Is Your Diet Eco-Friendly?

The eco-friendly, all-natural movement has gained a great deal of followers within the last decade, and that includes at the dinner table. Were you aware of the impact on the environment from your diet? Simple, eco-friendly food choices can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

People understand that the earth’s resources are limited and are working to preserve them through a number of different ways. Here are just a few tips to help keep yourself and your planet healthy through the right food choices.

Most food found in grocery stores is shipped from thousands of miles away, creating a great deal of pollution through fuel and requiring the use of chemical preservatives. One of the best ways to reduce your negative impact on the planet is by selecting local food.

The food you get at farmers’ markets, family farms, local bakeries, food co-ops or your own garden will be the freshest available. These naturally nutritious foods will be better for the planet and your waistline. Consuming raw fruits and vegetables more often will also help reduce your carbon footprint by saving the energy used to power appliances and cook food.

When grocery shopping, be aware of packaging and what it means to the environment. Look for products packaged with materials that are sustainable, recyclable and compostable. Less garbage and less waste along with minimal packaging on food products is a better choice for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Try reducing the amount of meat in your diet and replace it with plant-based proteins, like soy.  Livestock animals require vast amounts of water and feed while being raised as food. Add to that the costs of processing and the chemicals introduced to meats, it’s healthier for you and the environment to cut back or eliminate meat from your diet.

Can you pronounce the ingredients in your food products?  Chances are that if you can’t, your food contains chemicals that are potentially harmful to you and the earth around you. Choose fresh, organic produce without chemical additives and preservatives that can harm the environment and your health.

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