We live in a time where consumers are more aware of where their food comes from than ever before. It is this, with growing concerns for our environment, that has contributed to the sustainable movement gathering momentum. But what does it all really mean?
Without getting into it too much, as it stands, food production as we experience it now does not satisfactorily meet the nutritional needs of many and relies on the use of fossil fuels, chemicals and long distance transport.This method of food production is not sustainable – for the environment or our health.
In terms of your diet, sustainability is easily achieved. All you need is some inspiration, a little knowledge and a whole lot of real food. Try following these five tips to a sustainable diet to get you started!
- Consume mostly fruit and vegetables: full of nutrients and vitamins, fruit and vegetables form the foundation of a healthy and balanced diet. Feel like something sweet? Grab a piece of fruit. Always feel hungry? Beef out your meals with as many side dishes of vegetables required until you are content. Accept the challenge of adding something green to every one of your meals this week!
- Shop locally: get to know where the best farmer’s markets are in your area! Shopping locally and consuming mostly locally sourced foods really cuts down the environmental impact of your foods – think about how much energy and resources can be saved by not trucking or shipping items across the country or world!
- Eat seasonally: ensuring that your meals are planned around what is in season will, again, mean that your grocery items can be sourced locally. Better yet, there is not much that beats fresh, wholesome foods – delish!
- Grow what you can: completely cut down on the distance your food travels to get to your plate – grow it yourself! If you do not have the room, or are new to gardening, start small. How about you try growing a few herbs on your windowsill today.
- Avoid processed foods: as mentioned about, processed foods use chemicals, fossil fuels in their production and often travel a fair distance to get to you. A good rule to live by is if it comes in packaging there is probably a more sustainable option for you.