Go to bed earlier
That is right, dozens of scientific studies have concluded that getting more sleep can help you get skinny! In fact, several studies have shown that during times when you are lessening food intake (i.e. dieting), a hormone that regulates hunger, glucose utilization, and energy metabolism can be over-active due to not getting a good night's rest. The environmental benefit of getting more shut-eye, is that you will save on energy consumption, by turning out the lights (and computer, TV, and other gadgets) earlier. There are also reductions in CO2 emissions by hitting the hay earlier. The Japanese government found that getting just one extra hour or sleep could save 20% on CO2 emissions. They felt so strongly about the environmental benefits, that they launched a national campaign to urge people to get more sleep!
Photo by Craig Dennis
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
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.