1. Reduce your meat and dairy intake and replace with plant-based proteins like beans and nuts. Animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses, so this is one of the greatest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Even one day a week of complete vegetarian fare can make a difference. It’s a perfect time of year for a veggie burger! Lentils, in particular, are the lowest greenhouse gas contributors. Make a lentil dal, pate, salad, or, even, yes, chocolate lentil muffins.
2. Support eco-friendly and more sustainable and regenerative farming practices by buying local or organically grown when possible. Strong research shows that pesticides and fertilizers can have damaging effects on soil healthy, surrounding eco-systems and our water supply. If accessible, visit a Farmer’s Market in your neighborhood or seek out the “organic” sign on foods at your grocery store. It may cost a few extra bucks, but the money you save from eating less meat may help to cover some of that.
3. Consume your beverages in reusable cups, mugs, and bottles. Americans throw away millions of paper cups and plastic bottles yearly which means more trees cut down, gallons of water wasted and more garbage generated. Purchase a festive refillable container for staying hydrated on the go, and next time you head to your local coffee shop or plan for leftovers at a restaurant, bring your own container. You might just save a dime here and there. Whenever possible, recycle.
Your food choices matter. Mother Earth tips her hat to you in gratitude.
Curious about our free “Quick Start Guide” to help you maximize your health potential? Download here!