For most of our lives, we try to maintain a nutritious and healthy diet. But do you think that eating healthy and nutritious diet makes it sustainable also? As consumption of resources increases, sustainable living is becoming more meaningful and so is the idea of sustainable diet. Sustainable diets can be defined as those diets that has low environmental impacts and contributes to food and nutrition security for a healthy life for present and future generations. The idea of sustainable eating is not new however it is a complex idea. However, with minimum efforts it is possible to maintain a sustainable diet. Here is how you can:
1. Eat locally and seasonally
One of the best ways of starting to eat sustainability is by eating locally grown products and encourage eating seasonal produce. The energy cost for the produce and the transportation can be saved along with encouraging minimal usage of fertilizers.
2. Less animal products
Eating a vegan diet at least once in week can make animal resources go a long way. More resources are needed to produce meat based food. Cutting them off also cuts down the carbon footprint. Meat can be replaced with other high protein food like pulses, beans and grains.
3. Use whole wheat grain
Whole wheat grain is not only healthy and contains more nutrients, but is also less resource intensive that the refined one’s. Go for whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat cereals. Using brown rice instead of white is also a good step to be taken.
4. Waste less
We are taught in our childhood to not waste food and this lesson holds value even today. Cook only the amount you can consume. This saves a lot of resources and may be would even give a chance for someone else to enjoy a meal.
Sustainability is the driving force for the millennial generation and they are making it implement in every form possible. Dieting is the exemplary.