Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lose Weight Naturally Just in Time for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This is truly a great day to celebrate all the wonderful things that our planet does for us...and a day to remind us that we can all help take care of the only planet we have.

The key is to make small changes and incorporate them into our lives. Doing a big clean up of the local streams is an awesome project...but you can make just as big...or even bigger impact just by making some simple changes in your day to day living. And you can lose weight naturally and permanently in the process!

What could be better? Helping the planet and losing weight!

We don't tend to think of the meat we eat as being "produced"...but the truth is, the steak or chicken that is on your plate is just as much a product these days as the computer you are reading this blog on. And the way the food is produced is typically not environmentally friendly. The goal, like most business, is to make the product quickly and inexpensively.

This thought process may make a profit for the manufacturer, but unfortunately when it comes to food, it is not the healthiest method for either our planet or the humans who eat it.

That doesn't mean you have to go completely vegetarian in order to help. Instead, start day a week, in honor of Mother Earth, go meatless.

Animal products are higher in fat than other protein sources and are harder for our bodies to digest. We eat more of them, get more calories then we need...and there can be other health implications for our bodies.

Think about eating "closer to the ground" many steps does the food go through before you eat it? We grow corn to feed to the animals...we can bypass that middle step and eat the corn and have less impact on the earth.

Look into some high protein grains...quinoa is my favorite because it is super easy to prepare and quick, too.

This can give you variety in your diet, help you lose weight, and help the earth. It is truly environmentally friendly eating! Oh...and it is cheaper, too!

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