While many of us did not know Veganuary existed until this month, this new “holiday” has definitely brought many discussions, disagreements, and conversations with it.
Whether you choose to follow a vegan diet or a carnivorous one, there are benefits to opting for a more vegan lifestyle. Benefits such as saving water, being more environmentally sound, helping to reduce the rates of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and chronic illnesses can have immense impacts on our lives.
While these many benefits should not be ignored, many who preach a vegan lifestyle can overlook the realities of what it can cost to change diet. Veganism can, at times, be more expensive and less inclusive of cultural values and traditions. There are medical conditions that also exclude many people from partaking in this specific type of diet.
With diet, like any decision, it’s important that we be realistic with ourselves and others. No matter our choices on diet, we must remember that each human body is different and our choices will reflect that. While our differences are important, we can also remember to make choices to reflect the kind of society we want to live in each and every day.
How can we all be more sustainable in our diets?
Shopping locally! Buying the food that was grown and produced closer to our homes not only helps our bodies keep in line with the environment and seasons around us, it also helps to reduce transportation pollution, while also ensuring we get fresher food!
Reducing waste. By choosing products without packaging at all, we can help to reduce unnecessary materials that will only end up in landfills. Choosing products with more sustainable packaging such as glass or repurposed materials can be a step in the right direction. Here are some amazing tips for shopping with less waste!
Opting for organic. Reducing the amounts of pesticides in the food we eat not only helps our bodies, but also reduces the amounts of toxins that go into our earth and our water.
Minimise meat and animal products. Not all of us need to be completely vegan, however, our diets should ideally be plant-centered.
Choose fish carefully. Many fish species are not only becoming more toxic to humans, they are also in danger of being overfished. When we select our fish, we can check this list just to be sure!
Less processed, more real. Processed foods are not only harmful for our health, but they also take more water, energy, and waste to produce. By cutting out processed foods and opting for more natural alternatives, we are supporting our health along with the environment!
Sharing your knowledge. If you have any tips, tricks, or information that you use when shopping, be sure to let others know! You could help others save money, live healthier, and make more sustainable decisions!
Be sure to share your thoughts on Veganuary and sustainable food choices with us today!