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Personal and Planetary Health: A Guide to Healthy, Sustainable Diets

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Welcome, health-conscious foodies! Although my focus at Beanpod is on improving the health and wellbeing of my clients, I believe that a balanced diet isn't just about feeling good; it's about doing good for the planet too. Luckily, the two go hand in hand!

In this blog post, I’m going to share some practical advice on how to embrace a healthy and sustainable diet.

1. Plant-Powered Plates

By plant powered, I mean plants make up the majority of your diet, i.e. you don’t have to give up animal products completely to eat sustainably!

Plant-based eating is not only nutritious, but it's also a powerhouse for sustainable living. Explore the diverse world of pulses, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Incorporate them into your meals in creative and delicious ways. From hearty dahls, to bean-based stews to nutty quinoa salads, the possibilities are endless!

2. Mindful Meat Consumption

Although complete abstinence from eating meat isn’t necessary, if the world is going to hit climate change targets set out at the Paris Agreement, we have to shift away from animal products.

Meatless Mondays aren’t quite enough. Try flipping it round and enjoy meat once a week. It’ll make your Sunday roast taste so much better!

If you enjoy your meat too much to reduce it, opt for high-quality, locally sourced, and pasture-raised options. Not only does this promote animal welfare, but it also reduces the environmental strain associated with industrial-scale farming.

(This sounds expensive, right? But eating more plant-based protein keeps costs down too!)

3. Drop the Daily Dairy

Try reducing your dairy consumption and swap in plant-based alternatives a few days a week or with particular meals.

When you do eat dairy products, choose organic if you can - they often have a lower environmental impact because they prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which can harm the soil and water quality.

4. Waste Not, Want Not

Embrace the mantra of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' in your kitchen. Plan your meals, shop accordingly, and use leftovers up (or freeze them). By reducing food waste, you're not only saving money but also making a positive impact on the environment.

5. Packaging Progress

Opt for products with minimal packaging or those packaged in eco-friendly materials. Consider buying in bulk, using reusable containers, and supporting brands committed to sustainable packaging practices.

6. Seasonal Sense and Local Love

I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit smug when I eat fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce. Living in the fens, that’s easier for me than a lot of people who find this inaccessible.

If you can hit up your nearest farmers' market or consider signing up for a veg-box scheme, you're supporting small-scale farmers while reducing the environmental impact associated with long-haul transportation.

What’s more, seasonal ingredients are bursting with flavour and nutrients. Look for hearty root vegetables in the winter and vibrant greens in the spring and summer.


I hope you feel like some of these tips could be manageably incorporated into your life. By making mindful choices in your diet, you're not only nourishing your body but also contributing to a healthier, more sustainable planet.

Remember, small changes matter. So, why not start today? Happy, healthy eating!

Find out more at Eating for Net Zero | WWF


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