Healthy Eating For A Healthy Planet: 5 Easy Tips

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Do you practice healthy eating? Eating healthy can benefit not only your own health, but also the health of the planet if you do it right.

If you care about the environment, you may already practice some sustainable habits, such as recycling or composting waste, driving a fuel-efficient vehicle, or using energy-efficient appliances.

But did you know that your food choices have a greater impact on the environment than any of these other areas?  By making healthier food choices for the planet, you can help reduce waste, pollution, and destruction of our planet’s resources.

Eating healthy not just for you, but for the planet, can help improve your own health and also the health of the environment!

Here are 5 healthy eating/healthy planet tips that you should keep in mind when planning your meals or shopping for food:

1. Eat less meat and dairy.

The Meat Eater’s Guide issued by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that if everyone in the United States ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

…Animal agriculture and dairy production are major contributors to global warming and pollution…

2. Eat plant-based meals.

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More and more people are becoming vegans or cultivating a plant-based diet because of the proven health benefits such as lower cholesterol, weight loss, and improved digestion, not to mention the difference it makes to one’s environmental footprint.

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3. Support eco-friendly farming.

…Have you ever thought that we are actually supporting eco-friendly farmers to be the stewards of our soil, water, air, and wildlife by choosing to buy their products?

To begin, visit your local farmers market, have a chat with an awesome farmer, and start to learn about their farming practices and what eco-friendly choices you can make.

4. Choose organic as much as possible.

EWG states that “organic agriculture preserves biodiversity, improves soil health, and saves energy.” Pesticides, while they kill living organisms on crops, are harmful to our health, as they leave a trace residue on the produce, and affect soil, water, and wildlife.

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5. Remember that less is more.

Less packaging means more environmentally friendly and healthier. Packaged, bottled, and processed foods most likely will have some kind of preservative in the ingredients or wrapping.

BPA, for example, an industrial chemical used for food containers like plastic bottles and metal cans, is a synthetic estrogen and has been linked to several ailments, including endocrine system imbalances…

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Read the full article at MindBodyGreen.com

 

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