How to balance your carbon footprint
The following is an excerpt from a new book by Collard Greens, a global leader in sustainable food and farming solutions, titled “Balance your carbon footprints” and it’s been published in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
Collard is the creator of the “Collard Greens” sustainable food brand, which is based on its traditional plant-based diet.
In this excerpt, we take a look at what it takes to make sure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your carbon-saving initiatives.1.
Reduce your energy use and consumption.
Collar Greens advises that:• You can use up to 10% of your energy budget on food, energy and cooking supplies• You should eat 3.4% of the calories you eat on average in the form of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and eggs; or you should consume 2.7% of calories from fat and 6% of energy from carbohydrates• If you are an avid gardener, your average annual consumption of fruits and vegetables is 1,100-2,300g• For every 100kg of your body weight, you need to consume a kilo of fruit, vegetables and proteins (around 200g/day)• If your diet is predominantly plant- based, then you should aim to reduce your meat and dairy consumption to 20% or less• You need to limit your consumption of processed meat and processed dairy products.
The best way to get the most out of your carbon budget is to eat a lot of fruits.
The most energy-efficient way to consume fruits is to cook them or freeze them.
However, if you are vegetarian or vegan, then fruits should only be eaten as a side dish when you are out and about.
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to eat all the fruits you want, and you can always buy more from the supermarket.
The key to the Collard Green plan is to consume as little meat and saturated fat as possible.
Collin is a big proponent of meat-free meals, which he claims are good for you and the environment.
He has also highlighted the importance of reducing the amount of salt in your diet, as well as reducing the use of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin.
He recommends using less refined sugars, and to be cautious about adding artificial sweetener to your diet as it may contribute to weight gain and diabetes.2.
Limit your salt consumption.
There is a large amount of research out there that says that people are more sensitive to the effects of salt than most people realise.
The average American consumes around 1,000mg of sodium a day, while in the UK, the average person eats around 300mg.
That means a lot.
The more sodium you consume, the more acidic your body reacts to it.
If you avoid sodium altogether, then the effects will be mitigated.
The best way of avoiding sodium is to keep your salt intake to less than 10mg a day.
If you have a food intolerant, then reducing your salt use can help.
Try to limit the amount you eat of processed and refined sugars and salt in the kitchen, and limit the use or use of other processed foodstuffs.
If the amount your salt usage is excessive, then it is possible that you could be adding too much salt to your food, which can lead to gastric upset, diarrhoea, bloating and heart disease.
Collardo advises that you should reduce your salt and sugar intake to below 10mg.
You can also avoid processed meats and dairy products if you have no problems with them.
Collard also advises that avoiding meat is important, as it can be the source of many of the negative health effects.
If your meat consumption is high, then reduce the amount that you eat from meat.
If there is no evidence that eating meat is a cause of obesity, then limiting your meat intake is recommended.
If your eating habits change, then avoid the processed foods that are in your fridge, kitchen or dining room, and the processed food products that are placed in your shopping basket.
If they have the potential to cause you a lot more problems, then limit the consumption of those products.
You might also consider switching to a natural diet, which includes a low-sugar, low-fat, whole-foods diet.
You can also reduce the number of packaged foods you buy, as you can get the same benefits from consuming fewer processed foods.3.
Focus on a plant- and soil-based food source.
Collie says that if you want to have the most benefit from the carbon-free foods you eat, then look for sustainable plant-and- soil-grown products.
These include fruits, greens, nuts, seeds, legumes, pulses and beans.
The types of food that are most likely to be sustainable and that provide the highest amount of plant-derived nutrients, like protein and vitamin C, should be your first priorities.
If these foods are