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Sustainable Eating & Living

Earth Day was last month but consider what you can do to continue the momentum to eat and live in a way that sustains the planet.  How you shop at the grocery store, the foods that you choose and how you get to your food can make an impact.  In addition, you'll save money and eat healthier!  Here are a few tips to get you on the path of living the "eco-nutrition" lifestyle.

  • Eat Local and In Season - When you buy from the farmers' market you not only support your local farmers but will save on pollution and fuel use.  Many of the foods found at the grocery store will have traveled from other states or countries to a distribution center and then to the store.  Going to the farmers' market will help you tune into what is in season at the moment.  Foods from other countries are typically out of season for your local area and will not be as fresh.  Plant an edible garden, there's nothing more local than your yard and talk about fresh!  You may also find grocery stores that support local farmers and label where various produce comes from.

  • Buy Organic - Conventionally grown produce tends to use petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides.  Eating organic produce will reduce exposure to chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides.  Organically grown foods have proven to be higher in nutrients due to better farming practices.  Conventionally grown foods tend to be grown in soils that have been depleted, thus the need for petroleum-based fertilizers.  Currently the cost of organic produce is coming close to matching the price of conventional produce.  This another way to promote the expansion and support of organic farms, vote with your dollars.  As an added bonus you'll avoid genetically modified foods (GMO) since these foods do not meet the organic labeling standard.

  • Buy Just Enough - With some meal planning you can reduce food waste by buying just what you need for the week.  A nutritionist can help you with meal planning and ways to repurpose leftovers to create interesting dishes without having to eat the same all week.

  • Have Less Meat - If you're not thrilled with becoming a full-fledged vegetarian you could choose one or two days a week to not have meat.  The resources used in meat production are huge; water, soybeans and corn for feed,the carbon footprint for transportation and the greenhouse gases produced place a a heavy load on our planet.  The nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet are significant, reduced risk of multiple chronic diseases and greater longevity with improved quality of life.

  • Walk or Bike to Your Food Sources - Save on gas, reduce emissions, get more exercise by walking or biking to buy your groceries or to dine-out.

  • Plant an Edible Garden - This is an inspiring way to eat more vegetables and to get more creative with cooking.  Join up with neighbors to share the bounty for more variety.  You'll eat well, use fewer resources and get in touch with what our planet has to offer on the most basic level.

Please contact Sheri if you're interested in meal planning or edible gardening for Spring.  Sheri has various plans to meet your individual needs.  You can learn how to live the "eco-nutrition" lifestyle.

Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist/personal trainer/health coach: assess nutrient intake, disease prevention through diet and exercise, improve exercise performance, sleep quality, improve mental clarity, improve digestion and nutrient absorption, establish long-term healthy habits, meal planning for a whole foods diet and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle for you and the planet. 


Diet Sodas and Brain Health

In a recently published study in the journal Stroke, a link was found between artificially sweetened beverages and having a stroke along with a higher likelihood of developing dementia.  The participants who reported drinking at least one diet soda per day were three times as likely to have had a stroke and 2.9 times as likely to have developed dementia.  If you're drinking artificially sweetened beverages, now is a good time to find healthier alternatives and there are plenty to choose from.

Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 14 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:  or call:  206.789.6440

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