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Changing Habits

Do You See The Light?

Becoming more aware of our lifestyle and our effect on the environment is a gradual process for most. Changing bad habits to good habits is what it is all about. Why waste energy for example by using incandescent light bulbs and even compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs) for that matter? Not only are we wasting energy (and resources in the background) but we are also wasting our money. This can amount to 100s of euro per annum for householders and 1000s of euro for businesses. The price of light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs puts most people off. This is another bad habit we have developed where we think 'cheaper' is 'more value'. We need to think about savings made over the lifetime of the product as opposed to the initial cost. CFLs are replaced every 5-8years whereas LEDs can last 20-25 years. The following newspaper article explains how switching to LEDs, although appearing to be an expensive choice, will save its cost in under two years and give years of substantial savings afterwards.

Heal 'thy' Food

Food is another example of how we need to change our habits. Cheap processed foods are unhealthy and are often shipped half way around the world at enormous costs to the environment. Choosing local and organically or biodynamically grown food has many benefits. Firstly, you are benefitting your health, secondly, you are benefitting the local economy by supporting local growers and, thirdly, you are helping these producers to help the local environment where you are visiting by eliminating the use of pesticides, insecticides and petro chemical fertilisers used to grow non organic conventional food. Organic food may cost a little more but if you shop around you will find that you can buy a good range of organic basics in supermarkets and health food stores at reasonable prices for the duration of your holiday. For example Lidl supermarket chain sell organic milk, cheese, pasta, tomato ketchup and some veggies (remember though - the nearest farmers market will be more locally grown :) You will also be offered organic food while staying at any of the tourism operators listed on this website and you will find they supply or will know where you can source local organic vegetables, foodstuffs etc. (one of the criteria for being listed on this website).

Finally please consider the health aspect of food. Consuming fresh organic local food where you stay during vacations (and where you live) helps you to maintain good health and should mean less visits to doctors and the associated expenses. Organic food typically costs no more than 20% above conventional foodstuffs so over your lifetime the extra cost is worth it in potential medical savings. Hopefully you will ultimately be inspired to grow some of yoour own food too on your journey in life and this will balance out your investment considerably.

The following article will introduce you to immune boosting vegetables that you may not be aware of. Try and incorporate them into your lifestyle and diet and see the difference in your health. Live a quality life. Eat the best quality food available. Don't cheat yourself out of essential luxuries in life :)