Eat and Drink With The Planet In Mind!

In honor of Earth Day, April is the perfect time to start becoming more mindful of not only what ingredients you eat but where your food comes from and how it’s made. Start to consider the consequences food may have not only on your body and mind, but on the world around you. Here are three easy but major small changes that will go a long way!

1. Choose local when you can. Eating locally grown foods is one of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint in regards to what you eat. Because local food does not have to travel very far, the system of transporting it is better for the environment. Less carbon is released into the atmosphere by trucks, boats and planes than if the food had to travel across the country or around the world. Also, local food tends to be fresher and is packed with nutrients.

2. Buy your own reusable water bottle. Millions of tons of plastic are used to make billions of plastic water bottles every single year. Invest in a great reusable BPA free water bottle. I like to tell my clients to find one with a straw and think of it as an adult version of a sippy cup. It’s fun, sustainable and makes staying hydrated easy!

3. Channel your inner farmer. You don’t have to be born with a green thumb to learn how to grow your own food. Growing your own produce is becoming more popular for a reason. It’s fun, easy to learn, inexpensive and you know exactly where your food comes from! If you can, start to grow the food in your yard or join a community garden.

Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN


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