It can be difficult to adjust your eating habits. Whether cake, cookies, or a drink with dinner, your guilty pleasures are too ingrained in your everyday life. This means that any attempt to shift your habits usually fails. But, while a wholesale change is difficult, you can make other adjustments, and one of the most effective, and even easy, is to eat more sustainably. How does one eat more sustainably, though?
Focus On a Plant-Based Diet
This might sound like a big step for beginners, but y7ou8 don’t need to throw all of your bacon and chicken thighs out in favor of eggplants and spinach. However, you can start to incorporate plant-based alternatives into your diet. Opting for a bean-based meal, rather than a ground meat one can offer the same texture, and with the right spices, you'd hardly recognize a difference. You can begin by doing one meal a week (let’s say Meat-Free Mondays), and then gradually adding more as you become more familiar and more ambitious with your creations.
Ditch the Supermarkets
Supermarkets might be more convenient, but the packaging and transportation process is far from sustainable, no matter what they might claim. Instead, it’s best to go to the source. Your local butcher, farm store, or companies like Marbled Meats are all excellent options. If you can’t cut meat entirely out of your diet for health reasons (or just aren't ready to say goodbye yet), this can help you do your part to eat more sustainably, and you should be able to find fruit and veg here, too.
Look For Waste-Less Food
Waste-less food is anything that doesn’t leave packaging or inedible or unusable pieces once you have finished with it. If you know what you’re doing, any food can be considered wasteless. You can throw banana skins and apple cores into the compost heap. You can plant bell pepper seeds to grow more peppers and have a continuous source. Where you can, make sure you don’t throw away pieces of food that you won#t use just because you can’t eat it. Instead, get creative or look for advice on how to best dispose of these leftovers sustainably.
Avoid Fatty Foods
For many, fatty foods are the bane of their diet. No matter how strong you think you are, it can be impossible to resist a quick bag of chips or a candy bar. But, these leave waste, and the production process is hardly good for the planet. So, what if there were snacks or brunch options that also adhered to sustainable practices? The good news is that there is. You may need to look a little harder, or you can make these snacks in your own kitchen, as at least then you’ll know what is in them, and you can avoid the overly processed nature of everyday snacks.
Yes, habits can be challenging to change, but making minor adjustments one step at a time will make everything much easier. With each step you take, you will start to eat more sustainably. This has a dramatic effect on your health and the environment.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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