Why is it important?
Sustainable lifestyle is an attempt to be eco-friendly and reduce the earth’s natural resources. Around 821 billion people of the world are unable to meet the global nutrition targets and are malnourished. People are unable to fight the infectious disease and reduce the ability to prevent it due to a poor immune system. Therefore, eating more nutritious and sustainable food could make a difference in our lifestyle. Sustainable food will help our future without compromising the environment, improve the planet, and it is better for the future offspring.
There are numerous ways we can reduce sustainable living such as switching to keep cups instead of takeaway cups, avoid using straws, plastic bags, avoid using cars instead walk or use a bicycle to reduce carbon emissions, going paper free, recycle and dispose waste properly.
However, other ways of supporting the environment is by:
- Reducing meat consumption and swapping for more plant-based meals such as tofu’s, tempeh chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, butter beans, and other lentils sources.
- Reducing dairy products to more plant-based dairy such as soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, plant-based yoghurt and plant-based cheese.
- Eating more nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts.
- People can also grow their own plants, herbs, vegetables and fruit pots around the house or in the backyard.
- Reducing food waste by planning your shopping and consume leftover foods creatively.
- Support fair trade sustainable products and buy organic food whenever possible to care for farm workers, wildlife and your family.
- Get involved in the community, attend events on environmental platforms and represent your views on protecting wildlife.
Although I understand it can be difficult to live a sustainable life especially when many others are not following, still every individual has the power to make a change. According to various studies/documentaries, the meat industry is unhealthy and has a severe impact on the global scale, on animals, environment, pollution, politics and all of us. If we could just cut down on meat by 2-4 meals of meat from our diet, it could make a difference on the planet. Additionally, vegetables and lentils are simple to cook, delicious and flavourful in taste when consumed properly. Plenty of recipes can be found online such as Google and Youtube.
Read more Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) by the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)