National Nutrition Month: Beyond The Table | A Holistic Approach From Farm To Table.

National Nutrition Month beyond the table holistic approach

It’s here again! March marks the celebration of National Nutrition Month. It’s a time when Nutritionists, Dietitians, health enthusiasts, and foodies alike come together to explore topics related to nutrition and wellness. This year’s theme goes beyond the mere act of eating; it encapsulates the holistic journey of food, from its origins on the farm to its final destination on our plates. National Nutrition Month: “Beyond the Table” A Holistic Approach from farm-to-table emphasizes the significance of learning and appreciating all stages of food production and delivery, with a focus on the farm-to-fork sector of nutrition.

In this blog post, we will unlock the power of mindful shopping while empowering you to not only consider the nutritional value of food products but also their environmental and social impacts.

If you haven’t read Food Explora’s Nation Nutrition Month blog post from last year, you should check out their educational post on Sustainable Eating for the Environment.

National Nutrition Month:
Farm-To-Table Holistic Approach.

Shopping through supermarket aisles with purpose involves looking for local and seasonal produce whenever possible, support organic and regenerative agricultural techniques, and reduce food waste by choosing goods with minimal packaging.

By selecting whole foods over processed alternatives, we not only nourish our bodies but also help to create a healthier and more sustainable food system.

National Nutrition Month serves as a reminder that nutrition is more than simply what we eat; it also includes how our food choices affect the environment around us.

 “Beyond the Table” encourages us to live a healthy lifestyle that goes beyond our own plates and considers the well-being of communities, ecosystems, and future generations.

As consumers, we have the ability to help shape the food industry through our purchase habits.

We should all celebrate our food system’s richness and diversity, celebrating the farmers, producers, and advocates who work persistently to provide nutrition for our meals.

By adopting a holistic approach to nutrition, we can make better-educated decisions that benefit not just our health but also the environment and society as a whole.

Let us go “Beyond the Table” to create a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

 

PRACTICAL HOLISTIC APPROACHES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT AND GOOD NUTRITION.

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What Holistic Approaches Can You Adopt For Sustainability?

Eat Local And In-Season Foods:

Supporting local farmers and purchasing seasonal vegetables helps reduce transportation’s carbon footprint  while supporting regional agriculture. Farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and local food cooperatives are good places to get fresh, locally sourced foods.

Make Whole Foods Your Best Friend:

Incorporating whole, minimally processed foods into your diet provides essential nutrients and helps lessen the environmental effects of packing, processing, and transportation. Choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Reduce Food Waste:

Reducing food waste is very important for environmental and economic reasons. Planning meals, properly storing leftovers, and being creative when using ingredients in various dishes can all help to reduce food waste.

Composting organic waste such as scraps of herbs, vegetables, and fruit peels can help divert food waste from landfills to enrich soil.

Support Sustainable Agriculture: 

Choose organic, fair trade, or sustainably derived products or produce whenever possible.

These certifications most often imply that food was produced in an environmentally friendly manner that promotes soil health, biodiversity, and ethical labor standards.

Check out my blog HERE to learn about the real meaning of Organic Foods and the reasons why we should include them in our dietary lifestyle.

Reduce Meat Consumption:

This can be a difficult one for individuals like myself who grew up eating meat all their lives. Plant-based diets have been found to have lesser environmental effects than diets high in animal products.

Consider eating more plant-based meals and limiting your consumption of red and processed meat. Choose responsibly sourced animal products.

Grow Your Own Food:

Even if you live in an apartment with limited space, growing herbs, veggies, or fruits at home can help you feel more connected to your food and minimize your dependency on store-bought goods. Container gardening, vertical gardens, and community garden plots are excellent choices for urban dwellers.

Choose Sustainable Seafood:

When shopping for seafood, choose species that have been harvested sustainably rather than those that have been overfished or caught using harmful fishing tactics.

To ensure responsible sourcing, look for certifications from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Spend a bit more and get wild-caught fish instead of farm-raised ones. They are healthy and safe for the environment.

Reduce Single-Use Plastics:

Minimize the use of single-use plastics such as disposable utensils, straws, and packaging whenever possible. Choose reusable alternatives such as stainless steel water bottles, reusable shopping bags, and glass food storage containers.

Educate Yourself and Others:

Knowledge is power. It empowers us to make more informed decisions related to our health and the food we eat.

Stay current on topics related to nutrition, agriculture, and the environment, and share your knowledge with others. Encourage your friends, family, and community members to join you in implementing sustainable and nutritious food practices.

Visit reputable websites like EATRIGHT for health and nutrition information published by Dietitians and other qualified nutrition professionals. 

Support Policy Change and Advocacy:

Participate in advocacy activities to advocate policies that support sustainable agriculture, increase access to healthy foods, and reduce environmental pollution. Donate to groups focusing on food justice, environmental protection, and public health programs. These include but are not limited to the Global Health Advocacy Incubator and God’s Love We Deliver.

Activities For National Nutrition Month.

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The 2024 National Nutrition Month theme, “Beyond the Table,” encourages us to look beyond our plates and evaluate the complete food process, from farm to fork. By adopting a holistic approach to nutrition, we can make better-educated decisions that benefit not just our health but also the environment and society as a whole.

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31 thoughts on “National Nutrition Month: Beyond The Table | A Holistic Approach From Farm To Table.”

  1. Eating locally and sustainably is probably one of the best things you can do for your body! This is one of the many reasons why I love living in Alaska. Because we’re not attached to the mainland US, there is a huge push for food security and plenty of local food options like milk, eggs, meat, and produce. We buy as much of this as we can to support the local farmers and support our good health at the same time. Great article!!

  2. I like the concept of having a national nutrition month. It can truly encourage more people to eat and live more healthier!

  3. It’s a great post full of helpful information. I was recently introduced to meal planning, and I find the idea amazing. I’ve always wanted to reduce my food waste, just didn’t know how. Thanks for so many tips about sustainability.

  4. I love this topic! Thank you for proving such important information and thorough details on nutrition but also how to live more sustainably!

  5. Very informative post on National Nutrition Month. I love the tip to support local farmers and purchase seasonal vegetables. It really helps in so many ways all the way from farm to table.

  6. This was such an informative article regarding a holistic approach to nutrition! I learned a lot. I really want to start gardening more but I dont have a green thumb. It’s something I need to learn a lot more about before I try it again. Thanks for sharing these tips to living more sustainably too!

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