13 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

Happy Earth Day! I wanted to share with you a few ways you can eat healthier and help save the earth at the same time! Can’t get much better than that!

1. Buy Organic Whenever Possible


·    Organic food is made without pesticides and are not genetically modified.

·    It is better for us, the soil, the environment, and is more sustainable compared to conventional farming.

Make buying organic more affordable by using coupons and waiting until things go on sale. I once got bags of organic frozen vegetables for $1 each. You bet I bought a ton of them!

The Dirty Dozen– These are the foods with the highest amounts of pesticides.


If you are on a tight budget but want to buy some organic produce this is a great place to start.
·    Celery
·    Peaches
·    Strawberries
·    Apples
Domestic blueberries
·    Nectarines
·    Sweet bell peppers
·    Spinach, kale and collard greens
·    Cherries
·    Potatoes
·    Imported grapes
·    Lettuce
2. Choose Local Produce:

·    Food has to travel less distance using less gas.


·    Usually picked the day or day before making it fresher and more nutritious


·    Usually use more sustainable practices


3. Shop local farmers markets

4. Join a Community Supported Agriculture


Supports local farmers


Many are organic just have to ask


Visit https://www.localharvest.org/csa/ to find a CSA near you!


5.Grow a garden


Don’t have room? Use containers


Cheaper, can be organic, full of nutrients, uses very little energy to produce.


6. Choose Whole Foods Over Processed Foods


Process foods

Foods that have been altered from its natural state


·    Processed foods are usually higher in fat, salt, and sugar.


·    Contains many food additives, artificial colors, hydrogenated oils (trans fat) are bodies do not need.


·    Usually lack nutritional value


·    Shipped long distances creating a larger carbon footprint


Use a lot of fossil fuels to produce

Whole Foods


·    Unprocessed or less processed and usually use less energy to produce


·    Contains more nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidant


·    Have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases.


·    Ex) Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds

7. Use reusable bags
When you go to the grocery store don’t forget your reusable bags! You can even get reusable fruit and vegetable bags. I got these for Christmas and I love them!
8. Bike or Walk to the Store
Do you live close to a grocery store or farmers market? How about walking? Not only will you get exercise but you will also save money on gas. This is one thing we are looking for when we buy a house
9. Eat Out Less
Not only are you wasting gas driving to pick it up but that food took a lot of engineering and power to create.
Plus its anything but natural! (for fast food that is)
10. When you do eat out look for more sustainable restaurants!
They are becoming more and more common. Here in Southern Illinois we have a few!
11. Buy free range, grass fed, organic, and local raised meat and eggs as much as possible
Have you ever seen what commercial beef, dairy, and chicken farms do to their poor animals? Its terrible and as stewards of this land we are responsible for the meat, dairy, and eggs we buy!
12. Eat Less Meat!
Yep sorry but meat production takes a lot of energy to produce. If its conventionally raised meat it makes a lot of waste and a lot of grain to feed a cow compared to a fruit of vegetable.

Make vegetarian meals a couple nights a week. You can get protein from beans, nuts, legumes, and some other sources. You don’t need to eat meat everyday.

I thought of one more after I published this!

13. Start a compost
I keep a bowl in our fridge and throw any food scraps we have (peals, the unusable ends, etc) into the bowl and then add it to the compost at the end of the week!

Here are just a couple ways you can become a more sustainable eater today. These changes don’t have to be hard and you can start by making baby steps. Start thinking about where your food comes from and what you are putting into your body!

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  1. We recently found a new “Sustainable” restaurant. It is a chinese restaurant that uses absolutely NO MSG and they use as much local food as possible. It was more expensive but it was also much more personable! Great reminders I need to put my re-usable grocery bags in the car tonight LOL! 😉

    1. Thank you! There are some really good documentaries out on netflix about factory farm meat. Its a little scary. Food Inc is really gross but the one I watched yesterday was called Fresh not as bad!

  2. We definitely have some work to do.:) We do pretty well at not eating out, and eating a lot of whole foods, but there are a lot of other things we need to try.:)

  3. That’s a great list, it really got me thinking. Also don’t worry so much about the meat if you’re eating organic – the energy and water consumption is far more reasonable than feedlot/CFO meat.

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