If there is one thing I know, it’s that living sustainably is not straightforward. I’m often wondering, do I buy this or that? Should I eat this or that? What is going to have the best and worst impact on the planet? How can I live a lifestyle that is 100% sustainable? The answer is simple, do your best.
We can all take steps in the right direction with good information to back it up. We can stop, think and act with sustainability in mind. We can filter everything we do through that lens of eco-kindness, circularity and positive impact. Our decisions are absolutely critical and can truly shape the world around us for the better.
Where to begin? Here are 3 steps you can take to craft more sustainable meals for the people you love.
1. Set “the table” for your meal both figuratively and physically
Focus on your intention for gathering. To start your work day? To enjoy a healthy lunch? Or, to bring your family closer together in the evening? Be grateful for whatever the reason. Also, consider the different aspects of your settings. For example, using cloth napkins, rather than paper napkins or paper towels, demonstrates dedication to living a sustainable lifestyle.
2. Purchase local, regional and/or organic foods when possible.
Local and organic foods, and free range and naturally fed animals, taste better. Plus, buying them supports your regional economy. Purchasing even one of these items can make a difference. Baby steps can lead to bigger steps on your journey towards a more sustainable world.
3. Ingest mindfully and consider eating less meat.
Take a few moments to enjoy your food and eat with a purpose, and you’ll most likely feel satisfied. And, try adding a little less meat to your plate and opt for healthy vegetable sides. After all, the meat industry is the number one source of methane gas, a major contributor to climate change, and a meat-based diet depletes natural resources.
Did you find any of these tips helpful? If so, let us know in the comments!