On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, I thought we'd take a look at a new trend - "diet" that is becoming more and more popular. In case you have not yet discovered it, I want to inform you that there is also the Climatarian Diet, that is, a diet that combines 3 important pillars: health, climate change, and environmental protection. One could say that this diet has a lot in common with the Mediterranean Diet, as well as with the Flexitarian Diet – for which I have talked to you about here. It is very important to understand that one of the main goals of the climatarian diet is to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment. Surely, such a diet and such a way of life are ideal to start protecting both your health and the environment.
Shall we look at it in a little more detail?
Eating food is something that brings us all closer. Don't tell me that when you hear the word food - apart from the image of the food that probably comes to your mind - you do not also think of your family or friends around a table! So, food is part of our culture and something that exists in our daily lives. But the problem begins with the foods we consume to excess. For example, the excessive consumption of red meat - especially lamb and beef - is an important factor that contributes to the reduction of biodiversity.
However, there are ways we can all contribute to making our planet more sustainable. So, here are 10 things most of us can do to help:
1. Shop locally. Buy vegetables and fruits, or other products that you usually consume, from a local producer if it is possible.
2. Choose foods based on their seasonality. You can find out which foods are in season depending on the month either by doing your research online or by taking a look here. You should also prefer products that have a shorter shelf life.
3. Follow a balanced diet. That is, a diet with more vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, and less meat and animal products. This is how you will contribute to the health of the planet but also to your own!
4. Choose options that contribute to less carbon dioxide production. That is, avoid products that, in order to come to our place, need to be transported by plane or some other means of transport that significantly increases carbon dioxide production.
5. Avoid throwing away food. Look for #leftovers recipes with which you can re-cook or reuse the already cooked food in another recipe.
6. Reduce the red meat. Even if each one of us reduces the consumption of meat once a week - and especially red meat and processed products, such as cold cuts - it will have significant effects on the overall consumption of meat which is currently very large.
7. When you eat out, eat in moderation. Have you ever wondered how much food is wasted in restaurants and that maybe- sometimes- we overdo it with what we order? We should pay extra attention not to exaggerate when eating out and not to leave food that will be thrown away! If you can take it with you to eat it the next day, then do it!
8. Grow your own vegetables if possible. This is something creative, stress-relieving, and contributes to our health and to our planet’s as well. Moreover, you should buy organic products as much as possible.
9. Do not exaggerate with fish either. Try to consume fish in moderation and buy sustainable seafood as much as possible.
10. Cook at home. This is definitely the easiest for all of us with so many recipes from akispetretzikis.com! So, cook more homemade food that is healthier and more sustainable, thinking all of the above!
As you understand, the planet needs our protection! By making some more correct and balanced choices and by changing our habits a little, we can all -in our own way- help and contribute to the protection of the planet, to better health, and to the reduction of obesity, by thinking about what is good for ourselves, the planet, those around us, and the next generations. So, think about it… is it so difficult to make this planet more beautiful and more sustainable?
This article was written in collaboration with the scientific advisor-sports nutritionist Anna Maria Volanaki, MSc, BDA, SENr, INDI.
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