The No Impact Week is getting tough: reduce the impact of your food choices. The motto is simple. Make it as vegan, local, organic and seasonal as possible!
And since tomorrow it is going to be even harder: reduce the energy consumption, it makes sense to think about how to combine the two things. Do you know how much fossil fuels are needed to produce your diet? Make the test “Is my lunch causing Global Warming?” to find out.
A good way of eating healthy and good for the environment is to go raw – or at least a little bit. Check out these raw vegan recipes. You will be surprised on how yummie it can be to eat sustainable.
A healthy choice for you and your environment is avoiding processed foods. But what are they exactly? Like this article by CBN news says correctly: “If you can’t identify them, it’s hard to cut processed foods out of your diet.“ So, let’s see. In short, “processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state.” A product which miraculously stays fresh for months should make you alert: “It’s because food manufacturers use man-made ingredients that prolong a product’s shelf life.” The down side of these products is simple: they are bad for your health. “For instance, trans fats are oils infused with hydrogen. They raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.”You find more bad side-effects in the article.
But let us get back to finding out what are processed foods. I have a really simple answer for you, provided by Body Ecology: “If it’s boxed, bagged, canned or jarred and has a list of ingredients on the label, it’s processed.” It can come in one of the following forms: canned, frozen, refrigerated, dehydrated… Luckily, we are already avoiding any time of packaging, so this should be easy. Basically, it is all about changing it to make it more attractive for customers and more handy for shops, no matter what that means for our health.
Today’s challenge is not only about going back to real food, of course. Today, I have tried to find a farmer’s market in my city to buy local and seasonal food. If you do not know what is seasonal, check a seasonal food calendar for your region.
I realized: eating healthy and environmentally consciously is a constant trade-off. You cannot eat fully local if you eat raw because you will be missing certain nutritional components. Therefore, it makes sense to find a balance between the different ideas and combine it to your own personal diet.
Not yet vegetarian but considering? Read more about why it is time to change!