Your Guide to Sustainable Eating

We can eat healthier foods and help save the planet at the same time.

I don’t know about you, but every time I take the trash out I am reminded of just how much food we Americans waste, as well as how much trash we produce. If you really sit down and think about it, the amount of trash your family creates is probably extensive on its own. If you multiply that times all the families on your block, in your neighborhood, or in your county it is easy to see why there is a garbage patch in the middle of the ocean.

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One of the ways we can combat this problem, while also taking care of our bodies is to eat more sustainable foods. Sustainable eating just means that you are mindful of where your food comes from, and how much trash it creates. I’m not saying you have to go from zero to vegan in 2.5 seconds, but you can introduce small changes into your life and diet that will have a long-standing effect on your life, and the lives of your children. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

Buy local. Buying from local farmers markets will help cut down on plastic packaging, and introduce you to new foods while also stimulating the local economy.

Meal Prep. Planning your meals ahead of time is the best way to reduce waste and ensure that everything you cook, you eat.

Finish your leftovers. I know we all want to move towards the next shiny thing, but finishing your leftovers will only end up saving you money in the long run.

Eat less meat. Animal byproducts contribute to greenhouse gas emission, water usage, and are overall less sustainable than plants. Introducing more plants to your diet is not only good for your body, but your wallet too.

Avoid overly-processed foods. Processed foods are bad for your body, your finances, and the environment. Regardless of whether you care about sustainability or not, you should eliminate as many processed foods as possible for your own health.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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