This is a guest post by Claudia Cocci Grifoni
What is Sustainable Living?
Living sustainably means trying to minimize the use of the earth’s natural
resources to ensure the health of the environment and the wellbeing of
present and future generations. In fact, the future of our world and our species
depends on how carefully and strategically we use of the
resources available to us today.
Committing to a sustainable lifestyle is not an easy step. It requires
dedication, education and change of habits. Is it worth it? Indeed.
One of the many ways to make our lifestyle more environmentally friendly is
choosing sustainable food.
Why sustainable food is important?
As the world’s population is rapidly expanding, we cannot have a secure food
supply unless it’s sustainable. We often don’t realize how much food
production places a huge demand on natural resources. The greenhouse gas
emissions caused by human activities is contributing to climate change by
warming the Earth’s atmosphere at a rate that is unprecedented in human
history. Working toward a sustainable food supply is essential to avoid
disastrous effects, but it won’t be achieved without a change in the way our
food is produced.
So what we put on our plates has a huge impact on the environment,
therefore eating more mindfully and sustainably improves not only our health
but it also benefits the planet.
There are many reasons to incorporate sustainable food into your lifestyle and
here are few of them:
It’s more flavourful as it’s local and picked closer to its pick of ripeness
It’s grown with less toxic pesticides and without hormones or antibiotics
It’s not genetically modified or irradiated
It supports local economies
It generates less waste
Tips for Sustainable Eating:
Prioritize plant-based ingredients. This will help reduce freshwater
withdrawals and deforestation. Also if we eat fruits and vegetables at
recommended levels, farmers would grow a lot more of these foods.
If you don’t want to fully switch to a plant-based diet, try to minimize
dairies, meat and fish and buy them organic. For example meat
production, especially beef, is one of the predominant contributors to
greenhouse emissions and it requires more food, water and energy
Look for non-GMO products.
Look for and support more environmentally friendly food sources. Buy
seasonal organic products and from local farmers markets to find fresh
produce and learn where your food was grown.
Learn about the issues surrounding fair trade, fair wages for workers
and community economics
Prepare your meals and reduce or eliminate processed food from your
Minimize overeating by resizing your meal and reduce food waste. We
often need much less food than we think.
No matter if you can’t be 100% sustainable, every little action can make a
What is Mindful Eating?
Eating is one of the most natural and pleasurable activities of our life.
Although, there are so many different ways to do it. One of the most powerful,
rewarding and unfortunately uncommon is mindful eating.
Mindfulness is a form of Buddhist meditation practice that involves paying
non-judgmental attention to the present moment, feelings and thoughts in
order to awaken the internal and external experience.
Applied to eating, mindfulness is having small bites, chewing slowly,
appreciating colors, flavors, textures and smell of food.
Mindful eating is not a diet but a beautiful way of experiencing your meals,
which helps to feel more satisfied and to get rid of guilt and anxiety.
Tips for Mindful Eating:
Pay attention and appreciate your food.
Reflect on where your food came from.
Engage your senses: notice colors, positions, smells, textures and flavors
Eat and chew slowly.
Get rid of distractions (eg. watching TV or reading).
Eat until you are satisfied and not until you are full. Make few pauses, learn to
listen to your body and ask yourself “Do I really need more food?” Sometimes
we mistake emotional signals for physical hunger and we don’t need as much
food as we think.
Notice how food affects your body and feeling after having it.
Eat to promote health and wellbeing as a form of self-appreciation.
Research about optimal nutrition and learn what type of ingredients and
combinations are best to nourish your body.
Learn to prepare your meals and play with the ingredients to make it more
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