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Greening Your Diet

Choosing to eat an eco-friendly diet doesn’t have to mean making a sacrifice or spending a fortune on foods. A green diet is a healthy, diverse diet that involves eating real foods. Here are 5 easy ways to green your diet while staying within your budget.

Buy organic foods when you can
Organic foods cost more money, and can add up on your grocery bill. Spend your organic dollars where they matter most. Try to buy the organic version of these five fruits and vegetables, which have been shown to retain the highest level of pesticides: peaches, sweet bell peppers, apples, celery, and strawberries.

Eat a local meal
The average food item travels over 1,500 miles to get to our plates — that's a lot of pollution and waste created to make dinner. This week, try to eat a local meal. Visit a farmers market, or look for signs at your grocery store that say local.  To save cost, buy produce in bulk at the peak season. Then freeze or can foods for use later. Another option is to join a coop. Visit http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/coops/ to find one near you.

Go brown
We're talking grains. But remember: You want to eat whole grains (think whole wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice). Whole grains have not been processed, and therefore come complete with all their natural nutritional bonuses. Plus, less processing means less pollution. 

Paper or plastic? How about neither
Plastic bags are made from petroleum and only about one percent of the estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion used worldwide are recycled each year. Start bringing your own. Purchase reusable canvas bags to take with you every shopping trip.

Eat less meat
The production of meat in today's society is both energy and resource intensive. Also, factory farms, those raising animals in confinement at high stocking density, create tons of pollutants. When you do choose meat, opt for free-range or local producers.   

Visit www.thedailygreen.com for more smart advice on green living.

Source: TheDailyGreen.com

Location: New York, NY

Author: Taryn Ayers and Dana Dorn

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