A sustainable diet is two-fold: it’s a way of eating that focuses on habits you can maintain long-term (say goodbye to “yo-yo” dieting please!), and it’s also a way of eating that’s environmentally-friendly to help protect biodiversity and optimize natural human resources. As we continue to put the pieces of the sustainability puzzle together more, we’re finding a stronger correlation between eating for your health and being kind to Mother Earth.
The recently released 2019 report from the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food system highlights the global impact diet has on our use of environmental resources. While the link between dietary patterns and its impact on the planet is nothing new, it’s starting to really make waves.
The report’s lead investigator, Professor Walter Willet, MD, from Harvard Medical School suggests that for improved environmental and health benefits, “transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts.” This “shift” is one from a traditional Westernized way of eating that essentially overdoes it on highly processed foods, animal-based products, and sugar-laden sweets to an eating pattern with more emphasis on whole, unprocessed fruits, veggies, nuts and legumes, as well as whole grains.
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Cheers, to a healthier you and a healthier planet!