ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE
These words are thrown around a lot, but basically they mean eating foods based on ethical and environmental concerns: produce grown without pesticides; animal protein from livestock raised humanely; wild-caught or sustainably farmed fish. Ethics and economics combined-millennials want to protect the Earth and its inhabitants. “People my age ask about the origins of things, if it was sustainably treated,” says Jenny Dorsey, a 27 year-old chef whose grandfater has type 2 diabetes. ” We’re focusing on the value-it transcends the actual thing we’re eating.”
USE THIS: Seeking out organic or sustainable foods may help leave behind a healthier planet for your descendants.
IGNORE THIS: Altruism and assets don’t always mesh, and organic food isn’t necessarily more nutritious. Organic or not-eat your fruits and vegetables.
Think of these as simply eating locally. Locavores aim to eat mostly food that’s grown within a certain distance from home, usually from small farms and producers. Forget midwinter blueberries from halfway around the world-you’re aiming to save the environment and support local businesses while also enjoying foods at their peak. “For me, it’s about what’s at the farmers market that week,” Strickland says. ” When we eat out together, my grandmother prefers chain restaurants, but I’m really skeptical of the ways they source their ingredients.” Bottom line: Locavorism encourages you to eat nutritious foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, all of which can help with blood sugar control, Sheth says.
USE THIS: Plant a patio pot with your favorite herbs and vegetables and browse the farmers market for low-cost produce.
IGNORE THIS: Consider locavorism a suggestion rather than a sule.