One of the ways to help our climate is through evaluating our food choices, but staring at the supermarket shelves, it can be a minefield.
What should I eat?
What is healthy?
Is it sustainable?
How do I know if it is sustainable?
There are lots of aspects to juggle on such an essential part of life: eating. Chuck in being the first time you cook for yourself, and the added stresses of a big life change such as going to university, it is enough to make you not even try. This is where Nutrition Revolution comes in.
What is Nutrition Revolution?
We are a group of students and staff from the University of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of our universities through transforming student’s diets and food choices. From personal experience, we know that universities are hubs of transitions; habits made during this sensitive life stage can have life-long effects.
To do this, we have developed a month-long Planetary Health Meal Plan and recipe book launching in mid-September that is centred on the Planetary Health Diet developed by the EAT Lancet Commission. It is a seasonal meal plan with links to local producers and shops to source ingredients with the aim for it to be easy, affordable, and accessible. We have had plenty of help along the way by professional chefs, nutritionists, scientists, professors, retailers, and many more to make it the best it can be and had a successful pilot in June.
What is the Planetary Health Diet?
It is a way of eating that is healthy for both people and planet.
It provides flexible targets based on extensive scientific evidence, with an emphasis on a plant-forward diet.
Therefore, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes are a large proportion with significantly smaller portions of meat and dairy, although they are still an important part of the diet.
Due to this flexibility, the diet allows for variation depending on individual preferences and contexts. This is particularly important when addressing food waste that is another focus of the EAT-Lancet Commission.
It was developed by the EAT-Lancet Commission that consists of 19 commissioners and 18 co-authors from 16 different countries. It is an interdisciplinary commission with knowledge from agriculture, human health, political sciences, and environmental sustainability.
How Can You Get Involved?
Sign up to our month-long Planetary Health Meal Plan:
Join us at 6pm on the 20th September for our Launch Event & Cook Along: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nutrition-revolution-launch-tickets-168972496285?fbclid=IwAR0H-Udtb4ZekZKw-Qs4Y94CS3Cag75G0taIU-poefgnm-WMWKEiKjhfEcA
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