I have been enjoying the lovely warm Southern California weather! Until I really started to think about it….its 86F in November, thats not normal. I know it seems weird to not be jumping for joy when the rest of the country is freezing but there is just something not right about it. I love documentaries and have been a fan of The Inconvenient Truth and Chasing Ice. And when we get weather like this, I cant help but wonder what is happing to our polar ice caps and the melting of those amazing glaciers due to global warming. And then it got me thinking; “what can I do? how can I help?”. Being in the area of nutrition and health my mind automatically jumped to the foods we eat and its impact on the environment. I came up with some tips to help you eat more “greenly”. Every little bit counts and in fact some of these are as impactful as no longer driving a car. The list may be overwhelming for some, and don’t feel like you should change everything today, but perhaps simply picking one a week can be a good start to a more sustainable life.
Tips To Green Eating:
- Buy seasonal produce – Buying produce that is in season can help to reduce the fuel used to transport and ship produce grown in other areas of the world.
- Eat locally – Support your local farmers market! Again it will helps to reduce the energy and pollution created from transporting foods.
- Start your own garden and compost – It doesn’t get more local than that! For information on composting you can check out: http://www.howtocompost.org/cat_generalinfo.asp
- Buy USDA certified organic foods – Buying organic can reduce the use of chemicals that enter our soils and waters. Organic growing technics can also help to preserve the land with more longterm and sustainable growth.
- Eat lower on the food chain- By eating a more less meat and a more plant based you are reducing greenhouse gases and all the lands that have been cleared for cattle and the pesticides and hormones used to keep them “healthy”. Livestock actually accounts for 18% of the worlds greenhouse gas emission! (gross!)
- Eat “real” food – Foods that are highly processed use a lot of energy to manufacture and transport to the grocery stores. Foods found in it’s more natural forms are not only healthier but can help reduce the waste from production and packaging.
- Choose sustainable seafood – Fish can be loaded with contaminants and farmed in unsustainable ways. For more help choosing more sustainable fish check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector.
- Buy in bulk – Buying in bulk will help reduce the amount of energy that went in to packaging individual products as well as reducing the extra landfill produced from the waste of the packaging.
- Reusable travel water bottles – Using metal or even reusable plastic water bottles helps to limit the extra landfill produced and even if you do recycle them, that takes extra energy to do so. Investing in a filter and reusable water bottle saves money as well!