, emotions, mind and spirit. What we eat and how we eat also reflects a state of harmony within ourselves, the environment and the planet. Eating eco is not just good for your body, but it is also good for the environment. So, go green and change your shopping and eating habits to reduce your impact on the environment.   Here are 5 eating tips on how to use more sustainable food when creating your everyday menu.

Eating Tips

Eat meat-free

It takes 1,900 liters of water to produce a kilo of rice and 100,000 liters to produce a kilo of beef. With animal consumption we are destroying the agricultural land of our planet. The most important solution for the future of our planet is to eat as little meat as possible.  You can choose total vegetarianism, or even just have one meatless day per week.  If you do eat meat, choose from organically raised animals.  There are many protein sources in plants, such as buckwheat, leafy green vegetables, quinoa, sesame seeds, nuts, lentils, millet and various fruits.  

Eat Locally

Supporting local farmers will help to reduce the pollution caused by food travel, and support your local economy. Food travels nationwide and is responsible for a significant amount of fuel emissions. Eating local fresh organic food from sustainable farms offers nutrition rich, fresh foods, thus minimizing consumption of processed, packaged and sugar and fat laden fast food.  

Eat Food in Season

Nowadays it may be easy to forget about the seasons when we eat. Food is available year round, and supermarkets look the same in January as they do in July. What does it mean to eat seasonally? It means eating foods at the time in which they naturally ripen. These foods are the most nutritious, flavourful, and affordable. When you eat food in season you support your own health, local farmers and reduce the pollution caused by long distance food travel. Make an effort to guide your diet at least partially by the season. Your body and community will thank you.

Eating Tips: Nutritious Delicious Guides to Eat Seasonally

Below are my seasonal guidelines - eating tips to follow when preparing a menu  

Winter Delight

Especially, avocado, banana, cabbage, celery, chestnuts, winter squash, pears, persimmons, broccoli, apples, coconut, cauliflower, turnip, Brussels sprouts, collards, endive, and kale.  

Spring Blossoms

Especially, artichokes, leafy vegetables, spinach, romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, basil, arugula, beets, carrots, chards, cherries, carrots  

Summer Time

Especially, raspberries, apricots, cherries, peaches, figs, blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, celery, zucchini, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, peppers, radishes, spinach, snow peas, watercress, tomatoes.  

Autumn Daze

Especially, chestnuts, Dates, yams, bananas, persimmons, apples, beets. cabbage, celery root, cauliflower, cranberries, curly endive, garlic, grapes, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, chard.  

Go organic

Organic food is considered to be healthier, not only for our body but also for the planet. First of all, for our body to function optimally, we need good quality protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. We need organic food that is grown in nutrient-rich soil free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Choosing organic food is not just to avoid pesticides, but to obtain the higher levels of vitamins and minerals. Organic food still contains live enzymes, is unprocessed and natural, and does not contain genetically modified organisms. Furthermore, studies show that pesticides and herbicides deprive foods of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and macronutrients. Also, there are 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) call them The Dirty Dozen:  Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Blueberries, Apples, Bell peppers, Spinach, Cherries, Potatoes, Grapes, Kale/Collards

Grow your Own Food

The best way to cut the emissions is to grow your own ingredients. Did you know that you can grow your own sprouts in your kitchen? Sprouts are a healthy living food. The sprouting process brings out enzymes in the germinated seeds, grains and legumes which make them easy to digest. In addition, sprouts have double the amount of protein, vitamins and minerals. Use sprouts in salads, sandwiches and wraps. What to grow: especially, radish, broccoli, sunflower seeds, buckwheat seeds, clover, lentils and wheat berries. In conclusion, reduce your impact on the environment and make sustainable food regular features in your diet.

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