Alicia Silverstone is the poster child for living a thin, green life. This veganista walks the walk and has a smaller carbon footprint than most of us. She is an example of an article I read recently in Health Magazine. The thinner we are, the less impact we have on our environment.
A study conducted by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that the heavier we are, the more greenhouse gases we produce. The study also assumes that heavier people are likely to drive more often and eat more. Doing both requires more energy to move the cars around and produce additional food.
Here are some quick tips for a healthier you and a greener planet:
Meatless Mondays. Join this group of people who are committing to eat one vegetarian meal per week. If everyone in the US ate one vegetarian meal per week we’d save 70 million gallons of gas per year.
Eat Less Food. Michael Pollan has eloquently demonstrated that we don’t need to eat as much food as we currently consume and that the world will be a better place for it. Here are 10 of my favorite Food Rules.
Walk more. Walking keeps us limber, keeps our heart healthy and happy, and keeps our waistlines slim. The more errands you can accomplish walking, the less gas we’re using and the longer your car will last too. It’s a win/win for everyone. If you have to drive a car, try to lump all your errands into one trip and drive as few miles as possible.
How do you stay skinny and green? I’d love to hear your stories.