Food for Thought

It is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.  (Laudato Si 211)

While in seminary, I took an ethics class in which we studied locally sourced, whole-food, plant-based eating. This class forever changed my perspective and choices, because diet directly impacts health, the welfare of animals, and the environment. A plant-based diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and beans. It’s linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline. In addition, studies show that people who follow this lifestyle tend to have smaller environmental footprints and, in so doing, help to combat climate change. Even small changes, like skipping meat one day a week and replacing it with whole-food options (better known as Meatless Monday), create a positive impact personally, in our communities, and in the world at large.

Nathan Pelz

California Hospital Medical Center, Pasadena, CA