The healthy food habits to be followed for a green lifestyle are:
- Do not use bottled Water: Health experts opine that using bottled water is not good for health as well as environment. Bottled water contains certain toxins, bacteria that are harmful to the human body if the water is stored for longer days. Moreover, plastic water bottle containers are not easily disposable in the environment thereby causing enormous harm to nature. Therefore, better to use tap water and store the water in steel containers.
- Eating organic food: Eating organic food is another way of going green through food habits. Eating conventionally grown organic food ensures that no chemicals are added into the food chain thereby making the
environment cleaner and free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals that are used in growing the crops traditionally.
- Eat local food: Eating food that is seasonal and available locally helps in saving the nonrenewable energy that is needed for transporting the food products to your area. The local food available involves less packaging material due to less distance covered in the transportation of the food.
- Go Vegetarian: Adapting to vegetarian food is a good choice as consuming vegetarian food is better for both health and environment. Vegetarian food residue easily mingles with the nature as compared with non-vegetarian food that spreads diseases if not disposed of properly. Moreover, non-vegetarian foods like red meat, pork are responsible for major heart problems resulting in over utilization of precious natural resources.
- Losing weight: Food habits that control your weight must be included in your daily schedule as eating foods that are rich in fat and carbohydrates will increase your weight leading to obesity. Obesity in turn will lead to crave for more food that led to overutilization of limited natural resources. Therefore, it is good to lose excess weight by good eating habits.
- Way of Cooking: How you prepare or cook food also comes under preview of good eating habits. While cooking the food choose only those utensils that are long lasting. Avoid using Teflon coated utensils. These Teflon coated utensils does not have long life and have health hazards if used on a long-term basis. Better to go in for stainless steel or cast iron utensils.
- Choice of Gas versus electric stoves: Choosing between natural gas versus electric stove is a very complex one as natural gas is a fossil fuel and electricity comes from both hydro and thermal sources. Both these types of energy resources are limited ones. Therefore, to make the best of both, it is better to use gas or electric stoves as per your convenience but make sure to use only those stoves that are energy efficient, lasts longer and adheres to the green standards prescribed by the government.
- Natural disposal of food waste: After eating your food, dispose of the wastage or leftovers in a proper manner either by composting them or by separating non-disposable food items and handing over these items to incinerator centers.
- Avoid Fast Foods: It is better to avoid fast foods as they consume lot of energy resources by way of cooking oil, animal products and ingredients that contain chemical elements. It is a fact, that fast foods are one of the reasons for increasing number of obese in both developed and developing economies. Fast foods are the antithesis of natural foods and therefore can be deemed as health hazards on a long-term basis.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol: This is the most important food habit that is found globally and is responsible for polluting both the environment and health of the people. Smoking is one of the dangerous pollutants especially the cigarette smoking. It is a fact that there are more than 300 types of chemicals present in the cigarette including nicotine. On smoking the cigarette, these chemicals spread in the air causing greater harm to the people and environment. Avoiding alcohol helps in saving the precious natural resources to be diverted to other causes that are more useful to basic human needs.