Small steps to respect all living creatures and live healthier
Here are some of the choices I have decided to follow, which also help me respect other beings. Some I have been following, some are new. Some are external, a few impact what I eat. Eating a vegetarian diet is also a great way to improve your health, respect other beings, and lower your carbon foot print. If your not ready to totally eliminate meat from your diet, please consider avoiding meat from factory farms, as a first step.
1. Use a reusable cloth shopping bag or a backpack, definitively not plastic bags from the store.
2. Avoid buying bottled water, use a refillable container. If you check the source of a lot of bottled water, it is from municipal water systems, and possibly just filtered. If you live in an area with poor quality water, then you may have to choose a different way to handle this.
3. Buy vegetables and other foods in a natural form, surprsingly the amount of trash you need to dispose of will drop as well. Also you will get more nutrient value from the foods you do purchase.
4. If you stop for a coffee or tea at a restaurant or someplace like Starbucks, use you own refillable container.
5. Can you walk or cycle to someplace as quick as walking to your car, driving, finding parking then walking to the destination? Of curse there are times where driving may make sense, but surely not every quick trip requires the car.
6. Choose products that are natural source, not tested on animals. I am attempting to avoid any items made from words I have to look up to understand.
7. Avoid added sugar in foods you buy processed. Here is a partial list from Harvard University of words that mean sugar:
- Agave nectar
- Brown sugar
- Cane crystals
- Cane sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- Crystalline fructose
- Evaporated cane juice
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Raw sugar
If you have any that you think are useful, please let me know, or write your own post on how you can make the planet a happier, healthier place for all. If we all collaborate on small ways, they will combine into a large result.