Gallery: How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

 

Buy local, in-season groceries and carry them home



Seek out markets in your area that represents local farms and stock up on in-season fruits and veggies. Buying local food saves on the fuel needed to transport goods from afar, but it also means you are getting fruits and veggies not coated in waxes or ripening chemicals. Choosing produce that is in season is a good alternative to the energy used for greenhouse raised or imported foods. It will also help you get a workout if you vow to buy only what you can carry safely (don't hurt your back) in reusable bags home from the market.

Photo by George Alexander

Boycott the Car

Walking everywhere you need to go, or at least walking to the public transit that will take you everywhere you need to go, is a fantastic way to help yourself and the environment. You can burn more than 200 calories per hour by walking, which will result in weight loss when combined with a balanced diet. And by walking instead of driving, you are saving on CO2 emissions and cutting back on usage of fossil fuels.

photo by Stephen Heron

Go Vegan

Eating vegan, which means cutting out diary, eggs, and all animal products, has an astounding number of health benefits. Its easy to imagine that less animal fat would help with getting healthy, but did you know that a vegan diet has also been to help rheumatoid arthritis and even stave off allergies? Being vegan also helps the environment, by saving on all of the energy and water used to raise animals. We often forget about these “hidden” wasted resources. If you are finding it hard to compare the amount of water used to grow the veggies in a salad, versus the meat for a hamburger, the folks at GOOD published a fantastic infographic that shows the HUGE disparity.

If you are having trouble knowing how to start a vegan diet, PETA has a nice web introduction set up. And if you feel that going vegan is not going to work for you, try vegetarian — or at least doing meatless Mondays.

photo by Nikki L.

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