You’ve heard, “You are what you eat.” It’s true.
There has been a big shift in awareness around what we eat, which is awesome. A lot of folks, and a lot of people I work with, already ‘eat clean’ when they start out with me. However, most people think about the impact of food on their bodies and not as much about the impact on climate change.
I believe, and maybe you agree, a clean diet is choosing food that is vibrant and sustainable for you and the planet.
So, below is a simple 4-step guide you can start today!
The reason I am focused on carbon is because carbon dioxide emissions are the largest contributor to human-induced global warming, and, therefore, are one of the most critical things to watch. The US is the SECOND largest contributor (15%) world wide and FOOD is a big part of that. According to John Hopkins, our food system is 83% responsible for human contribution to global warming.
Low Carbon Planet Based Balanced way to eat for the rest of your life
1. D.ITCH meat and dairy
(Sorry cheese lovers!) This is a hard one for some but I promise you will feel better when you quit the meat. Beef, especially a cheese burger, is no longer for dinner. Cut out (or way down) on red meat and dairy. Livestock farming contributes 20-50% of all human emissions. Meat takes a lot more energy to grow, kill, transport and refrigerate.
One study reports that 1 serving of beef gives off 6 pounds of carbon dioxide!
Let’s Engage with the environment here- Think about how a burger makes its way onto your plate. First, clear cutting the rain forest.
70% of the deforestation of the Amazon is because of clear cutting the rain forest to make room for cattle ranches.
Second, raising and feeding the cow, which means lots of grass, grains for food and a lot of methane as they digest it. Slaughter houses are horrific and also take a lot of energy. Then, their transport across the country, or globe, requires a lot of gas and refrigeration. Of course then comes refrigeration in the store, and then add on what is thrown out because of spoil rates. Once you buy it you have to refrigerate it at home and use energy (the stove) to cook it. About 20% of food gets thrown out after your kids or guests don’t eat it. . . all this contributes to the carbon load of a cow. Or a lamb. Or a piggy.
If you are a meat eater this might not be easy. But it will lead to a sense of greater ease.
I promise after a time of transition you won’t miss it. Or if you do, you will know the larger consequences. That makes it easier.
It’s similar to thinking about the impact of eating something you want because it’s tasty BUT you know it isn’t healthy for you. Animal products (especially meat and cheese) are not healthy for you. It’s creating pollution, which is poisoning your lungs and suffocating the planet.
2. I.NCLUDE Plants! Veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, (some) nuts and seeds.
Following a natural whole-food plant-planet based diet is the best way to go low-carbon.
Plants are awesome because they are terrific for you and your family. The more you eat them, the more you learn all the incredible ways to prepare them. One reasons we are so hooked on meat is that it has been marketed to us as the center of the meal. You know ‘the protein’ of the plate is a big chunk of animal flesh and the rest are “sides.” Which usually means soggy, greasy, or an under-seasoned afterthought.
Veggies are delicious, you can get your protein needs met easily, and there are some great resources! Grab a vegetarian cookbook or look up some Veggie forward meals.
Most of what you like about meat (if you eat it) is the seasoning and fat. I encourage people who work with me to use full fat coconut milk, creamy avocados and all the spices you love!
And these delicious delights are way easy to get plastic free and will save you money !
1. Break up with Plastic by taking your reusable bags to the store, pop those veggies in, hit up the bulk section for some beans, lentils, rice, nuts and you are set to jet.
2. Save money buying bulk. Beans and rice are pennies to the dollar pound for pound if you get them uncooked. Plus, they taste better. Plus it doesn’t come in a can.
All that said, go with the can or the box if this seems overwhelming! Just get more plants on your plate!
This step will make your meals more enjoyable and pleasurable and leave you feeling satisfied and alive!
Just Eat. No TV. No phones. No nothing (except for maybe some calming music). Eat and be mindful when you do. This means be PRESENT with what you are eating— Smell your food, taste your food, ENJOY it!
We over consume because we are not present with what is going into our mouths and this is one of the most incredible delicious sensations of life! Indulge your senses and be present.
4. T.RASH only TRASH.
This means don’t throw out things that could be . . .
1. Consumed tomorrow or some time later
35 million tons of food are wasted in the United States each year. YIKES!
The average American throws away 300 lbs. of food per year. More than 20 lbs. of food is wasted per person every month in the United States. In an 80 year life that about a quarter million pounds wasted!
We are throwing away money!
The average American household throws away $2,200 of food each year. What could you do with that money?!? For one, you could join me at one of my Sensational Retreats and have a life-changing transformation.
So to wrap it up:
D.ITCH the meat and cheese.
I.NCLUDE plants! Veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and spices.
E.AT and fully be present- Enjoy! YUMMY!
T.RASH only trash, save left-overs and please compost scraps.
If you are the kind of person who likes to get more detailed facts and figures on all this please check here are 3 Resources for you to check out!
Here is a quiz (New Yorker) to estimate your food’s carbon footprint (super short)
Here is another GREAT interactive (most) questions answered from the New Yorker SO good for questions like “What about Grass fed beef?” or “Does Organic matter?”
Foods Carbon Footprint is a great way to find out what foods to eat and how to cook them. There is a really SIMPLE CHART you can reference if you chose to eat meat (or need a reason not to)
This will feel like a burden and take will-power if you are not inhabiting your body, connected to your heart, and have a clear WHY.
If you are ready to transform, I can guide you. People who have gone through the sensational practices I teach are joy-filled and alive in their bodies. They are connected to nature. This should be a pleasurable experience. Not a burden.
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Let me know how your journey creating a Balanced Low Carbon Planet Based diet is going! What’s working? What’s holding you up?
Tread lightly, and love FULLY! Be a Warrior not a Worrier!