Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Earth Hour and Earth Day are behind us, but global warming is a reality that doesn’t take a break. It’s here with us 365 days a year, threatening our well being and potentially wreaking havoc on our fragile planet. But there’s an empowering choice every single one of us can make at least three times a day that can help mitigate the effects of climate change, air and water pollution, rain forest destruction, soil erosion and deadly diseases. This simple choice of changing what’s on our plates at breakfast, lunch and dinner can reduce global warming by 18% (more than all of transportation combined!). Since the 1950’s, raising beef cattle has destroyed 70% of Central and South American rainforests – a further insult to injury to the global warming crisis. Livestock production also wreaks havoc on our water systems, contributes to top soil erosion and is a factor in some of the deadliest diseases: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, as well as the food borne illnesses such as “Mad Cow” (CJD), bird flu, foot & mouth, E. coli, listeria and salmonella poisoning. Despite these risks, however, most people find the prospect of changing their eating habits intimidating, confusing or just not “doable”. When I first became a vegetarian I have to admit it was hard. The only option outside the home were pastas and carbs, not great for the figure or our overall health. It took me while but I finally got into it and I have to say NOT eating animals feels pretty good. If you want to go veg, there is help, Evolving Appetites is run by one very cool lady. Nimisha Raja walks the walks and talks the talk. I wish I had found her 4 years ago. Here is how she can help you make the change: Evolving Appetites helps you adopt a healthier, ecological, compassionate lifestyle through a series of workshops, classes and personal consultations in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Raja offers personal consultations & speaking engagements, customized and priced to your specific needs. As well as being the keynote at your corporate function, community, social or school event. I think the corporate “Lunch ‘n Learns” ( customized wellness day workshops on healthy eating) are fantastic because they have the potential to reach so many people at once. Raja can also help you clear your kitchen, she'll show you how to get rid of all your unhealthy foods in your fridge and pantry, and teach you how to replace them with healthy alternatives. She provides one-on-one guidance on gradually eliminating unhealthy foods from your lifestyle and personal cooking instruction in the privacy and comfort of your own home Please have a look at her website www.evolvingappetites.com. A note, if you don't want to go 100% veggies, you cab take meaet out of your diets three times a week, it'll help the planet and your health too. Bon Appetite. Eco Candy.