What is green eating? It means that you are being mindful about your sustainability, and you are opting for a reusable bag, recycling as well as composing your garbage. Eating green also means that you are also striving to be more sustainable and living a green lifestyle to influence the environment simply by making good food decisions. Since everything has been happening in the world, many people have been realizing how unhealthy their lifestyles are for the environment. Therefore, they are starting to make a change. So, if you are interested in eating green and being more eco-conscious, here are some effective yet simple ways that anyone can do it.
Limit Your Meat Consumption
One of the best and simplest ways you can start having a green diet is by decreasing the amount of meat in your diet, especially when it comes to red meat. One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions is meat production, especially beef production. It is a big deal as there is a rise in transporting livestock. It all requires more land, water and food to keep going than it takes plants. So, if you are looking for a simple thing to make a difference, opt for non-meat proteins during the week. Even if that means that you will eat a plant-based meal once a week, you are making a difference.
Another really simple thing that everyone can do is choose local. There are so many different farmers’ markets where locals will sell their produce, meat as well as different products that are not food-related. It will help with lowering the toxic emissions as well as waste and mass production. And another great benefit is that you will know what you are eating, as the food is organic.
Just like limiting your meat consumption, practising mindful eating is super simple, and everyone has time for it. All you need is goodwill. Always focus on what you are eating and figuring out where your food comes from. Tune in to your hunger signals, and you will avoid wasting food. In many cases, we don’t need as much food as we think we do, so we end up wasting it. By looking at the biggest picture, you can lower your food waste and become a healthier person overall.
Grow Your Produce
If you are looking for a bigger commitment that will make an even greater impact on the environment and your mental and physical health, starting your garden is the way to go. No matter if you are working with a proper garden space or a smaller makeshift space, you can have your produce. One of the best things that you can look into is vertical gardens, particularly the Mr Stacky brand. They are not only space and budget-friendly, but also very eco-conscious and easy to upkeep.
Be Fish Smart
Something that not a lot of people realise is how unsustainable fish is. Many people choose to have pescetarian diets to have a greener diet. But what they don’t know is that some fish are just not eco-friendly. That is why you need to ensure that you know what the best fish is and what some good alternatives are. For instance, maguro aka tuna is much more sustainable than salmon. Another big part of being smart about your fish is knowing where it comes from.
Use Your Tech For Good
We all have smartphones filled with different apps, so why not take them and have them help you to have a green diet. There are so many different apps that will help you determine if your chosen foods are sustainable and organic simply by scanning the barcodes. On top of that, there are so many different apps that will help you come up with recipes and different ways you can recycle, compost etc.
Shop Little And Often
As we have mentioned above, a part of eating a green diet is not wasting food. One of the best ways you can ensure there is no food being wasted in your household is by purchasing only the necessary ingredients for your meals. Also, doing it a couple of times per week rather than shopping for a month at once would be a good idea. It will also save you money while shopping as you won’t purchase unnecessary items. Sopping small and often is something that everyone can do. It will help the environment and your health.
As you can see, being on a green diet is not complicated or impossible. It is something that everyone can do. All you need is the will to make a difference.
Author bio: Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, and her ultimate passion is art and architecture. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.