adventures in living a greener life !
If only eating green were as easy as going to a farmers' market, buying organic, and reusing that shopping tote at the grocery store.
While those things get you off to a good start, there are many other ways to shop, cook and dine out that can have a more meaningful impact on our environment.
These 15 tips will help cut down on landfill, pesticide use, overfishing, and the consumption of fossil fuels. They will also slow down the depletion of the ozone layer, encourage the humane treatment of livestock, improve the welfare of workers, reduce toxic chemicals in your home, and likely make you healthier along the way.
Where Do I/You Fit In?
Some people follow a "vegetarian" diet, but there's no single vegetarian eating pattern. Here are some descriptions of the different eating "styles" associated with vegetarian diets. It is likely you could easily slide right in to one of these categories!
The vegan or total vegetarian diet includes only foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds and nuts.
The lactovegetarian diet includes plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products.
The ovo-lactovegetarian (or lacto-ovovegetarian) diet also includes eggs.
The pescatarian doesn't eat red meat but includes fish with plant foods, dairy products and eggs.
Semi-vegetarians don't eat red meat but may include free range and organic fed chicken and fish with plant foods, dairy products and eggs.
While our family still falls short of these categories, we try to have meatless meals at least a few times a week and when we do consume meat, I try to follow these guidelines:
If you’re going to eat meat, fish, poultry and dairy products, you should attempt to choose those that are grass-fed, organic, and pasture-raised. Eating these are less environmentally damaging, more ethical and likely healthier for you because you’re avoiding the antibiotics and toxics that end up in many conventionally-raised livestock.