Eating with Benefits is a real-life, earth-savvy, back-to-basics approach that is helping people unravel the secrets of good food. 

This 5-part totally doable, accessible, science-based approach prioritizes the planet AND is designed to keep the well-being of people, front and centre. 

Changing Kitchen Habits

Food is one of the most searched, shared and universally appreciated topics in the world. But it’s also one we know very little about. Over the years, this gap in knowledge has adversely impacted our collective health and the state of our environment.

And then 2020 happened.

COVID-19 has forced us to think differently and look closely at what is truly important. During those early months of social isolation, most of us ended up spending more time in the kitchen than we had ever before. It was no no surprise that food finally took its rightful position, centre stage. 

In this time of crisis, our movements were restricted, and shopping and eating habits changed, and eating out came fraught with complications. Gathering around the dinner table with friends and family became downright difficult. 

That’s how Eating With Benefits came to be.

Puneeta in her kitchen | Maple and Marigold

What is Eating with Benefits?

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It is a 5-part practical, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet framework that is easy to follow and accessible. It is based on ground-breaking research of the connection between what we eat and how we feel, and the impact of food on climate change.  

Eating with Benefits not only illustrates how good food is good for us at a personal level but also is good for the health and prosperity of the planet, but it also shows what we can all do about it.

At its core, Eating with Benefits translates the science and research and shows people how to cook food that tastes good, is good for one’s physical & mental well-being, and is good for the planet, all at the same time.

Inspired by the EAT-Lancet Commission recommendations and the Food & Mood research from Deakin University, Australia comes this accessible framework of 5 strategies will help us all cook more, eat better, feel good and live well!

Sounds intriguing, right? Keep reading to find out more!

5 Strategies of Eating with Benefits

Maple and Marigold | Eating with Benefits

What we eat, impacts our physical health and our mental well-being. There is a mountain of evidence to connect the dots for us. In addition to the impact on our personal health, as it turns out, our food choices have an enormous impact on the prosperity of the planet. The Eating with Benefits framework comprises 5 earth-savvy strategies can be used to fit to your life, and will help you help you change the way you cook and eat every day. These are accessible and flexible and offer room to improvise your own menu plan and customize your family’s favourite dishes.

Here they are:

  1. Add more Whole Food Groups, as much as you can. Choose from lentils, beans, vegetables, fruits, fermented foods, eggs, seeds & nuts, whole grains, fish, herbs & spices
  2. Double Your Lentils & Veggies. Sounds simple enough, right?
  3. Halve Your Meat. Replace with vegetables, beans and lentils.
  4. Eat Something Different from the day before. Diversity in our diet supports our gut microbiota.
  5. Reduce what you throw away. Cook once, eat twice. Freeze what you don’t need. Love those leftovers.

What’s Next

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