Eco-conscious habits like turning down the heat, powering down electronics, and walking or biking to work are both great for your health and for the planet. Integrate these eco-friendly healthy habits into your daily life.
#1) Power down at night
Bright light (particularly blue light) that is emitted by TV and computer screens trick the brain into thinking that it is daytime, making it more difficult to wind down. Sleep experts suggest turning off all electronics for at least one hour before bedtime.
#2) Turn down the heat
Studies suggest that people fall asleep faster, and sleep more deeply when the temperature is lower. Set your thermostat to reduce the heat at night in cold months and when you are not home. In warmer weather open a window to let the fresh air in instead of blasting the air conditioner.
#3) Get outside
Walk or bike to work instead of driving. Studies suggest longer commute times are linked to numerous negative health consequences. When at work, step away from the computer screen and head outside for a 30 minute walk or bike ride.
#4) Reduce and reuse
Buy fresh, whole foods like fruit and veggies instead refined, packaged foods to reduce package waste. Pack a lunch instead of getting takeout and opt for reusable produce bags and grocery bags.
#5) Practice energy efficiency in the kitchen
When using the stovetop for cooking pasta or grains, choose the smallest pot for the job, and match the pot size to the burner. Using smaller pots for cooking grains may help you become more concious of portion sizes. One serving of grain products means 1/2 cup, many Canadians eat 5-10 times that amount in a sitting. It takes less energy to reheat food than to cook it — cook in double batches so that you have leftovers to bring for lunch.
#6) Reduce food waste
Planning healthy meals in advance and sticking to your grocery list can help avoid buying food that won’t get eaten. Planning in advance will also help you stay on track if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. Try our healthy low-carb meal planner. Divide dinner leftovers into single portion reusable containers for lunch or freeze for another day. Not sure what to do with unused extra veggies? Add them to soups, stews, or broths.
#7) Buy localLocal food has a shorter travel time between harvest and your table, thus often retains more nutrient value.
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