I practice and preach intuitive eating all the way. I endorse eating what ever the fuck you want, just consciously and mindfully. With the state of our planet and the treatment of humans and animals, we have to be conscious of what we are consume and buy. I am not saying you have to be perfect, no one is, just be aware. We can no longer ignore the effects of our purchases at a global level. So here are some tips to help you on your journey to being a conscious consumer.

Buy Local

Buying local has so many benefits! Produce in season is better for your health, the produce is far safer and you get to know exactly where your food is coming from.

It is also great for the local economy. The food doesn’t have to be transported so far and so resources and co2 emissions are reduced. Small scale farms also require far less resources. Buying local also creates community and connection. If you would like a guide on finding local and natural resources you can access it here.

Read labels

Do a little research and get familiar with products that are more harmful to you and the planet than they are helpful. Products like palm oil, one time use plastic, chemicals, etc.

Start looking for stickers like I am local, Fair Trade, USDA Organic, etc. Especially fair trade. It is so important to support the people who are making our products and growing our food. It is important to be aware of not only the effect of our choices on the planet but who we are supporting.

Eat Less Meat

And eat more plants! It requires far less resources to grow plants than it does to raise animals and butcher them. Another fantastic reason to buy local, the meat is far better for you. You know exactly what you are getting, not just a mixture of who the hell knows what, you know how the animal is treated and how it got to be on your plate.

My best advice for eating less meat is to find vegetarian versions of meals you like to eat and make the meat only when you want to add meat. Another tip is to flip your plate. Make your plate mostly veggies with a side of meat.

Be Mindful

Being present is the most important part of being a conscious consumer. If you are in the present, you aren’t worried about what you are making for dinner. You don’t need to feel rushed and hurry to grab anything for a meal. Be present and you will notice what is good for your body, good for the environment, and who you are supporting with your purchases. Being aware and making small sustainable changes at a time will create lasting positive consequences.

If you have any questions about being a conscious consumer, let me know in the comments!

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