1. Buy local produce; imported food has a very high carbon footprint, just from transportation to where you buy it (eating an imported vegan diet actually has a higher carbon footprint than eating a local omnivorous diet...)
2. Choose paper over plastic wrapping; buying foods that are packaged in biodegradable packaging, or even better, compostable, saves on a lot of plastic
3. Buy nude food; lots of veggies are sold without wrapping, by choosing this over the pre-packed, not only do you save on plastic, but its often cheaper too. Examples are bunches of carrots or kale, or large loose items like whole cabbages.
4. Carry your own produce bags; buying lots of small veggies that are nude might be a problem, skip the plastic and take your own reusable bag (mine are in the photo).
5. Other reusable items; carry bamboo or glass straws, reusable shopping bags, reusable cutlery and cups for takeaways.
6. Store food in reusable containers; don't use cling wrap or single use plastic bags to store your food. Use jars, tupperware, old tubs, wax wraps or tins.
7. Buy in bulk; larger quantities of food means less small containers. For example, instead of buying coffee in little pods, buy large containers, instead of single use yogurts, buy large tubs and transfer into small reusable containers for on-the-go use.
8. Grow your own! A veggie garden pretty much gives your food a negative carbon footprint, no transport, no packaging, and plants absorb carbon!
Whole foods are any foods that are minimally processed, with no parts added or subtracted. For example, an egg that has been cooked is still a whole food, but wheat that has been refined and the bran removed, is no longer whole. Making whole foods a part of your lifestyle means eating real, natural, unprocessed foods. This includes fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fresh meat, milk and eggs.
Here are three recipes for a whole day of whole food:
Breakfast: Baked eggs with peas and sun dried tomatoes
Lunch: One pan lentils, veg and pork
Supper: Couscous with pan fried veg, pumpkin seeds and honey balsamic drizzle
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I am a registered dietitian, and this is my blog.
Please don't see it as anything other than a blog; general information, snippets that I find interesting, and recipes that I enjoy. It is not meant to replace individual healthcare from myself or other healthcare professionals.