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Going Green to Stay Healthy and Lean

Thanks to several studies released on the effects of global warming, popular films like An Inconvenient Truth, and Leonardo DiCaprio setting the new trend in Hollywood that driving hybrid cars is the “cool” way to hit the road, the term “Going Green” has certainly become a main topic of conversation in recent years.

Of course we all know that being environmentally conscious is great for…well… the environment. However, there has been less discussion about the positive effects that being eco-chic can have on your health.

Here are some things you can try to incorporate in your day-to-day for a healthier, happier, leaner, and greener life:

– Instead of relying solely on artificial lighting, open your shades or go for a walk. Your body needs vitamin D from natural sunlight to stay healthy.

– Instead of driving wherever you go, consider riding your bike or taking public transportation. You’ll not only get more physical activity, you will help cut gas emissions. Good for your body. Good for the environment. Good for your back pocket.

– Avoid buying pre-packaged foods which require more energy and natural resources. Also, they are typically pumped with a ton of sodium and preservatives.

– Buy in-season produce from a local farmer’s market. Nutrients in produce are often lost after days of being in transport. Also, buying produce that are not in-season locally increases gas emissions from the long-distance transportation and distribution.

– Reduce meat consumption. It has been proven that cows are one of the leading causes of greenhouse emissions. By reducing meat consumption you can reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. In addition, heavy meat consumption has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and an array of other health problems.

– Drink non-bottled water. Natural resources and energy are used to produce the millions of plastic bottles that are usually only used once and then discarded. Also, toxic chemicals from the plastic can get into the water and cause serious health issues.

By making just a few changes to your day-to-day habits, you can live a happier, healthier, leaner, and greener life. Why not hit several birds with one stone?