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6 Ways to Get Lean by Going Green

Eco-Friendly Choices Can Slim Your Waist and Fatten Your Wallet

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  • VAINVT
    First time I heard the word 'flexitarian', but that is what I've been for years. Some friends thought I was vegetarian because I cook so many vegetarian recipes and order vegetarian when I eat out, but I just find it more interesting and varied.
    Good, clean, simple article. Thanks, - 3/18/2014 8:18:18 AM
  • BOBNIKON
    Human beings always defy to live their lives under the conditions of nature-given. Since we acquire the brain that is so complex that we would be able to manipulate it in order to obtain the preferred way of life regardless of any nature-given conditions. We have conquered the most effective conditions to live in such a harsh climate in some particular regions on earth. Human beings can manage to inhabit anywhere around the globe. Other creatures have to adapt their DNA in order to transform their bodies to be suitable for such an environment. That can take millions of years. Why humans can settle down to live anywhere in just one generation? Because we have such a complex brain that can manipulate things around us. In order to inhabit in any region on this planet regardless the conditions of the habitats.
    Humans build the structure to dwell in from variety of materials for their comfort and existence. These materials may have come from different sources such as the trees, elements underground, sand, stones and so on.
    All these materials require energy to operate the tools or create heat to alter them to be the finished materials in the process. Ironically, We also need energy to keep our dwelling warm in winter and cool in summer as well as household appliances to be operated. They all need energy to work for our well being. An energy allows us to choose the lifestyle that we prefer. So it becomes an important part of our lives. We cannot live on comfortably at any given time without it.
    There are two methods to obtain this energy in the form of electricity. One method is to burn fossil deposits such as crude oil, coal and convert heat into electricity. Our planet has the ample supply of fossil deposits at the present time but they will be depleted. So far, nobody can predict when that will happen. The other method is called "green energy" such as windmill, solar power and water dam along with some other green energy methods such as ocean waves, geothermal and so on. Green energy is clean and good for all lives to live naturally but all of them come with the conditions or restrictions when to yield electricity and when not being able to. Most of them can yield a minuscule amount of energy. All of them can supply the energy up to 1 percent of the total energy consumption we need. The rest is taken care by the first method. Which will carry on consuming limited natural resources. In addition, this method emits the heat and pollution into our atmosphere Which contributes to the cause of global warming.
    Ironically, we have nothing to rely on going into the future. Moreover, we increase the rate of energy consumption by increasing the population. Not only that we bring in new lives but also multiply them on every new generation. The existing ones are prone to live longer due to advanced technology. That means we consume the limited natural resources progressively to obtain the energy for the increasing numbers of population. It is obvious that these resources will be depleted one day. The crux of this matter is, what the later generations would do when they have to face the depletion. Is there anything our generation ought to do to ensure the certainty for them when we are a part of chain reactions of bringing more population into this planet. But it appears that we live our lives day by day with no plans at all. Contrarily, we have done the right thing when it comes to food. There is something that we have got it right for decades. That is why we have food enough to support the increasing numbers of population. Our earlier generations used to hunt animals for their food. They actually drove some species to extinction. At some point of time, the later generations started to realize that if we keep killing animals for their meat from the wild to support the growing population. As the time goes by we will drive these animals to extinction. That means no more meat to eat later on. The right way is to farm them by selecting the ones from the wild that litter in large numbers and use the knowledge in genetics to turn them into the way we want. We do the same thing on vegetation as well so we can ensure that we have enough food to sustain the growing population. Unfortunately, when it comes to energy consumption we have not found the right way to handle the situation. Not until now.
    Fortunately, there is a new idea emerges on horizon. The idea to manipulate the effect of interactions between water and air driven by the most reliable and powerful forces. Thus, the outcomes will be an ample supply of electricity for us to use at no running costs. It is a complete "green energy".
    This idea creates the apparatus that goes on pumping electricity by itself. This idea is the key to solve a lot of serious problems that we are now facing. Does it sound too good to be true?!?! Go to http://hydro-electrenergy.com to find out. - 11/28/2013 1:38:16 PM
  • Another benefit to parking the car and going in rather than using the drive thru: you get to know your bank teller, your barista, even your fast-food counter person. These days when we're so isolated from other people, it is good to make personal contact whenever possible. - 3/13/2013 7:58:39 PM
  • I'm curious whether buying local and organic vegetables and fruits really has green benefits. While some food travels 1500 miles from farm to fork, much of that travel is using rail and truck -- both of which may be far more efficient in terms of emissions per pound of food purchased than the local farmer and his pickup truck. I wonder if this has been carefully studied.

