Feeding the Planet
From the research that I have done so far, here is a simple list of things that I have decided to factor into my diet which I believe will not only help to improve health, but also will help to sustain the planet. These are conclusions that I have come to after countless hours trawling information on the internet and talking to people whose opinions I respect. Remember – I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, this is all just stuff that makes sense to me. I welcome your thoughts and comments!
- Where possible, eat your food raw. Raw, living food has higher levels of nutrients and enzymes which are helpful to your body.
- Eat local foods! Few things on the planet have such a high carbon cost as when we ship food around the planet. Try to eat locally produced, seasonal foods.
- Eat unprocessed, whole foods.
- Eat less meat. Over-farming of animals has extremely high environmental impact. Cutting down the amount of meat, while increasing the quality of meet that you buy will help free up land for other agriculture, or even just better treatment of animals.
- Eat free-range, organic meat and eggs from pasture-feed animals.
- With milk and dairy, try to eat full-fat milk products from pasture-feed cows. This includes raw milk, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses.
- Avoid buying products with numbers. If you can’t read and understand every ingredient that is on the label of a product, you probably don’t want to put it in your body.
- Filter your water! It is unbelievable what is put in our tap water nowadays. If possible, source your water from a natural spring – after all, what you drink today will be your blood tomorrow. A great website for this is ‘find a spring‘.
- Avoid ALL refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup. Instead, try to use natural sweeteners in moderation such as raw honey, maple syrup and stevia.
- Keep well clear of artificial food additives such as aspartame and MSG – these are neurotoxins and the people that are putting them in food (in my opinion) should be imprisoned. Please make sure you check the label of whatever you buy.
I will put up a more comprehensive food page at a later date and add to it as I learn more. As part of the project I will be posting videos on food, and also how to grow your own. There is something really rewarding about paying attention to what you eat. Our food is a direct link between us and the planet. We have forgotten in many ways that we are a part of this eco-system and through a disconnection with our food and our bodies, we have also become more disconnected with the planet.