Eating Conscientiously

Have you ever once considered changing your eating habits to fit a healthier lifestyle? Who hasn’t, right? It’s my bet, though, that many of you have tried and in the course of [insert short amount of time here], have all but given up.  Dieting is by no means a cakewalk, especially when you live in the United States where unhealthy food is perpetually advertised just about everywhere you look. Dieting is an activity in itself, and just like any other activity we do, practice makes perfect. Have you tried and failed? Well try and try again, because eventually you’ll get the hang of it.  With the ocean of different diets out there, how can you be certain which one is for you? Well only you can be the judge of that, but if you want to help out your body as well as our Mother Earth, I have a few suggestions.

I’m sure you saw this coming, but I’ll start off with the ever popular “Vegetarian Diet.”  Cutting meat from your diet will not only be a healthy alternative for your body, but according to MNN.com can reduce your carbon footprint by a whole ton every year. veg1This comes from the countless resources needed to care for the animals, especially water, which not only is needed for the animals, but for the feed for the animals as well.  If this is too drastic a change for you (it’s admittedly too much for me), try instead a, “Flexitarian Diet,” which is the same as a vegetarian diet except for one simple thing; you’re allowed to cheat.  Now don’t go overboard and cheat every chance you get, but make a conscious effort to only eat meat every now and then. Once a week is a good place to start.

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Well, what if you’re not a learned cook and you just can’t seem to make your veggie meals taste quite right? Easy, go for the “Raw Diet.” This means that the majority of what you eat is uncooked, made up of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Buying packaged (canned or otherwise) food becomes a thing of the past, drastically reducing the waste you produce not only from the plastics and metals you aren’t buying, but think of all the time and energy saved not having to cook.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

What’s great about deciding what will work for you, is that you can mix and match all sorts of different diets that emphasize a low-impact on our planet. It doesn’t have to be a chore, and it certainly doesn’t have to be boring. Challenge yourself to think and eat differently. Be a vegan for a week, just to see if you can. Then switch back over to a Flexitarian diet. Keep in mind that too much of anything can be a bad thing (meat definitely included).  As Marcus Tullius Cicero puts it, “Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.”

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