    And the idea that buying from the farmer is economical because the transaction eliminates the middleman has not happened in my experience. Farmers' market foods tend to be kind of pricey compared to the nearby big markets in the city. - 3/13/2013 9:29:04 AM
  • Thanks for the encouraging article! Flexitarian... what a great term. We started visiting the tfarmer's market after our Saturday morning run, and the produce prices are better and they last longer thanthe store

    Another area to go green is in your skincare. Choose products without harsh chemicals, petroleum, or animal bi-products and you will be helping both the environment and your body in BIG ways

    While quality, organic products may have a higher sticker price, the value is far better than those with cheap fillers and expensive packaging.

    Healthy lifestyle - 3/12/2013 12:18:57 AM
  • we use vinegar in a spray bottle for windows, glass, TV's and counters. works better, cheaper and no more asthma attacks from windex. - 10/21/2011 11:48:12 PM
  • I believe we need to participate in civil and urban design.
    In America and Australia (where I live) car culture rules supreme. I am active and vocal in being part of the solution for people and animal friendly neighborhoods.
    Get involved in your community: when we live in unpolluted, sustainable living spaces we naturally move our bodies more & connect with our communities. - 4/22/2011 10:29:45 PM
  • To those who won't cut out meat (I saw a comment about not being able to get enough protein) - there are plenty of ways to get non-animal based protein. Want tips and suggestions - please ask me how and I'd love to help!!

    p.s. Most people eat way more protein than they actually need to. - 4/22/2011 9:06:51 PM
  • Ridign a Bicycle even at $4/gallon gas does save money unless you need to exercise anyway. Why, the food required to fuel a bicycle commute costs more than gasoline. 1 Gallon of gasoline can move an effecient car about 25 miles on a average commute. To travel 25 miles at somewhat relaxed pace on a comfortable bicycle, most humans will need around 900 kcal. That's a full meal... which will cost you at least $4 if you eat healthy.

    Make the comparison with an electric bicycle or a scooter, and things just got skewed for the worse.

    Just making a point that you don't always save as much as you think. So unless you eliminate a car form the household, or need that commute as a from of exercise, it won't save you as much money as you think. Gaoline is still a very cheap form of energy. - 4/22/2011 4:30:53 PM
  • i live in a city, i have no prior knowledge of growing fruits or veggies and using old and repurposed containers i have started my own garden this year and it is doing quite well with some dirt, compost i make in a trash can in my house by a window and water...start up cost was all of maybe $5.00 for seeds. i don't own a car and do everything by bus or walking, even grocery shopping and i have 4 kids. granted somethings are too far to walk to or the roads are unsafe (or there isn't a bus where you live, etc) but i think this list is actually very practical and totally doable by most. - 4/22/2011 4:13:38 PM
  • Even though there are good suggestions here, one must do what is practical for them. For example, I live in the rural area of my city so walking anywhere isn't really safe due to a lack of sidewalks along our two-lane roads. Growing my own food isn't practical because I don't have the knowledge, skill, or start up funds to start a garden. I don't go to fast food drive-thrus. If I do get fast food, it is usually at a Subway or the local non-chain burger joint where I can park my car and walk in. I'd like to live accroding to these suggestions and someday I will. Right now, it's not feasible. - 4/22/2011 3:30:59 PM
  • I agree that these are great suggestions but not all of them are practical for everyone. The nearest grocery store is 6 miles away. The fruits and veggies are not fresh. I could walk or bike but how would I get my groceries home and what do I do with the kids.

    I won't cut back on my meat. As it is I rarely get enough protein. Much of the meat we eat is grass fed cattle raised locally or wild meat that has been hunted.

    But, as with many things, we do what we can and what works for one doesn't mean it works for all.
    - 4/22/2011 2:13:27 PM
  • Liked the article-full of practical advice.

    I must be doing something wrong in the "grow your own food" department. With a tiny yard, I plant tomatoes in a container. The cherry tomatoes do just fine, but I'm lucky if I get two decent tomatoes per plant all summer long...off to the farmer's market I go. - 4/22/2011 10:56:33 AM
  • Everyone wins when we follow those simple recommendations! - 4/22/2011 8:56:20 AM
  • SUPERNURSEMOM
    I commute to work 5 days a week, in the morning when I get off the commuter bus, instead of taking the subway, I walk 20 minutes to work. I burn around 80 calories and save $2.50 in metrocard fare per day. - 4/5/2011 8:20:08 AM

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