Go Greens! Eat Less Meat.
Like your mother always told you, one of the easiest ways to go green in your home is to eat more vegetables! Believe it or not, the meat industry is the largest industrial polluter of the planet, disposing of millions of tons of precious water, land and natural resources each year.
So the next time you reach for that double cheeseburger, consider the fact that a meat-eating diet requires more than 4000 gallons of water per day. By comparison, a vegetarian diet requires only 300 gallons. Think about bringing more greens into your diet in order to minimize your carbon footprint.
Not ready to give up all of your favorite dishes? Then try becoming a "flexitarian": go vegetarian for just one or two meals per day.
Eat fresher, locally grown vegetables. Vegetables contain valuable nutrients and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Find them at your local farmer’s market, where you can pick up tasty, fresh-picked food grown within a hundred miles of where you live.
Go organic whenever you can. Organic farming is better for the planet than industrial farming because it’s free of harmful toxins like pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones. When digested, these toxins are dangerous to your health and have been linked to degenerative diseases and learning disabilities in children.
Understand the difference between “natural” and “organic” food labeling. The use of the term "all-natural" on food packaging is unregulated by the FDA, and serves primarily as a marketing tool for food manufacturers. To ensure you are eating the cleanest food possible, look for brands with the USDA Certified Organic seal to ensure you’re getting the highest level of organic available (95% or higher).
Learn how to cook a flavorful, organic meal fresh from your home garden by watching our "Organic Mexican Fiesta" episode on www.ConsciousLivingTV.com
Remember, reducing your personal carbon footprint by just 2% each year can help minimize global warming by the year 2050.
If overhauling your entire life to “go green” still feels a little overwhelming, be willing to ask yourself powerful questions and take the time to find out what level of “green” on the continuum works best for your lifestyle, then commit to making a conscious change for the better.
Incorporating just one of these tips on an ongoing basis can actually make a world of difference, so experiment and have fun making your conscious lifestyle work for you!
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