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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
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

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.

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3 thoughts on “Small steps to respect all living creatures and live healthier

  1. Working on all the items on your list, as well: Use cloth bag (check); refillable water container-and it’s NOT plastic, either, stainless steel(check); I buy organic in the state God formed it(check); 1 cup of coffee/day Starbucks, yes BUT the VIA (Italian dark roast) made here at home(check); am actually looking for a good, sturdy bicycle as most of my trips around here are less than 5 miles, but am a little past the days when I could tote a back pack full of food home from the store, so will count this (half-checked); if I can’t pronounce it, I am eliminating it from my life as soon as I find a suitable substitute (case in point- Dr. Bronner’s soaps/shampoos) so that would be a(check) as well; and I am a stevia girl. Have been for almost a decade. HOPE that’s a (check)…
    Good ideas? Well, community garden plots would be my dream…shared space shared labor, shared food. Community building at its finest. And the extra could be given away.
    Well now, that was fun.

    • Community gardens are great. As to the list it’s suggestions, for every little step adds up.

      • I do understand you were not being ‘directive’ in any. The energy of your words was in alignment with simply offering suggestions. I went through the list just to satisfy my own curiosity. You are correct, however. Every little step adds up. And all those tiny increments, when lumped together, make an enormous difference.

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