Do you love food? Do you want to eat better? You might think that eating well means getting your five a day and making sure you are getting all those important vitamins and nutrients. That is definitely part of eating better, but we think it is just as important to be a socially conscious consumer when it comes to food. That means eating sustainably and doing our part to ensure a bright future for the earth and future generations.
Recently, the EAT-Lancet Commission on food, planet, and health set the goal to achieve a healthy and sustainable diet that could feed the nearly 10 billion people that will inhabit the earth by 2050. Obviously, eating sustainably is a significant benefit to the planet, but what are the other smaller scale benefits? Let’s check out the five benefits of eating sustainably.
1. Decrease Your Food Budget
Food is vital to every one of us. It sustains us throughout the day and plays a major role in our health. There is a common misconception that eating sustainably has to break the bank, but that just isn’t the case when you shop smart.
By buying foods in their whole form, in season, and directly from the farmer or supplier, you will find that you can make a saving on your weekly grocery bills. Major supermarkets rely on their convenience, but if you take a minute to dig deeper, you can reap the benefits in both food freshness and price.
2. Become Part of the Community
We are all looking for that sense of belonging in life. One of the best ways to feel like you are part of something is by getting involved in the area where you live and becoming part of the local community.
Although there are many ways you can get involved in the local community, one of the simplest ways is by eating more sustainably. When you buy locally grown produce, you support local farmers and producers who have been part of the community for years. As you get to know the other members of your community, you can also build meaningful connections. Through these connections and friendships, you can share tips and tricks and help each other make your community a more sustainable place to live.
3. Develop Your Cooking Skills
When we buy from larger suppliers and major supermarkets, we can often let laziness get the better of us. You might be tempted to buy ready-made frozen meals, pre-chopped vegetables, and pre-prepared salads. This isn’t the case when it comes to buying more sustainable food.
When you consume more whole foods and fresh produce, you will find yourself encouraged to try new recipes, practice those cooking techniques and find more enjoyment from food preparation. Just think of becoming a better cook as part of your journey.
4. Support the local Economy
As we previously mentioned, it is hugely beneficial to become a part of your community, but without a thriving local economy, it is difficult to see your community grow. Thankfully, by eating sustainably, you can also help champion the local economy.
By supporting the local food supply chain, you should begin to see that food growing and distribution will provide more jobs in the area, which will help boost the local economy. Furthermore, all the revenue generated by the local businesses will most likely be reinvested into other local businesses. Therefore, making this small change to the way you buy and the food you eat can have hugely positive ramifications for the area where you live.
5. Eat Healthily
We said that eating well wasn’t just eating healthier, but this is an inevitable beneficial by-product of such a life change. When you start eating more sustainably, you can’t help but introduce more variety into your diet and consume more locally produced fruits and vegetables.
Cutting down on the amount of meat you consume is also a big part of eating more sustainably. You have probably heard all the headlines about how eating meat is highly unsustainable and damaging to the environment. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go completely vegetarian. Simply replace some meat with your choice of sustainably sourced seafood and enjoy a far healthier alternative. There has never been a better time to make a change in your eating habits — eat sustainably and enjoy all the benefits that come with your newfound lifestyle choice.