Saturday, January 21, 2012

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

This Saturday morning, I awoke to a beautiful white flurry of snow swirling around outside my window. Winter has officially arrived in NYC! I made myself a cup o' tea and curled up on my couch to tune into the livestream of the TEDxManhattan's Changing the Way We Eat event.

How can YOU change the way you eat?

1. Educate Yourself - There are a lot of great blogs out there including: Sustainable Table, Slow Food USA, The Ethicurean (love their tag line: "Chew the right thing."). And if you're up for a more in depth read, here are some books: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and the 11 Best Food Books of 2011 from The Huffington Post.

2. Shop Sustainable - Shop at your local farmers market and join a local CSA. For the New Yorkers out there, I recommend checking out Just Food for CSAs in your 'hood.

3. Ask Questions - Here are Seven Great Questions To Ask Your Farmer to get your tongue wagging.

4. Eat Less Meat - Eating less meat can reduce your chances of developing chronic conditions like some types of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

5. Eat Seasonable  - Eating seasonally means buying produce that's grown locally and eating it right away in order to enjoy the full nourishment of the food.

6. Grow Your Own - Cultivate your green thumb. If you live in an apt, (as I do), check out Windowfarms, a super cool vertical, hydroponic garden for growing food in your windows!

7. Cook - It's fun, cheaper than eating out and the only guaranteed way to know where your food came from.

8. Drink Local - Approximately 33% of the 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded every year is from water bottles - that means 800,000 tons of plastic water bottles will sit in a landfill for thousands of years before decomposing.  Do yourself a favor and invest in a water bottle. I like Kleen Kanteen because it's BPA-free.

9. Get Involved - Decide what issues matter to you most and join their campaigns.

10. Enjoy!

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHA, AADP