While some might interpret mindful eating as counting the number of times a single bite is chewed or focusing on the meal instead of the television, we believe that mindful eating extends far beyond the plate. If you’ve been looking for another reason to give “meatless Mondays” a shot, look no further than just beyond your window. What we eat and where we find our food is directly associated to the state of the environment. Poor dietary choices can produce harmful effects on the ecosystem. By making environmentally friendly food choices, we help protect the natural resources that helped provide the meal in the first place, and here’s how!
- Buy Local – Whether it’s at the farmer’s market or local grocery store, this generally means less wasted energy on unnecessary transportation of goods in addition to the preservatives necessary to keep food fresh on the long commute.
- Buy Seasonally – Eating food when it’s in season means fewer, if any, harmful chemicals or additives necessary to produce the food. You’ll probably also find that food when it’s in season has a better flavor and will generate a healthier digestion.
- Eat Your Veggies – These should fill your plate…and often. Not only is produce low in calories and high in nutrients and vitamins, but far fewer natural resources are needed for the production of fruits and vegetables in comparison with the animal husbandry & meat production industries.
- Try It Raw – While not every food needs to be eaten raw, eating raw is a great way to cut down your energy bill. Chomp on some crunchy veggies instead of boiling, sauteing, or roasting them!
- Recycle – If you aren’t recycling by now, you need to get with the times. But we mean more than just tossing the can in the right bin. Take your own bags to the grocery store, and when you bring that produce home, use the whole vegetable! Beet greens are great sauteed or in a salad and the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower make great dippers for hummus.
- Drink from the Tap – Carry your own water bottle and drink from the tap to cut down on unnecessary plastic and shipping of bottled water. The water from the faucet in most areas is held to much stricter safety guidelines than bottled water.
Eating and buying local fosters a more sustainable environment while simultaneously creating a healthier diet and local economy. Eat sustainably – your body and the environment will thank you.