Five ways to help the planet and stay healthy at the same time

I am so happy to see more and more options being made available to everyone to live a healthy life. I’m even more excited to see that these options are so eco-friendly! I’m going to talk about all things earthly and I have a delicious recipe to try now that the weather finally seems to be getting better (hope I didn’t just jinx it!).

Without even thinking about it, I can think of so many ways to help the environment without compromising a healthy lifestyle. In a way, a healthy lifestyle should include the environment. Remember when we were little we were always told “leave any place better than the one you found it in!” It was repeated by teachers and parents growing up and it became part of my DNA. So, of course, I want to leave this land better than I found it.

Doing our little bit for the environment doesn’t mean that everyone has to go completely green all of a sudden. Like everything we do in life, it’s about giving it a little thought and making a few small changes to make a positive contribution. It’s easy to say “walk to work” when your job is 10 minutes away, but that’s not always the case. We can’t all walk the kids to school and then rush home to take the car to work. And don’t get me started on the unpredictability of the weather…

Here are 5 ways to do your part for the environment with a healthy lifestyle:

1) Buy as many fruits and vegetables without packaging. When I can, I love going to farmers markets to buy fresh produce. www.neighborfood.ie can be a good resource for finding local markets in your area.

2) Ask your local stores if they plan to support this in the future – if they know customers want it, they are more likely to provide it.

3) Recycle as much as possible and reuse those bags! Repak.ie has a lot of great initiatives around recycling that you might want to check out.

4) Grow your own vegetables – this could be a great project to get the kids involved too. A great resource to check out is www.giy.ie to help you get started.

5) If the businesses are local, take a walk rather than the car.

Not all of these things will be things you can adopt into your daily life, but if it starts a conversation about other things you could do, great! Check out your local community and see if there are any projects you could get involved in to improve where you live. There are so many initiatives such as Tidy Towns, Walking Clubs, Cycling Clubs

Wellness tip: Look for ways to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into your daily lifestyle and choose one to implement.

Exercise advice: Walk on the wild side! This week, use the car only for necessary journeys, if possible, walk. No elevators where possible, use those stairs and increase the number of steps this week.

Fried turkey

recipe from:Derval O’Rourke

A super quick, easy and healthy midweek dinner option

Preparation time

10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 chilli, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

  • a thumb-sized length of ginger, grated

  • a handful of broccoli, cut into small florets

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks

  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 400g ground turkey

  • 3 teaspoons of soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

  • 125g brown rice

  • a handful of basil leaves

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger and sauté for about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the broccoli, carrot and bell pepper and sauté another 3 minutes.

  4. Add turkey mince, soy sauce and fish sauce and sauté for 8 minutes or until turkey is cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions.

  6. Ladle the cooked rice into warmed serving bowls, making a well in the center. Place the sauté on top. Tear the basil leaves and sprinkle them over the stir-fry. Serve promptly.

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