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Happy Earth Day! Now DO something to celebrate…

By Michelle May, M.D.

Earth Day is a wonderful time to consider how the small changes you make have a big impact on our planet! Here are a few ways our family has become more mindful about our carbon footprint:

  • Fortunately, the city of Phoenix has a recycling program so we recycle more than we throw away
  • We use canvas bags for our groceries (I’ve spoken at hundreds of conferences over the years so we have an eclectic collection!)
  • We collect all of our plastic wrappers, bread bags, etc. and return them to a bin at Frys grocery store for recycling
  • We rarely buy water bottles any more
  • We use reusable containers instead of plastic bags for lunches and leftovers
  • My husband started composting (I took too many science classes to go near it other than tossing our produce waste into a bowl!)
  • My next book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat will be Tree Neutral – which replants all trees consumed in the printing process, reducing the net effect of paper consumption on the environment
  • We just put a vegetable garden in a wasted strip of yard on the side of our house. Here is our first baby pepper!

CIMG5875 You can see more photos of our garden, read more about composting, and recipes at my daughter’s blog: www.VeggieTeensCookbook.com.

Gather your family and brainstorm ideas about small steps you can take then share what you came up with in the comments section below!

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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