Your Diet Could Save the Planet

4 Easy Steps to Diet and Save the Planet

One of the big advantages of a low carbohydrate diet is that you can be reducing your carbon footprint and protecting our planet. A “low carb” diet can equate to a “low carbon” diet as well. Changes in your diet can offset much of the carbon emissions that most people generate. Making that change towards a carbon diet is not difficult if you follow these rules:

#1 Read the Food Labels

The first thing you need to know about reducing your carbs and carbons is to start to read the food labels. Look for local or organic labels and make sure they are certified. You can reduce your carbon footprint by not eating food that is processed, grown with pesticides or hormones. You could even choose to grow your own fruits and vegetables to further reduce your carbon footprint.

#2 Reduce Meat in Your Diet

By eating less meat, you will be reducing your carbon footprint. Livestock that provides us meat can account for almost 20 percent of the total greenhouse effect. If you need to have meat in your diet, look to chicken or fish as their carbon footprint is much smaller than beef. If you do choose beef, look to buying it locally and from organic farms.

#3 Try Better Water

By using a reusable water bottle and switching out from bottled water to filtered tap water, you can reduce your carbon footprint. Plastic water bottles make up for a very large carbon footprint.

#4 Never Waste Food

Making sure that you eat just want you need and not over doing it will help to reduce your carbon footprint. Over 30 percent of all food is wasted and that adds up to a bigger carbon footprint. Look to cutting back on your grocery shopping and learn to buy smaller packaging. Buy only what your family realistically needs and not over buy. Also, remember that your extra food can be used in compost heaps and reused in your garden.

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