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Being a conscious consumer.

Vegetarians are everywhere.

There is also a fast-growing portion of the population who are trending towards part-time vegetarianism i.e. several meals a week that are free of meat, chicken, fish, and even dairy. Reasons vary, but can include cost considerations, perceived health benefits, environmental concerns, and a desire for diversity.

This is a sound and arguably effective way to cut down on the overall energy debt of your meal. It also exposes you to food and flavour combinations you may not have come across before. And – hopefully! – gets you thinking about what you eat and why.

Being a conscious consumer –  that is, building an active interest in and awareness of what you eat and why – is an excellent way to connect with your health and the environment in which you live. It is far too easy to disassociate from everyday actions, such as shopping for food and routine household items. These things actually have a huge impact on our lives, but seem to take up very little brain space.

There is SO much information available on this subject, particularly about the types of changes we can make to our diets, our lifestyles, and our attitudes that will have a more positive effect down the line. Many of these changes are relatively small, but impact upon circumstances well beyond our immediate experience.

If this is something you’re interested in finding more information about, there are two books I’d recommend as a starting point *see below*

These both take a look at what goes into getting food, along with other ubiquitous bits and pieces that fill our lives, from the starting point to our house. Some interesting reading.

The Ethics of What We Eat

Eating Animals

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About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

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