Are Eco Friendly Diets Better for Your Waistline?
Eating healthy should not be exclusive to our health, but it should also reflect our sentiments of protecting our home that is our planet. Given the environmental impact of food production, a more sustainable diet should be at the top of our minds as well when it comes to healthy eating.
Eating Less Meat
All food production requires resources that tax the planet in some way, but meat is particularly intensivein that it uses a lot of water, fuel, and land. It also contributes to nitrogen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, since cows release methane. When you do eat meat, you can choose lamb from grass-fed lamb that have been raised using more sustainable methods. But even grass-fed beef advocates will tell you, you don’t need to eat meat twice a day (and meat that’s good for you and the planet can’t be produced at a rate that allows for that, anyway).
So what is the solution to achieve the best of both worlds? It is definitely not going to be feasible for the majority of Australians to be completely vegan (as only 11% are so). However, taking small steps and embracing flexitarianism (eating meat more rarely) may be a more feasible alternative.
First of all, think about your favourite recipes that are “resource-greedy” ingredients and how you can swap them out for alternative proteins such as legumes and nuts. Besides. sustainably-farmed or sourced seafood is another protein alternative with a lower environmental footprint compared to meat, so choose your seafood wisely! Be sure to check out the various seasonal produce in your region to, as they need to travel less to your local grocer, this would mean less environmental impact as well.
Another way of sustainable eating and healthier eating are Meatless Mondays. This campaign has been encouraging people to eat vegetarian once every week (well, in doesn’t necessarily have to be on Mondays of course). So work out whichever day of the week works best for you and commit to swapping your steak sandwich for a veggie-packed grain bowl!
Healthier Alternatives when Sugar Cravings Kicks In
As you would already know by now that reducing junk food is good for you wallet, waist, and your planet. Dairy based desserts have on of the highest carboon footprints among junk foods. When the urge to indulge hits, the alternative is to go for fruit-only desserts such as sorbets, or just buy more fruit to freeze and turn them into delicious and healthy smoothies that you can enjoy more regularly! For example, grapes are very high in sugar, and when frozen are great summer treats.
That really doesn’t sound like much of a sacrifice, right?
How are you eating both healthily and sustainably? W want to hear from you and tell us in the comment section below!