The health of our planet depends on our ability to make sustainable choices today. There are many things you can do to contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, but let’s focus specifically on sustainable eating habits to get started. Before we get to the tips, let’s first define what “sustainable eating” means. Simply put, sustainable eating means implementing the right eating habits and choices for sustainable living. A sustainable diet helps us make better use of our natural resources by reducing the number of resources we need to grow our food. In general, it focuses on reducing our carbon footprint and reducing the overall environmental impact.
Everyone wants to change their lifestyle for the better, but many do not know where to start. Even if you know where to start, you may not be sure of “why”. Many people take these sustainable habits as a hobby, but without real motivation for sustainable living, this passion quickly disappears.
As a result, if you want to lead a sustainable life for yourself, your loved ones and our society, you must start making active decisions and change your lifestyle choices regularly. So, let’s get immersed in understanding some of the eating habits that every family can take to save the planet.
Eat a plant rich diet: Plant foods should be the focus of an environmentally responsible, long-term diet, which means you should eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lemons and whole grains. This does not mean that you cannot eat any meat; You need to limit your intake to a few servings per week.
Buy local and organic products: Invest to buy local and organic products. There are several locations where you can find local, organic fruits and vegetables. Prices may be a little higher, but you know your money is helping a local farmer, helping the environment and protecting them from the dangerous pesticides and chemicals sometimes found in so-called fresh farm products. And most importantly, don’t forget to “buy what you need” instead of storing it unnecessarily.
পরিবেশ Use eco-friendly cooking utensils: Our kitchen has an abundance of plastic jars, utensils, cutlery, garbage bags and other items and their use is increasing. Plastic not only harms the environment, it also harms our health. Therefore, it is advisable to use steel, glass or copper instead which is safe, durable and environmentally friendly. For example, earthenware pots can be used to store water or mortar pastels, or stone grinders can be used to make sauces instead of grinders.
Buy less processed foods: Choosing sustainable food is the first step in a sustainable lifestyle. Change from processed and packaged foods as it is harmful and causes serious health problems and lacks nutritional value because it contains unhealthy amounts of added sugars, sodium, fats and other preservatives. Instead, switch to eating fresh and organic foods that are not only healthy but also nutritious because they contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and so make a healthy part of your diet.
Increase your diet: Purchasing locally produced food from a farmer’s market or nearby grocery store is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, but making your own food takes it to the next level. By growing up on your own, that means you are in complete control. You can decide what goes into your plants and your soil. Growing your food biologically is not only environmentally friendly but also enriches your land using safe and natural fertilizers.
Reduce food, water, and resource wastage: There are many approaches to enhancing sustainable waste management, but the four R’s of trash – reduction, recycling, recycling, and recovery – are usually followed. For example, there are apparent measures to reduce food wastage, such as buying only stocks and supplies that you will use. Start by using recyclable bags, which are often strong enough and have a greater capacity to reduce common trash and then recycle unwanted waste.
Compost, compost, compost! You can consider composting as a waste management solution because it reduces air, water and land pollution as well as allows the processing of biodegradable waste components. It contains plenty of water, which helps to prevent decay and create better plants, especially if you have an organic kitchen, but even if you don’t, you should try to grow your own microgreens.
It is not just a matter of eating less meat or buying organic products to achieve sustainability. A completely sustainable diet is healthy and good for the environment. It’s about making personal decisions and building healthy eating habits.
In short, eating sustainably, choosing sustainable products, and using resources responsibly while being perishable is a key pillar that allows you to live a sustainable life and always remember – every little step counts!
– Article by Lovelyn Kaur, Co-Founder and Chief Dietitian, Diet Insight.