7. Enjoyable eating culture – because food should be enjoyable!

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Food, diet and eating habits are part of a bigger picture that includes cultural contexts of eating that, in part, inform our behaviours. In order to have a sustainably healthy and enjoyable diet the context of eating should also be taken into consideration. Food should give us pleasure, it’s biological, we can’t (and shouldn’t) deny it, but how we eat our food and who with plays a role in this. In this finale of the 7 principles of sustainable eating I look at what, from my point of view, is one of the most important aspects of food – pleasure.

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5. Minimally Processed Food Preference (we sure about this…?)

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So, this is the one principle of sustainable nutrition that I take the most issue with. Processed foods have received a fair bit of press over recent years and most of it extremely negative. I want to uncover with this post why this might be and present some alternative realities around processed foods.

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4. Choose Fairtrade products (when and if you can!)

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When Fairtrade first started to creep into my consciousness (mostly from my amazing mum who has been shouting the good cause since we were kids) it was just another picture on a chocolate wrapper to ignore. But as my interest in where food comes from, sustainability and general interest in trying to be a better person grew I wanted to understand more about what it actually means. Hopefully this post will allow me to share some of what I’ve learnt, mostly through being a coffee and chocolate junkie!

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1a. Plant-based food preference – from a health perspective

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A plant-based diet can be described as one where at least 2/3 of the diet is composed of foods that either are plants or are made entirely from plants – e.g. whole fruit and vegetables, pasta, seeds, pulses and nut butters. Interest in following plant-based diets has increased in recent years; veganism having grown by 350% in the UK since 2006. The Eatwell Guide (the UK’s healthy eating guideline) is also actually composed of 75% plant-based foods.

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How can nutrition be sustainable..?

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I have a very deep rooted and personal interest in food, nutrition, the environment and sustainability. So, when I started studying nutrition academically and first heard the term ‘sustainable nutrition’ it’s safe to say my heart beat a little faster in excitement!

Definitions:

Sustainable – ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level’

Nutrition – ‘the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth’

Therefore, sustainable nutrition – ‘sustainable production of healthy, nutritious food as well as healthy diets sourced, made and disposed of sustainably’ (Forum for the Future)

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