Over 70 percent of people surveyed are worried that climate change will negatively impact them at some point in their life, if it hasn’t already.
So, how do you fight back against climate change? Well, what you eat might be a good place to start.
Let’s go through how to create and follow a sustainable diet plan.
What Is a Sustainable Diet Plan?
A sustainable diet is one that’s sustainable, one that can continue to sustain human life without having a negative long-term impact on other people or our planet. Sustainable dieters think about how the food manufacturing and growing process can impact our environment when done incorrectly.
Ideally, a sustainable diet also takes into consideration the living conditions and general treatment of all people working in the food industry. Most sustainable diets are diverse, so they don’t put too much pressure on any one type of product.
Examples of Sustainable Diets
Once you know what goes into a sustainable diet, you can start to think about what is realistic for your needs.
Many sustainable diet plans are completely or mostly plant-based. There are a lot of reasons for that, not the least of which is that it’s easier to create a sustainable diet that way.
But, your sustainable diet doesn’t need to exclude meat entirely, particularly if you have health reasons so you need some meat products in your diet. You might just have to work harder to source sustainable meat products.
You may have dietary restrictions or allergies that could make a sustainable diet more difficult. That doesn’t mean it’ll be impossible – it just means that you might have to do a bit more research before you dive into the deep end.
There are also more specific diets that might work for your needs. For example, you might want to learn about liquid based diets.
Best Sustainable Foods
If you’re struggling to put a sustainable diet plan together, you might want to start out by trying out some easy sustainable staples. That way, you can work yourself in slowly.
Most legumes can be found in a sustainably-sourced form, so they’re a good choice if you’re looking for a non-meat protein source.
Small seafood, as a whole, tends to be more sustainable. These include mussels, mackerel, and anchovies.
But when you’re buying seafood, it’s important to do a lot of research into your sources. The seafood industry tends to be particularly rough on its human workers.
Organic fruits and vegetables are also a good thing to add to a sustainable diet. You should also look into produce that is grown in your own community, since that will help support local businesses.
Start Your Sustainable Diet Plan Today
Hopefully, you now understand what a sustainable diet plan is and how to stick to one.
Do you need more diet advice? Some of the other sections on this website may be helpful for you.