How do you balance living a healthy and sustainable life style with economic realities?



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    This is a very good question. There are things you can do for your health and for your environment regardless of your financial situation. For instance you don’t need a gym membership to exercise. You can do exercises at home, go running, biking, etc. Depending on the distance of your daily destinations you can bike or walk to your destinations, getting exercise and reducing your carbon footprint simultaneously. Anyone can practice water conservation, power conservation and recycling; in fact doing so will lower your utility bills. 

    The biggest restraint for the average American is maintaining a healthy diet. We have become so accustomed to carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and fat, that it is difficult to make the transition to a healthier diet. This isn’t to say that healthy food can’t be great tasting, but that the ingredients to make its so are often expensive and the preparation time consuming. American food production and distribution is tailored to be low-cost and fulfill the demands of hundreds of millions of people. It cheaper and faster to make food taste descent than to make it healthy. This is the food we are most frequently exposed to and the food which is most affordable; this is the pitfall of the American diet. There are ways around this which are affordable, but you may have to make some sacrifices in time or taste. 

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    I think one of the oldest sayings in the book applies here too.  Everything in moderation.  Unfortunately because being green is not as mainstream as some other popular activities and products, it is often more expensive and costly in other ways (time, energy, resources) to stay eco-friendly.  For many people this causes a conflict because they desire to be green but their wallet won’t allow it.  

    That being said, like aaron10 mentioned there are a ton of ways that you can be green without spending a cent (or at least not the pretty penny you’d get charged at a typical store or vendor).  Taking some of those ideas into consideration (work out at home, grow your own fruits and vegetables, turn off the lights when you leave the room) can all be factored into your healthy and sustainable lifestyle so that if you need to stray from the greener option every now and then due to financial reasons it will all be part of an overall healthier lifestyle.  With where we sit right now in terms of greenness, every little bit helps and if everyone did their part to the best of their ability we could be in a much better place along the road to keeping our Earth and her inhabitants healthy.     

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