Does your diet sustain you or does it make you feel tired and weak?
“A sustainable diet protects, nourishes, and maintains the health of all people in our society so that we together can cooperate for a better world. There is a connection between a healthy society–one where all people are properly nourished—and planetary health.” (sustainablediets.com)
Below are four simple ways you can start to develop a more sustainable and nutritional way of eating and thinking about food.
Buy local. There’s no better way to get the freshest food possible than buying food that is grown in your area. By choosing foods that are in season, it’s much easier to have a more sustainable diet. Farmers markets are on the rise nationwide and are a great place to find local, sustainable food. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships are also a great way to enjoy local produce. This website helps you search for CSAs in your area by zip code: www.localharvest.org
Choose organic. Organic means free of pesticides, chemicals and GMOs. By choosing organic food, you can eliminate harmful environmental toxins out of your food and out of our soil. Going organic is also a great way to offset your carbon emissions. Click here to calculate your current carbon footprint.
Buy less-packaged foods. Californians alone generate 66 million tons of solid waste each year and approximately one third is from packaging. Buying less packaged foods is an excellent way to decrease your impact on the environment. Not to mention, a majority of packaged foods are generally less healthy than other fresh options.
Sustainable fish. If you’re unsure which seafood options are a good choice for your next meal, you can check the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch for continuous updates on the most sustainable seafood choices.