Did you know there are hundreds of ways you can help the environment, and at the same time do something good for yourself, get healthier, have more energy, and be happier?

It’s easy to ignore the impact you have as an individual on the environment, but if you want to live a long life on a happy planet, it’s important to bring consciousness to your daily actions.

There are the obvious things, like recycling, shopping with reusable grocery bags, and taking shorter showers, but you might be surprised to find out just how big of an impact your food and lifestyle choices have on the environment.

There’s never a bad time to make a change or improve on what you’re already doing. Read on for seven actionable tools to start feeling healthier and happier today while also improving our planet:

1. Buy local food from your farmer’s market to reduce oil consumption. Shipping food long distances requires a lot of oil, a quickly-diminishing nonrenewable resource that contributes to global warming. Not to mention, you get to enjoy freshly-picked produce at the peak of taste and nutrition!

2. Grow your own food to reduce your carbon footprint. This isn’t practical for everyone, but even growing a few herbs on your fire escape or front porch contributes to the health of the environment by improving the quality of oxygen for everyone and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By breathing cleaner air, you reduce toxicity in your body, improving your body’s ability to detox naturally and increasing your energy.

3. Reduce your consumption of conventional meat to reduce the environmental impact of livestock production. Cows are estimated to produce about 20 percent of all methane emissions! Eating locally farmed, organic grass-fed animals will not only reduce the amount of chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides that go into our water, but also of what you put inside you. After all, you are what you eat, and the animal was so too. Eating high quality foods, you may feel you need less food in general, as you are getting your nutrient tanks filled up faster. You may also feel better psychologically knowing that the animal was raised in a respectful way.

4. Eat less, or if possible, no grains to reduce pollution. Minimizing factory use and the fumes that impact human health, wildlife, the land, oceans, and so much more. Eating less grains has a huge impact on your energy levels as it keep your blood sugar levels stable, rather than the spike and crash that refined grains cause. Furthermore, grains are inflammatory and create the perfect soil for disease in your body.

5. Cook only what you’ll eat and/or eat your leftovers to reduce food waste. Americans threw 35 million tons of food into landfills in 2012 alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That food could have gone to starving people all over the world. Pretty crazy, right? Fully understanding how much food your body needs will also lead to proper portion sizes and a healthy body size.

7. Compost your food scraps to contribute to rich, nutrient-dense soil that will provide healthy food for people all over the world. Soil is the foundation of nutritious food, and food is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant body.
You can be a positive source of change by setting an example for the people around you, and then together create a global shift toward better health.

Source: Integrative Nutrition

Don’t feel like you have to do all of those right away! Start with little steps.
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