Nov 6, 2009

The Trash-Free Diet

I was thinking about what I wanted to write about nutrition and/or exercise this week, and then I read this article. Colin, also known as the "No Impact Man," wrote a great article about how if we ate a "trash-free" diet, we would become healthier because fresh, healthy foods are usually free of all packaging. What a simple, yet profound idea.

I heard on NPR today the statistic that today 1 in 4 young people are obese, which is up from 1 in 20 only a generation ago. When are we, as a society, going to do something about this epidemic that makes a difference on a large scale?

I think it starts with awareness, education, and individual choices. Next week I will try going trash-free, meaning that I will not purchase anything from the grocery store that comes in a package. Anyone care to join me? Share your comments below.

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  1. That's a huge challenge! I'm excited to see how it goes and what you learn. I've been thinking today about a slightly related idea --the theory that if we could get today's girls to be more active, the next generation would be less obese, because fit mothers who make a habit of exercising and eating well then model that to their children, and it seems quite natural for the next generation to eat well and be fit themselves. Something to think about, anyway.

  2. @ newzriter - I completely agree with your theory about active girls leading to active mothers and, likewise, a more active and fit society. It IS something worth thinking about... Thanks for commenting!

  3. This is so true! Do you ever notice, though, that most people buying produce at the grocery store stuff it into plastic produce bags?? This makes me crazy! Why do you need to put that stuff in plastic bags? Our grocery store sells green bins, and I bring mine with me every week and load my produce into it so it's not rolling aimlessly around in my cart. I've never actually seen anyone else do this though.