I Followed The Climate Diet For A Week And Now I’m Afraid We’re Doomed

I down another spoonful of peanut butter with some pecans and a handful of dried pears for a snack. Dinner is another hit of leftover tofu, rice, and greens, and it’s just as good as before. Shockingly, I feel no need for dessert or evening snacks. Am I...full?

Day 5

Breakfast: Two slices of bird bread with almond butter and a whole apple, which is so filling that I can’t even finish it. I slowly snack on the leftovers over the course of the morning. Lunch is the last of the tofu and rice, but I ran out of greens, which is okay, because I’ve been exceeding my slender fruits and vegetables allotment. No need for afternoon snacks, and I don’t careen around the office in a sugar-seeking haze like I normally do in the late afternoon. The climate diet is winning me over. At dinner, a friend and I walk over to a local shop and pack bowls full of falafel and roasted vegetables, pushing me about 25 percent past my vegetable allotment. I don’t feel bad about it. I realize I’ve lost a mitten, which makes my chilly bike ride home miserable, but then I remind myself that in 80 years, winter will be a faint memory in many parts of the country, so I should appreciate this chill while I can.

Day 6

The next day is cold and miserable, but at least it’s Saturday. Things look up after my friend delivers some whole wheat cheddar scones, which are delicious. I drizzle some olive oil on one in place of butter: highly recommend. Lunch is a salad made from odds and ends I dig out of the fridge (#nofoodwaste). I miss the feta I would usually add but make up for it with an aggressive dose of nuts, olive oil, and briny olives, along with one egg, the first I’ve had in days. Mid-afternoon, the hunger monster appears and I pour glugs of olive oil over some labneh laced with chopped herbs—I don’t know if I can quit you, dairy. Dinner ends up being a solid half of a margarita pizza and a beer at a nearby bakery and bar.

Day 7

Have I made it? I’ve almost made it! Breakfast wasn’t really breakfast, because I went for a long run and by the time I got back it was time for lunch. I inhaled a mountain of pinto beans buried under a pico de gallo that I chopped up quickly, shoveling them into my mouth with a short stack of corn tortillas. That was, in fact, the only real meal I ended up eating all day—I ended up out with friends in the evening, grazing on sweet potato tater tots (fits into the starch category, I guess?) and maple-roasted brussels sprouts. Delicious, but I went to bed hungry once again.

The verdict

When I could plan ahead, I was fine—full, luxuriating in ample pours of olive oil and scoops of nut butters, and pleased to be eating the Mexican food of my childhood again. But if my routine got derailed and I ended up out with friends or coworkers, if was difficult to find climate-friendly food options. Meat was everywhere, and if it wasn’t meat, it was cheese, and if it wasn’t cheese, it was sugar. The cheapest option was almost never the thing that would leave me, or the planet, feeling our best.

None of this is truly a surprise, but nor was it encouraging. We need to radically rethink the underpinning of nearly every aspect of our existence in order to stave off further climate catastrophe, but if that change is too hard—if it’s more expensive and time-consuming than the alternative—we’re setting ourselves up for failure. Eating for the planet can’t be something only for wealthy people with plenty of time and offices with big fridges that can accommodate a small castle of Tupperware.

I can’t say I’ve lived a totally climate-balanced food life in the few weeks since I embraced the climate diet. I can’t shake my coffee, and I default to the easy option—rarely the most planet-friendly one—far too often, particularly when I’m traveling. But I’m glad to have a framework that helps me make thoughtful choices, and I’m more aware of this food system that pushes me to eat a burger instead of a bowl of lentils. And that’s the next step to tackle: Making climate-friendly eating the default for everyone rather than a challenge for the few.

Source : https://www.bonappetit.com/story/climate-diet

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