What is a diet?
Diet is the kind of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
Diet in terms of nutrition is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organization.
Diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight management reasons.
Most often, when people hear ‘’diet’’ their mind is set on people who want to loose weight. Lets first of all take a break, and cast our minds back to our first introduction to diet in our tender years. Our little minds were taught the word balanced diet? Balanced diet is a diet that gives the nutrients it needs to function correctly.
Diet and nutrition– as earlier mentioned, quite a number of persons, attribute diet to an unpleasant weight-loss management; if you also thought this way you re obviously not alone. Consider the use of diet in marketing food products, it usually describes foods low in calories. Example for drinks such as diet soda. But diet in its entirety is referred to as the food and drink a person consumes daily and the mental and physical circumstances connected to eating. On the other hand nutrition involves more than simply eating a good diet. It is about nourishment on every level. It involves relationship with family, friends, nature (environment, which by the way is our focal point in this piece article) our bodies our community and the world.
We will now look look at what kind of diet and nutrition can impact our environment positively. So we will be looking at eco friendly. Let us understand the term eco friendly diet.
First, what is Eco?
Eco is an abbreviation for ecology the system of relationships between living things and with their environment.
What is friendly? It implies beneficial or not harmful.
It therefore means that eco friendly literally means earth friendly or not harmful to the environment. It is a term commonly used to refer to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. These products also prevent air, water and land pollution
Having the knowledge of diet, nutrition, eco and eco friendly, will help in the understanding of this piece on “eco friendly diet.” Eco friendly diet is a diet or nutrition that is not harmful to the environment.
Our diet, has a big impact on our carbon footprint. Food production alone produces a quarter of global green house gasemissions. Recent studies suggest that animal product accounts for more than half of food related emissions. What you choose to eat affects the ocean, the atmosphere and the land as much as it affects your personal health. When it comes to living a sustainable life, diet plays a big role. According to the Havard T.H Chan school of public health, agriculture is the number 1 planet’s cause of environmental changes, which includes destruction of deserts, forests and damage in oceans and costal reefs. As more people and societies’ knowledge of conservation expands,a lot of persons have begun to embrace sustainability. More than what people give it credit for, Eco friendly living is straight forward; you don’t have to change your diet or nutrition entirely, just to eat green, only make informed decisions on what to buy.
BENEFICIAL TIPS of Eco friendly diets
–Buy direct from the farm: foods that are grown locally in the farmers market, are fresher than those bought in stores and contains more nutrients such as antioxidants and phytoncides, it bypasses the extensive processing that commercial foods undergo to preserve them for transportation. You also would have helped the farmers generate income to enable him grow more foods and keep him in business.
–Consume more plants: Meat consumption in U.S accounts for 42% green house gases.Vegetables produce fewer emissions. Beans, nuts, soy offer high protein alternative to animal products and plant based proteins are cheaper than animal based.
–Eat according to region: Consider your location when it comes to diet. Supporting regional goods cuts down on fossil fuel emissions as you avoid foods transported from long distances and unknown sources.Your ingredients should come from farmers who preserve land through regenerative techniques which promotes biodiversity and soil health for future crops.
–Buy seasonal foods: Eating fruits and vegetables in season lowers the chances of consuming foods that have traveled across countries, helps you spend less and receive them fresh as they haven’t endured chemical exposure.
–Choose minimal packaging: Purchasing unwrapped meats from a local butcher is a lot healthier for the environment. Less packaging means less materials that will end up in landfills and oceans. Records have shown that companies produce about 78 million tons of plastic annually, yet manufacturers and consumers alike only recycle 14% of it. Some companies have experimented packaging made from polymers, bamboo and seaweed. The concept of edible outer wrappings is becoming increasingly popular but it still has a long way to go for mass accessibility.
–Pick reusable options: Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags when shopping. Drink water out of reusuable containers rather than stocking up water in plastic bottles. It has been observed that 9 million tons of unrecycled plastics end up in the oceans every year and grocery bags contribute to this pollution. You can reduce plastic packaging by serving meals in leaves.
In conclusion, to achieve a healthy and eco friendly diet, we must understand that the environmental and health consequences of what we eat are complex. While a plant based diet is overall best for health and environment, moderate amounts of animal foods can still be a part of our nutrition (to balance the diet), depending on how they are produced.
More so, keep in mind that your carbon footprint is based on other variables besides your food consumption, such as how you heat your home, how much electricity and gasoline you use, how often you travel by air and how you handle your garbage…
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