Helping the environment is all about the lifestyle choices we make. Many people talk about a vegan diet being the perfect way to boost their health and the planet at the same time, but there are a wide variety of other practices that you can incorporate to benefits yourself and the world around you. Let’s show you some approaches that may help.
Purchasing from Ethically-Minded Suppliers
Of course, we could go to the farmers’ market to purchase food to minimize the transportation of goods, but it is also important to choose suppliers that have the ethical component as part of how they do business. For example, if you are looking to buy a product that benefits your health, like CBD gummies there are a wide variety of vegan-friendly options, especially as gummies may contain gelatin.
Eating Low-Impact Foods
Low-impact foods are usually plant-based, such as legumes, whole grains, and vegetables. Low-impact foods will minimize the environmental impact of overall food production and form part of a strong sustainable diet.
Growing Your Own Food
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, growing your food may not be a practical option for everyone, but if you are trying to contribute to the health of the environment, even growing some herbs on your fire escape can improve the quality of oxygen in your immediate area. This will reduce the toxicity in your body you are breathing, resulting in higher energy levels.
Cook Only What You Will Eat
We throw 40 million tons of food away every year. Being conscious of how much you need to eat is a little thing that can make a massive difference. When you think about all the foods that could go to starving people and being aware of how much food your body requires you can cut down your portions, which will also have a positive impact on your health and your weight. But if you have any food waste, such as scraps, you can always compost them. You can easily purchase a food composter to go in your home, which provides nutrient-dense soil for your plants, but will also help you to grow organic vegetables and fruits that are superior to store-bought brands.
Trying Edible Insects
Something that is somewhat controversial, but if you are someone who feels the negative impacts of a vegan diet because you’re not eating enough, you may want to go down this route. It is still relatively new, but there are significant benefits to eating edible insects. Insects are rich in iron and protein and can provide a solution to world hunger. But from the sustainability point of view, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide stable income to farmers within developing countries. And while the idea may sound disgusting, 80% of the world’s population includes insects as part of their staple diet!
Reducing Your Meat and Dairy Intake
If you are someone who eats meat, and you want to impact the planet in a more positive way without going vegan, you may want to find a balance. Many people have meat-free days, and there are other ways you can get your protein intakes, such as legumes and lentils. However, if you are someone that requires a significant amount of protein in your diet, either due to a health condition or you are exercising, you can always choose locally grown or seasonal foods or purchase organic grass-fed meat, as this can protect water and soil. Pesticides and other chemicals used in traditional farming run into water and soil, which decreases their nutritional benefit, which then has an impact on the quality of our food. Organic grass-fed meat will have a higher level of Omega-3 fatty acids than traditional meats.
Cooking Your Own Foods
One of the best ways to make more sustainable choices in your life is to pick locally grown food in-season, which helps you to make more sustainable choices. More people are eating at home because of the current environment, which has seen a positive impact on their finances, which is always welcome in any money-hungry household. But when you start to recognize just how much you actually need to consume in comparison to what you think you consume, it is worth spreading the message.
It is important to spread the word to help the environment. We can all try different approaches, but we have to remember that we can’t do everything to save the planet. Even choosing one or two of these components will have a positive impact.