SUSTAINABILITY in the Diet
Sustainability can be applied to our way of everyday living, at the workplace, at home and of course with FOOD! The pathways to eating sustainably is a challenge that everyone must take part. In today's era, each one of us can contribute through our eating habits, on lessening the effect of climate change in the planet.
Digital revolution, social media, millennial, equality --- these terms are very common nowadays and if you are not even familiar with these, get out of your cave right now. You can read, hear, and know about it everywhere.
But how about living in sustainability? Does it ring a bell? It is only during the last few years that people began to shift their perspective on sustainability – or the manner of steps taken to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
This was brought about by a series of adverse effects of global warming and climate change. Some advocates especially in social media and in traditional media, highlight the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle.
How can we incorporate sustainability into our eating habits?
According to studies, gearing towards plant-based food and less red meat or processed food is one of the best ways to consume food sustainably. It uses less energy to produce vegetables and fruits and can make more food accessible to different populations in the world.
Another idea is by growing some of your own food sources such as green leafy vegetables and herbs. This way, you contribute to minimizing the use of packaging materials for the production, usage of gas/electricity with few trips to the grocery and subsequently, this will have a domino effect on energy use.
This might be difficult to do for those people living in urban places due to lack of space but still, there are ways to consume food sustainably like reducing your takeaway and bringing your own water container for your beverages.
Eat fruits and vegetables in season. It will be great if your favorite local restaurants or cafés serve food sourced locally. With this, you can be assured that the food you consume does not spend way too many resources when prepared and with less carbon footprint, as they say.
The Benefits For Your Health
Eating sustainably will not only benefit the environment but more so our health as well. Consuming more fruits and vegetables with fewer processed foods and red meat can help us to prevent some diseases. Maintaining a home garden does not only provide food but it is a good form of exercise too.
Eating produce or plant products in season can also contribute to our increased intake of vitamins and minerals from natural foods. Lastly, being conversant with the people around you about the good effects of sustainable eating helps the people be aware of being healthy because of their conscious efforts that resulted from their informed choices.
The Future of Sustainable Living
This movement of living and eating sustainably will get more exposure and popularity in the coming years, and this is what everyone is expected to do. Make it a habit to constantly include the topic in conversations at home, at work, or in school so that awareness will spread and positive-collective action will be created.
When everyone is involved and makes this way of life a trending topic (with positive actions made upfront) we can help to create the world be sustainable on itself and provide more for the generations to come. Live and eat sustainably!