Eating Sustainably

Good Nutrition Is Sustainable Nutrition

Sustainable is going to be the next trendy health and diet word of the next century.
Sustainable refers to how food acts in our body (in other words, can I keep eating a certain way indefinitely without harm?)
Sustainable also refers to how food is grown, harvested and transported. 
Certain food production methods are sustainable – that is, they can continue on indefinitely without causing damage to people or the planet. Organic growing practices, properly pastured animals, and regenerative agriculture practices like soil management, biodynamic farms, and permaculture, are all sustainable and healing to the earth.
Many farmers today are working in harmony with animals, plants and the earth to produce healthy nourishing food. Those people are heroes.

pastured pigs

Unfortunately, many of the largest food systems we have in place today – like factory farming and mass monocrop agriculture – are considered by science, economic and environmental experts as unsustainable.
factory chicken barn owned by tyson foods
Factory chicken barn owned by Tyson foods
They cause harm to the environment. They are cruel. They are eroding and deadening our life-giving topsoil. They are wasteful. They seep chemicals into our waters.
The over-arching question that a highly-populated planet must ask itself is: Can we keep eating food, and producing food, the way we are now?

big tractor spraying chemicals

It’s crazy to think about the fact that up to 50% of all food produced goes to waste – while hunger and malnutrition are still major issues across the globe.
The fact of the matter is that we have a planet that isn’t growing, but a human population that is.
When we are just starting out on our health journey, we are rightfully focused only on ourselves. Many of us are desperate for change. We have a chronic disease, we’re depressed, we have no energy for life. We NEED to get ourselves better, and that is Priority 1.

Diverse Set of Young Professionals Eating Dinner Together

But at some point, once our health is seeing sunnier days, we start to look further out. We start to consider our planet. We start to consider how food gets to us, and what it was treated like before it arrived in the factory for processing.
We start to wonder what kinds of corporate shortcuts, chemicals and synthetic feeds and fertilizers are used to grow food as fast and cheap as possible.

We start to wonder about all these toxic ingredients, and we also start to wonder about what sort of nutrition these cheap fast fake foods give our bodies.

damaging fats

This is our case for starting to Eat Sustainably. When you feel like its the right time, you can start to dip your toe into the world of local and sustainable food systems.
It’s important to realize that there are, by and large, local/sustainable options in nearly every food category – not just vegetables. In most areas you can get sustainable meat, sustainable fish, sustainable dairy, sustainable eggs, sustainable grains and breads, etc.
Below are some articles and resources to get you started.
And as always, if you have specific questions for our team feel free to reach out!

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Sustainable Dinners for Winter

Lamb, Peas & Mint over Parmesan Polenta

Lamb, Peas and Mint over Parmesan Polenta

Pastured lamb, creamy polenta and a mixture of other flavors and textures balance beautifully in this elegant dinner. Makes a quick weeknight meal if you’ve pre-made the lamb on a prior night.

Hamburger Shells & Cheese

Hamburger Shells & Cheese

A perfect chemical-free upgrade to Hamburger Helper – this comes together in about 20-30 minutes and serves 8.

Chicken Nuggets & Fries

Homemade Chicken Nuggets & Fingerling Fries

The healthy version of a fast-food classic. Kids and adults alike love the the crispy crunchy chicken and soft chewy roasted fries. Don’t forget your favorite dipping sauce!

Braised chuck roast with root veggies

Braised Chuck Roast with Miso, Red Wine & Alliums

Hands-off pastured beef braise with loads of veggies & a nourishing, healthy sauce. Fantastic cold weather comfort meal – and a great crowd-pleaser.

Creamy Vegetable Bisque Soup, Served Here with Chicken Breast & Parsley

Creamy Vegetable Bisque

The bisque that will make you never want boxed tomato soup again.

Braised Grassfed Beef Barbacoa Shawarma

Grassfed Barbacoa Shawarma

The perfect marriage of Mexican and Mediterranean, this scrumptious Barbacoa tastes equally great in tacos and wraps. Use pastured beef for sustainable eats.

Quick Pesto Pasta with Drumstick for easy dinners

Quick Pesto & Drumstick Pasta Dinner

The recipe that’s not a recipe at all – it’s a Meal Prep! Perfect for dinner after a stressful day.

Grilled Pollo Asado

Grilled Pollo Asado, Spicy & Mild

Pastured chicken thighs at their very finest. Use chipotle powder for the ultimate smoky spice – or smoked paprika for a mild, kiddo-friendly version.

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