By Carmen Staicer for DietsInReview.com
Once you have a baby, your life changes. Not only in the small ways – you have less time for yourself, you drive slower, and maybe you even buy life insurance – but you start to take a look around and see ways to improve the world. One of the ways that many people choose to do so is choosing a more sustainable life.
What is that, you might ask? A sustainable lifestyle uses resources minimally, with minimal negative impact on the earth and with maximum potential and benefit for others. The standard, traditional industrial model utilizes genetically modified ingredients, non-organic methods and cares very little for the impact on the environment. In short, it’s a selfish way to live.
I’ve been trying, for several years now, to teach my children what it means to live in a sustainable manner. To teach them why it matters how the animals were raised, what chemicals were poured into the soil, and how things just don’t disappear when you toss them into the trashcan. The can that we have for recycling is a good start, but it’s just a small step and I want my children to take gigantic leaps toward making the planet a better place for their children.
We vote at every single meal. We vote to eat the right things for our body, but that voting should begin with the purchase and preparation of the foods we ingest. Local, organic, sustainable. One great way to help your children see this is by growing your own food. It doesn’t have to be a large garden at first – maybe just tomatoes and herbs in a pot on your porch. Once you do this, you’ll see how easy it can be to grow your own foods, and as a bonus, those foods are healthier for you, especially if you chose to grow them organically.
Start a rainwater collection area, and use that water for your garden. This is a simple, albeit messy, way for your kids to be actively involved in the process that doesn’t need too much supervision.