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The business of a new school year brings everyone the opportunity to focus on healthy eating habits and making positive changes in their daily lives.  When focusing on healthy foods, it’s also important to make choices that produce less waste, are less processed, and support the local economy. Here are a few easy changes you can make:

1) Reusable lunchboxes, food containers and water bottles: Not only does this reduce the overall cost of lunches, it also helps with the impact that packaged waste has on landfills. On average, each child throws away over 60 pounds of packaged lunch waste every
year.

SimpleTruth: Reducing waste allows us to avoid the deforestation for additional farming and ranching.

Drawdown.org, https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/reduced-food-waste

2) Go outside and enjoy they day: Don’t forget that lunch time is not only meant for refueling. It is also a great time to sit under a tree, clear your mind, and reflect on your day. Focus on the positives of your day and think about how to enjoy the second half.

SimpleTruth: Dallas is the 11th most polluted city in the US

EPA Texas, https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Dentons-Dirty-Air-Debate-404725135.html

3) Limit processed meats and dairy: Meat and dairy products negatively impact the environment. Plant-based foods reduce your carbon footprint and are essential in creating healthy eating habits. Do some basic research on how to get the right amount of protein when eating a plant-based diet – protein will help ensure that you have the energy you need for the day while feeling full.

SimpleTruth: Plant-rich diets are one of the most impactful solutions for reducing emissions

Drawdown.org, https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/plant-rich-diet

4) Think local: Buying local foods is a great way to support your community. Buying what is in season allows you to capitalize on the freshest and ripest foods available. It also reduces the impact of shipping.

SimpleTruth: Your last meal may have traveled 1,500 miles to get to your table.

Worldwatch Institute, http://www.worldwatch.org/globetrotting-food-will-travel-farther-ever-thanksgiving

5) Bring leftovers: We all work hard in the evening to make dinners the whole family can enjoy. Make sure it doesn’t go to waste. You can always make more food than needed so you have leftovers to take for lunch. Or freeze them for an easy dinner in the future.

SimpleTruth: Produce doesn?t have to be tossed just because it?s reaching the end of its peak. Soft fruit can be used in smoothies; wilting vegetables can be used in soups, etc.

 

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