Despite the unseasonally gorgeous weather here in Colorado, we've been busy indoors wrapping up one fantastic April 2009 issue of Delicious Living. It is chock full of light and super-fresh spring recipes in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) as well as eco-tips for recycling (it should be easy!) and composting (why hadn't I done this before?), and (my personal favorite) a feature on how to "green" your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and boost your own health in the process. Don't worry, there is no sacrificing of entire food groups! it's all about lots of fresh plant-based choices and animal foods (meat, dairy) in moderation. Here is the gist (check back in April for the details).
1. Eat less beef. (Scared you'll lose your burger privilege? Don't be!)
2. Limit processed products. (Easy, right?)
3. Eat seasonal and local. (Fresh, flavorful ... what could be better?)
4. Favor fish that are lower on the food chain. (Bye-bye tuna, hello sardines.)
5. Choose small-scale organic. (Tricky, but it can be done.)
6. Reduce food waste. (Don't let that cauliflower rot in your crisper. Get creative!)
Just today, one of the eco-diet experts we consulted for this feature, Kate Geagan, MS, RD, released Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet (Rodale). It's a fantastic book, crammed with doable steps and eye-opening statistics. I highly recommend it.
Stay tuned for more in April.