Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Honor Mother Earth and Have Weight Loss Success

This is Earth Week and as we turn our attention to what we can do to honor our Mother Earth, it is a good time to think about simple things we can do at home to help...not just the earth, but to lose weight, too!

These are things we can do every week, not just this week. Just like losing weight, it is by making small changes and absorbing them into our routine...making them our new habits...that we see big results!

One of the biggest things you can do for both the earth and your waist line is to eat fewer packaged foods. Less packaging is better for the environment.

You want to eat more fruits and vegetables...and think about how little packaging that entails! For most of them no package is required...or it comes built in! Whether it is something you can compost like the orange peel or something you eat, like yummy sugar snap pea...fruits and veggies give us great nutrition and what is left behind gives back to the earth!

The more packaging there is the more processing that food has been through. More processing typically means more of the good stuff is taken out and bad stuff has been put in. By buying fewer packaged foods you are pretty much guaranteeing you get more of the good and less of the bad!

Let's face it...sometimes we want packaged foods because of convenience. When that's the case select packaged foods with the earth and your health in mind. Read the labels for the contents so you know what you are eating, but also look at the label and see if the package is recyclable, made from recycled materials, printed with vegetable based inks, and uses vegetable based films. This all helps reduce our dependence on oil, supports our farms and keeps our land healthier.

It only takes a little effort to have a big impact on our environment. Making small changes like these will give you a big result...both for healthier you with weight loss success and a healthier planet, too!

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