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5 Ways to Make Your Diet Eco-Friendly

Learn five ways to make your diet eco-friendly in this Howcast video featuring Alegre of Green and Greener.


Hi. Alegre from Ember Living, here today to talk about how to green your diet, which is one of my favorite topics, because any time I'm talking about food, I'm super-happy. There's a lot of tips here, because there's a great Ayurvedic saying that loosely translated means, "Bad diet, medicine doesn't help. Good diet, medicine isn't needed." I really, really believe in essentially eating your medicine every day by the food choices that you make. One of the things that you can do that will save you a lot of money and be really good for you body and the planet is to eat local and in-season.

And what does that mean, to eat local? Buy food at your farmer's market or from a CSA. It's called community supported agriculture. There's a great website called where you can go online and find out where the farmer's markets or the CSAs are located near you. And why should you buy this way? Well first of all, it's great on the wallet. You will literally save about 50 to 75 percent off your produce bill by buying directly from the farmer, because it cuts out the middlemen. Secondly, the produce lasts a lot longer, because the farmer has just picked it, either the day before or maybe even that morning, versus when you buy produce in a supermarket, that produce has traveled thousands of miles and is days old, which is why we've all gone to the market, bought something and then found it wilted in our refrigerator a day or two later. So you'll save money. Your produce will last a lot longer.

And there's a certain sense to eating in season. If you think about it, different fruits and vegetables have different minerals, and at different times of the year, you body need different things. So when you're eating in season, you're eating in way that makes sense to your own biological clock. So there might be nutrients that your missing out on if you're not eating squashes and all of those things that are really present in fall and winter. So eat local. Eat seasonal. Also, eat as low on the food chain as you can. The reason why is that the lower you eat on the food chain, the less energy that is put into the food for it to be created. So if you think about it, in order to eat a piece of meat, that meat has to eat a whole bunch of rice or grains or whatever it be in order to grow.

So the lower you eat on the food chain, the more thoughtful you're being about the resources that you're consuming. You can feed a lot more people with 10 pounds of rice than you can with, say, 10 pounds of meat. So think about it that way. If you eat a lot of meat, I would encourage you to consider one day a week going meat-free. It's really great for your body. It's great for your pocketbook, and it's great for the natural resources of the planet. I personally eat mostly vegetarian. I actually call myself a flexitarian, because I will eat meat, but I try and eat it as little as possible, because I just really believe that there are a lot of health benefits to eating lots of fruits and vegetables. My final tip to green your diet is to buy as few packaged products as possible. Highly processed food are just not good for you. They're not nutritious, and they contribute a horrible amount of waste. So learn to cook. If you are intimidated by cooking, I totally understand. I have a great pamphlet and some of my videos on the four recipes that you need ot know in order to feel comfortable around your kitchen. And these four recipes just teach you some basic things, how to make a salad, how to make a soup, how to make a lentil dish, that are so good for your health, and so good for the planet and your pocketbook that they'll really help you in greening your diet. Thanks.

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