Eco-Friendly Eating Habits, Sustainable Practices for Gut Health

As we celebrate Earth Day, it's a perfect time to reflect on how our dietary choices impact the planet and our well-being. Eating local and embracing sustainable eating practices can benefit the environment and our gut health. Let's explore how incorporating low FODMAP and plant-based foods into your diet can contribute to sustainable practices for gut health.

Eating local a planet-friendly choice that’s good for your gut health

Whether it’s your backyard vegetable garden or a weekly trip to a nearby farmer’s market, eating local food is one of the top ways to reduce the carbon footprint associated with transporting food long distances. It’s also a good answer to the question of how to support local farmers, producers and small businesses. By eating local, you're not only helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also preserving farmland and supporting your area’s economy. Local eating is a simple yet impactful way to care for the planet while you stock up on low-FODMAP, gut-friendly foods.

How to eat whole foods for sustainable living

The term gets thrown around a lot. Wondering what are whole foods, exactly? Whole foods are simply foods that are minimally processed, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. They’re also packed with nutrients. By opting for whole foods as the base of your nutrition, you're not only nourishing your body with essential vitamins and minerals; you’re also reducing the waste associated with excessive packaging and processing. Whole foods are the foundation of a healthy, sustainable diet. Be sure to choose anti-inflammatory, gut-friendly options; luckily, when it comes to minimally processed foods, choosing low-FODMAP becomes a lot simpler!

Embracing plant-based low FODMAP foods

It’s one of the cornerstones of eco-friendly eating. Plant-based diets have been proven to have a lower environmental impact compared to diets high in animal products. There are also plenty of delicious plant-based protein options available, so even if you’re an athlete trying to hit a personal best, there’s a way for you to do it while mixing in sustainable practices for gut health. By incorporating Fody’s plant-based, low FODMAP foods into your diet, you're supporting your gut health and reducing your ecological footprint. 

Need a primer? Plant-based low FODMAP foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains that are gentle on the digestive system and environmentally friendly. Learn more about how to choose plant-based low-FODMAP foods here, and check out our products to discover plant-based gut-friendly sauces, low-FODMAP garlic- and shallot-infused extra virgin olive oils and no-bloat condiments that can enhance every dish you prepare.

Supporting sustainable agriculture through low-FODMAP plant-based foods

Opting for low FODMAP and plant-based foods encourages sustainable agricultural practices like organic farming and regenerative agriculture. These practices promote soil health, biodiversity, and water conservation, creating a more resilient food system that benefits both people and the planet. By supporting sustainable agriculture, you're investing in the future of our food supply and the health of our environment. Eco-friendly eating is a win-win!

Reducing food waste, preserving the planet

Food waste is a significant contributor to environmental degradation, accounting for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Luckily, eco-friendly eating includes a range of practices that can help counter it. By planning your meals in advance (which is also a great way to stick to a sustainable, gut-healthy way of eating!), storing food properly, and repurposing your leftovers into new and amazing gut-friendly dishes, you can minimize food waste and reduce your environmental impact. 

Want to learn more about planning sustainable gut-friendly meals for an eco-friendly diet? Discover our low-FODMAP recipes and meal plans that help you make the most of your ingredients and reduce waste.

Gut health is personal 

So we’ve talked a lot about the health of the planet and the importance of knowing how to make sustainable food choices–but there’s a deeply personal aspect to eco-friendly eating, too. While the benefits of eco-friendly eating are clear for the planet, they also extend to your gut health. Low FODMAP and plant-based foods are often gentle on the digestive system, reducing the risk of digestive issues like bloating, gas, and discomfort. By prioritizing gut-friendly foods, you can support the health of your gut microbiota and your overall well-being.

Making sustainable choices every day

Earth Day is a great reminder that small actions can have a big impact on the health of our planet, on the health of our communities, and on the health of our bodies! By incorporating sustainable eating practices into your daily life–like eating local, choosing whole foods, and embracing plant-based low FODMAP options–you can make a positive difference.

Earth Day is a chance to reflect on how connected our dietary choices are to  the planet and our health. By embracing eco-friendly eating practices, you can support a healthier planet and a happier gut. 

From all of us at Fody, happy Earth Day!

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