Sustainability and healthy living

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

During the last few days there has been a lot of talks about sustainability in conjunction with World Earth Day. From schools, to social medias, to the coverage of the Climate Summit, there is a growing interest and awareness of the impact of our choices on the future of our resources and planet.

All our actions and decisions have repercussions on our environment. Including what we eat.

Diet and sustainability are strongly interconnected. Sustainable eating is not a modern concept but something humanity has been doing since the beginning of time.

During the last few decades though, the globalisation and the evolution of food industrialisation have drastically changed the way the Western World eats.

I grew up in the 80's where even in Italy, the cradle of Mediterranean diet, there was an overall excitement for tinned meat, sugary industrial snacks, American- style burgers etc. Although we were lucky enough to have a family allotment which provided almost all the fruit and vegetable we needed, I also remember being bombarded with adverts of processed food, the school cafeteria full of unhealthy snacks and the outings with friends at McDonalds.

It wasn't until I became a mum for the first time that I started questioning the sustainability of the modern way of eating and gradually changed my habits.

Sustainable eating means choosing food that is healthy and nutritious but also not detrimental to the eco-system and the biodiversity.

Below are simple step I have embraced with my family towards a more aware, sustainable way of living:

🌱 Buying organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables from local producers;

🌱 Reducing the amount of animal products, which are the major cause of pollution, deforestation and water consumption;

🌱 Having a mainly plant based diet, rich in ancient grains, legumes and vegetables;

🌱 Eating smaller portions, to reduce waste;

🌱 Avoiding products packaged in lots of plastic.

The journey to healthier and a more eco-friendly living is a never ending adventure, but a meaningful and exciting one. I love teaching my kids the importance of our personal choices and making them feel empowered. 'Cause I am a believer that we all have role to play in the direction the food industries and governments are going.

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