March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition is promoting sustainable eating. There are several steps we can begin to take to eat more sustainably. Here are just a few, along with several resources for a deeper look at food sustainability.
By eating more plants, we can reduce water use and deforestation. Try to fill most of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
Healthy Eating Plate | The Nutriton Source
Meat is known to be a large contributor to greenhouse gases, especially beef. Consider choosing more plant-based sources of protein such as legumes and nuts, not only for your health, but for the health of our planet as well.
Select a Variety of Seafoods
Many species of fish and seafood are overfished and overproduced. Try new types of fish that you are not familiar with to help cut down on overfishing.
Explore local farmer’s markets and enjoy eating what is in season locally.
Reduce Food Waste
Plan your meals, use a shopping list, and avoid over buying. Try to purchase foods with minimal packaging and recycle of it as much as you can. Compost any food scraps. When dining out, order only as much as you can eat.
For more resources on sustainable eating:
Eating Sustainable Eating | FoodPrint
Documentaries on sustainable eating:
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
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