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5 ways to eat healthier and more sustainably

Diet is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. Food systems are also major climate change contributors.

Luckily, these five choices can have a positive impact on both. >>

Eat less meat

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Climate experts are clear: Replacing meat with lentils, beans, and nuts is way better for the environment.

Nutritionists call for the same choices to benefit human health.

Buy local foods

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Eating local means you're getting fresher foods with fewer chemicals.

It also means your dinner traveled a shorter distance to reach you, releasing fewer emissions.

Skip the chips

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Producing notoriously unhealthy foods like cookies, cake, and chips is surprisingly damaging to the environment, research shows.

These foods are water-intensive. Many of them also contain palm oil — so they're linked to clear-cutting rainforests.

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Cut down on dairy

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Like meat, dairy products require land, crops, and emissions involved with raising animals.

Cutting dairy also means reducing saturated fat — which can contribute to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.

Grow your own food

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It doesn't get more local than your own backyard or windowsill garden.

Gardening can also boost mental health; studies show spending time in nature improves mood, self-esteem, and physical health.

Read more stories about the climate crisis here.

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