How to Make Your Diet More Environmentally Friendly

by Paisley Hansen 17 days ago in healthy

Help The Environment By Eating Healthy.

How to Make Your Diet More Environmentally Friendly

It is no secret that we are not taking care of the planet that we are living on. Pollution levels are at an all-time high. More and more animals are getting added to the endangered species or extinction list. If you are someone who cares about the environment and are looking for ways to help it out, then here are some ways.

Cooking and buying food is one of the biggest detriments to the environment. Since everyone does need to have food to eat, it is one of the most in-demand industries. The fact that it is such a big part of our lives has caused large companies to start creating food in the masses and doing stuff that can hurt the environment. Here are some ways that you can start being more environmentally friendly in your diet.

Shop Local

When you buy from a supermarket, you are buying food from a company that only cares about how much product they can churn out. They are not concerned if their egg and dairy farms are creating more greenhouse gas than most vehicles create in a year. When it comes to buying meat, eggs, or dairy; try to buy them from a farm that is local to your area. This way you know how and where the animals were raised, plus you will also be reducing the distance that the product has to travel.

As for fruits and vegetables, it is just as important to buy these as local as possible as well. Of course, if you live in the midwest you won’t be able to buy pineapple local. The things that you can buy or even grow yourself, you should! Also, try to buy produce according to what season it is. The last thing you should do, if you can afford to do so is to get produce that has been harvested ethically and organically.

Incorporate More Plants

The meat industry is one of the worst things for the environment. Beef and poultry farms create more greenhouse gas than a single human creates in a year while driving their car. The beef industry creates a lot more damage than the poultry industry. You don’t need to go vegan or even vegetarian to help minimize your consumption of meat. Try to incorporate one or two days out of the week where you only eat plant-based meals. Start small by only making a meatless dinner. As you get more comfortable you will realize that it isn’t that difficult and you will be able to try out more meals.

Eat Food Raw Or With Minimal Cooking

Cooking food ends up using a lot of energy and resources. If you try to eat raw meals (meals that don’t require any type of cooking) a few times throughout the week, you will see a drastic decrease in your electric usage. Of course, there are some things like chicken and other meats that you can’t eat raw. When you do have to cook you should try to use things that will use less energy like a crockpot. Another thing you can try when it comes to cooking is solar panels. Use the energy from them to cook your meals and you won’t have to use any other type of power.

Help The Environment By Eating Healthy.

You don’t need to build your own farm or spend a lot of money on expensive, all-organic foods to help the environment. By making small changes you will be able to help the environment in the long term. Especially if you are able to convince your friends and family to make these changes as well. We only have one planet, so we need to make sure that we are taking good care of it.

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Paisley Hansen

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty, and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.    

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