Eat responsibly

Eat responsibly
Cut down on meats, and if you have the space, grow your own veggies; lower your costs and eat healthy!

A few sustainable tips can go a long way in preserving our health

By Natalia Ahmed

Published: Mon 30 Sep 2019, 2:43 PM

Our lifestyle has had massive changes on the environment around us, with global changes caused by our dietary habits. Research has been done to learn how to maintain a more sustainable life, and there are a number of changes that can be made in the kitchen to help reduce the effects of climate change. 
One major area is meat. Animal agriculture as an industry creates one of the largest carbon footprints in the world, and deforestation is done to create more land for grazing animals; a more vegetarian or vegan-based lifestyle will be healthier for the planet. The first step is to reduce the amount of meat, fish, and dairy consumed.
Stopping cold turkey is very difficult to achieve, so you can start with smaller steps. One suggestion is to pick a particular day; a common day that people have picked is 'Meatless Monday'. Use social media to post pics of meat-free meals on Monday and build hype around this; that way, you will remember to follow this trend and maintain this habit for much longer. 
Another, similar idea is to cut down on dairy products. Dairy animals, too, greatly contribute to climate change due to the large amount of greenhouse gases produced, so reducing dairy does help with the environment. Cut down on cheeses, milk, and ice cream - your body will thank you for it as well!
Cutting down on meat and dairy does make room for more veggies, so shop up on greens! Visit the seasonal produce and pick up some seasonal foods; these are more likely to be less ripe. 
Similarly, try and cut down on plastic when shopping for food and groceries. Most supermarkets provide plastic bags for vegetables - bring cloth bags instead, they are reusable and environmentally friendly. For foods like bread, a cloth bag is preferable to the plastic wrap. For meat, carry a glass container and ask the butcher to use this container instead of using plastic bags. 
Finally, for those with outside spaces, try your hand at gardening. Farmer's markets and stores often sell seeds for various fruits and vegetables, and growing your own produce means that you will spend less money at the supermarket, and you will know exactly what goes into your plants. This way, you can be sure of what you eat, how its grown, and be more self-sufficient.   

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