Eating with Benefits is a real-life, earth-savvy, back-to-basics approach that redefines “good” food.

This is a simple, practical, science-based approach for cooking more & eating better that is based on good-for-you, good-for-the-planet advice that people can accommodate into their everyday lives.

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 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 this period of social isolation, most of us have spent more time in the kitchen than ever before. And it’s no surprise that food finally took its rightful position, centre stage. 

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

That’s how Eating With Benefits came to be.

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What is Eating with Benefits?

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It is real-life, simple, accessible & science-based. It is designed keeping the people and the planet in mind. 

Eating with Benefits is a practical, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet approach to food that illustrates how food that is good for us at a personal level is also good for us on a planetary scale. 

It offers a sense of abundance even during trying times and is designed to counteract the stresses & environmental impacts of modern life. At its core, Eating with Benefits shows people how to cook food that tastes good, is good for one’s physical & mental wellbeing, and is good for the planet.

Inspired by the EAT-Lancet Commission recommendations and the Food & Mood research from Deakin University, Australia comes this simple framework of 7 strategies to help us all cook more & eat better.

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

7 Strategies of Eating with Benefits

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What we eat, impacts our physical health and our mental wellbeing. In addition, our food choices have an enormous impact on the prosperity of the planet. These 7 earth-savvy strategies can be used to fit to your life. They offer room to improvise your own menu plan and to 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 Veggies. Sounds simple enough, right?
  3. Eat More Lentils. Double your intake.
  4. Halve Your Meat. Replace with vegetables, beans and lentils.
  5. Eat Something Different from the day before. Diversity in our diet supports our gut microbiota.
  6. Love Those Leftovers. Cook once, eat twice. Freeze what you don’t need. Reduce what you throw away.
  7. Shop Local, Think Sustainable. Local is great, as much as possible. And when not possible, choose sustainable.

What’s Next

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