What is “Sustainable Nutrition”?
The term “sustainable nutrition” is super complex – and that might even be an understatement! I like to classify sustainable nutrition as the process of obtaining food that considers the impact it has at every level. This means making diet choices that take into account; human health (body, mind, & spirit) of both the grower and the consumer, soil health, animal well being, ecological diversity, and the highest level of respect for the earth as a whole.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines “sustainable diets” as “protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable, nutritionally adequate, safe, and healthy, while optimizing natural and human resources.”
Plainly put, the way we eat has a HUGE effect on everything and sustainable nutrition attempts to take that into account!
Specific Ways to Achieve “Sustainable Nutrition”
Below are some active ways we can focus our diets more around suppporting a “sustainable nutrition” approach:
- Eating as many whole foods as possible: this means ones that come straight from the earth in their most natural form (not ones processed in a factory)
- Refusing to eat foods laden with chemicals: this means eating organic foods and/or ones that have not been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides
- Focusing on seasonal and local: this helps to cut down on carbon emissions and keeps our bodies in tune with our environment. Eating locally and seasonally sometimes means changing what we have become accustomed to and looking outside the box at what is around us – once we get used to doing so, the abundance we can find is often surprising
- Getting in touch with our food: when I say “in touch” I really mean it! Trying to grow more of our own food or wildly forage it is one of the best ways to support “sustainable nutrition”
- Shopping and eating at places that truly care: this means refusing to buy foods processed by huge conventional companies whose only motive is profit – even if they are labelled as “healthy” or “organic”. Shopping at farmers markets and more local health food stores is a great place to start
- Preparing your food with love: this means being intentional about what and how you are preparing your food. Try your best to be as present as possible at every stage of your food preparation and infuse love into every step along the way
- When not shopping local, look for things that you know are organic, fair trade, and produced by companies who have respect for the origin country . Guayaki (Yerba Mate Tea Company) is a great example of this sort of company
EAT TO NOURISH (the earth and your body) WORKSHOP Announcement!
I am super excited to announce my next workshop happening on July 28 on Salt Spring. It will be taking place at one of my most favourite places on the island, Earth Candy Farm(pictured above). I am going to be fully diving into the topic of sustainable nutrition.
This topic is so near and dear to my heart as I truly believe that focusing on “sustainable nutrition” is one of the most direct ways we can help reverse climate change and prevent human extinction. Without doing so, the human species is expected to be gone within the next 70 years!
- When: July 28, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Where: Earth Candy Farm
- With: Claire Jutras (food/farm expert)
- Topics: sustainable nutrition, the soils connection to our gut health and energy levels, gardening/food growing tips, the truth about “organic food”, individual and systemic implementation, affordable shopping tips, SO much more!
- Included: educational talk, farm fresh lunch, garden tour, Q &A, take home goodies, SO much more!
Get your TICKET here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/