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An Ultimate Low-carbon Footprint Diet — Does That Exist?

By Fredrica Syren

Well, yes, it does —  at least if you believe Kate Geagan, a recognized nutritionist and the author of Go Green, Get Lean.  It’s no secret that we’re heading toward more body fat and more weight gain.  We see ads for diet pills and different diets are everywhere: on TV and radio, in magazines, on billboards.  I believe that the obesity epidemic is a result of having too much food accessible and that food has been drained of nutrients.  Portions have become larger, so we tend to eat more in restaurants, and take home foods lower in nutrients and higher in calories.  This also causes a ton of garbage. Now I’m not a believer in diets but rather in lifestyles, and as a mom of vegetarian children, I strive on a daily basis to make healthy and green choices for my family.  What caught my attention about Kate Geagan’s book is that it is a diet book teaching you how to save the planet and your health at the same time.  That is something I can believe in.  I also realize that some people find keeping healthy and staying at a healthy weight a challenge, so if you are going to follow a diet, why not choose one that promotes healthy eating — one that does not include diet products or processed foods, but rather vegetables, fruits and whole grains?  Geagan’s book contains great advice on how to go green with food and why, meals plans and fun recipes, and how to make the right choices when shopping for produce, seafood and meats. I also like that Geagar gives a few side notes with important information for example how far food travels and how much fuel that takes and how much green house gases the dairy industry causes. She does not make you go vegan but instead encourage you do eat mindfully. My favorite part was the side bar on bulk foods and benefits of them and my favorite recipe in the book is the slow cooked porridge, yum.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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