Great Reads For Eating Healthier & Living More Sustainably
With so many books available now suggesting what you should eat to live longer, look younger, be smarter, sleep better, or get slimmer, it can be a daunting task selecting the one that gives you the information you’re looking for.
My favorite book on eating a healthy diet is one that is also an incredibly easy read, straightforward, balanced and full of common sense. It’s Michael Pollan’s ‘Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual’. It’s described as ‘a definitive compendium of food wisdom’ and that’s exactly what it is. It provides a short, user-friendly guide to making good food choices, written in a friendly, witty manner. It’s a great book to help you take the first step on the path to eating a healthier diet.
As a next step, if you’re interested in understanding not only how to improve your health, but also how to reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on food costs, I recommend Mark Bittman’s book ‘Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating’. The first half of this book gives you some wonderful insights and facts about the food industry and the foods we eat, while the other half is devoted to recipes and helping you to cook ‘like food matters’. It’s written in a clear and easy to digest (excuse the pun) manner.
A book that I found fascinating and unnerving is one written by Robyn O’Brien with Rachel Kranz, called ‘The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick – and What We Can Do About It’. The book discusses the rise in autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies in the last two decades and discusses the recent changes in our food supply that may be contributing to the onset of these disorders. It’s a compelling read and provides much food for thought.
How Can I Eat More Sustainably?
Alex Lee - Community Manager
While working as an environmental consultant for Miya’s Sushi, a sustainable sushi restaurant in Connecticut, I was frequently asked, “How can I eat more sustainably?” I would answer by telling individuals to stop eating industrialized meat products, seek out sustainable fish and poultry when possible, and buy local. These solutions minimize resource consumption and one’s carbon footprint, but trying to persuade large groups of people to change their consumer habits is not always effective. A more rewarding and fruitful way to encourage sustainability however can begin in the backyard by starting a garden. Because your produce is grown a few feet from the house, fossil fuels are not burned transporting food, and your vegetables have higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
Having a green thumb is easy to acquire, and throughout this blog I will be putting up tutorials on how to choose the right plants for your area, maintaining your garden, setting up compost bins, how to harvest and cook your produce, building and maintaining a hydroponic garden, and much more. I am really excited for this upcoming growing season and look forward to helping others green their lifestyles.