Happy Earth Day!
This coming Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day. In honor of the occasion, we are taking a new angle to our women's health and wellness advice. We are happy to share just 4 simple things that you (and all of us) can do not only on Earth Day but every day to lead a help keep your body healthy and strong and our planet beautiful!
1. Eat organic or local; shop at a Farmers Market (with your reusable bag, of course
By doing this you are:
- Consuming fewer chemicals and pesticides,
- Keeping local farms viable
- Helping to save energy and money in transport (organic food generally travels fewer miles from farm to market)
- Helping your community toward sustainable food security
- Tasting good quality food, who doesn’t want that?
2. Don’t eat meat, or eat less meat.
By doing this you are:
- Being more healthy by reducing the risk of cancer (red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer), heart disease, diabetes, obesity
- Improving your diet with other foods like lentils, legumes, vegetables, fruits, etc.
- Reducing your carbon footprint (the meat industry generates 1/5 of man-made greenhouse gas emissions- that’s more than transportation!)
- Minimizing overall water usage ( ~1800-2500 gallons of water per 1lb beef vs ~220 gallons of water per 1lb soy tofu)
3. Learn a healthy new (but easy) recipe that can be your specialty
This can be your new “thing.” There are so many healthy and easy recipes with few ingredients. You’ll be saving money and it is a step to eating healthier. Almost everything is processed these days, it is hard to pick out something on the menu (besides salad) that is NOT processed.
4. Start an organic garden (It’s not too late)
Ok, planting a garden may be a big step (and hard work) for some but it is worth it. If the task seems daunting to you in terms of time and effort, or you simply were not issued a green thumb at birth, why not think on a smaller scale. Try buying a small basil or mint plant that has already sprouted and is ready to eat. Whole Foods and Wegmans sell all kinds of herb plants for around $3 that are all potted and ready to go. It is definitely a start.
If you don’t know where to start, there are many resources and tips to start your own little garden online. No room in your backyard, or need some inspiration: many New Yorkers (we all know that they are REALLY short on space- check out this fire escape garden) who grow their plants in containers.
In short, anything that you can do large or small to continue this type of “earth-friendly” and healthy lifestyle will be well worth it. All of the fitness/nutrition advice we could ever give means nothing if we don't have a clean, thriving environment in which to live. Little things mean a lot and when you pick the first bunch of basil or a tomato grown from your own "garden" for your eggplant parmesan, the feeling you get (not to mention the fresh taste of your food) will be wonderful and worth it!
So what are you doing in honor of Earth Day 2012 to help us all enjoy this big beautiful ball we live on? Share your best ideas in our comments section below!
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Adapted from an article the originally appeared in Northern VA Magazine by Rebecca Kim