According to MarketWatch, the average consumer throws away 16 pounds of metal cans, 130 pounds of plastic and 230 pounds of paper each year just from food packaging! While some of this is recyclable – not contributing to this cycle is one of the best forms of eco-activity easily adopted by all of us. Never mind the thousands of unreclycable flimsy bags we bring all the stuff home in every day. Sadly, this all adds up to the real-life manifestation of garbage in – garbage out.
Imagine the revolutioÂ n in our bodies, our homes, and our landfills that switching to living foods would cause: carrots tied in a bunch and apples not already sauced, tuna with gills and fresh beets attached to their greens (great in soups, by the way).
How about trading in boxes of sugary cereal (more like dessert than breakfast) for oatmeal that you stir on the stove? Add a handful of raisins and a dash of cinnamon for a natural combo meal to fight cholesterol! Why not rethink fast food? Cutting down on waste (and waist!). Start each day with an insulated bag filled with hardboiled eggs, apples, low fat cheese sticks and an eco-friendly glass thermos filled with cool spring water.
Drinking water is a huge part of having a healthy body, and it can definitely be green. Water is the single most important thing we put in our mouths everyday. It is a must for all of our bodies activities:
“to regulate our body temperature and keep our vital body parts hydrated;” to aid nutrients in traveling to our organs and transport oxygen to our cells;” to remove waste and to protect our joints and organs.
The bottom line to making healthy lifestyle choices goes way beyond your own “bottom” – it will give your body the green energy it needs to burn efficiently and cleanly (and lose weight!). Because let’s face it, your body wasn’t meant to be a factory for human waste. It was meant to use what you eat for fuel.
So start going green in your own home and family by paying attention to how much garbage you throw out each week, and begin with the simple goal of buying green and tossing out one less bag of trash per week.
The results will be obvious both inside and out!
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