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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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 to the farmer's market I go.
  • Everyone wins when we follow those simple recommendations!
    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.
    I was surprised last year when I saw one of the vendors at my local "farmers"' market buying bulk tomatoes at the local super store. He was selling the tomatoes the next day at the farmers' market and charging more! It is so easy to be hoodwinked by shady people.
    Our church, the United Church of Christ, has a Lenten Carbon Reducing Program. It has us reducing our carbons for lent. I am going to offer this article as further incentive! Thanks. JaneWK1
  • I like the term "flexitarian" - I am not giving up meat completely, but I have greatly reduced the amount I consume.
  • Thanks for the thought-provoking article. We are int he process of going greener and will be implementing several of your recommendations.
    Again, thanks!
  • What a good article. I have 3 reuseable safeway and 2 reuseable wal*mart bags. When I need to go both places for a few items I take my bags and walk there and home. I really enjoy doing that.
  • I agree if you can do it walk. I try to always walk or bike to go get coffee. It also gives me a chance to meet and see more of my neighbors and to find out about what's going on. Today, I met a bunch of folks from my local bike club and we are all planning to ride together. Also, I saw a very cool classic car show in town that I would have never seen had I not been on the bike. Going green can be fun.
  • I liked this article, but i have a problem with quoting the study about how if every American walked 30 minutes a day instead of driving, we'd reduce carbon emissions. This sounded great at first, but for most of us, it's empty advice. Many parts of our country are not set up for walking. Where I live, I can walk around a little lake path, but I can't walk to any places that I would normally drive to. I would love to walk to work, but part of the route has no sidewalks, there's a very dangerous intersection to cross, and it's all along smoggy, trafficy roads. That's not the kind of walking I'm willing to do -- it's bad for my asthma and not fun at all.

    So when I walk 30 minutes a day (which I know is good for me) it's along a path or along a lake. It doesn't replace the driving I do. I wish it could. When I'm in a big city, I walk instead of drive. But I can't do that where I live, and I think that's true for a lot of us. So I think part of getting healthier and reducing carbon emissions is to set up communities where we can walk to do errands or get to work. Just telling us to walk instead of drive is not enough.

    By the way, I did like the part of the article about not going through drive throughs and wasting gas and polluting the environment that way. I also want to quit drive throughs because they always use plastic cups for sodas that are hard to recycle (and, of course, I want to stop because the food is so bad for me) I'm really trying to go cold turkey on fast food.

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