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Today’s news addresses how sustainably raising meat is actually better for the environment than skipping out on it altogether and also how staying up late with bedtime procrastination is a habit that’s worth breaking right now.
Less Isn’t More: Going Meat-Free Won’t Solve the Environmental Problem
- The refrain among people who are concerned for environmental health has become “eat less meat,” but one environmentally-minded grazier points out how this doesn’t solve the problem.
- Sustainably raising animals, and letting them graze in a free-range way, actually supports the full circle of environmental health.
- The process of grazing animals is timeless and ecologically friendly—it supports new vegetation and leads to more careful treatment of the land itself. Graziers actually have to be intimately connected to the earth in a process of detecting and giving the land what it needs. It’s the polar opposite of commercialization in the meat industry.
- Graziers who want to approach the process in a restorative way face the reality of having to undo decades, if not more, of poor land management practices, along with the growing misconception that all grazing and animal foods are “bad” for the environment.
- “Eat less meat” simplifies a complex issue, and misses the point that returning to sustainable, restorative pastures and farming methods could actually benefit the environment more dramatically than simply transitioning to a more plant-based diet.
- This type of sustainably raised and sourced food costs more, for good reason. Prioritize this where it’s feasible, and if you have the means, do the work to help make sustainable farming more of a reality in your community.
- Read more from Civil Eats.
Bedtime Procrastination Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health
- In a world that’s busier than ever, sleep problems are also common. Whether you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, there’s also a third type of sleep disruption: choosing to stay up too late because of procrastination. Maybe you don’t get enough alone time in the day, or you put off going to bed because you fear it’ll take too long to fall asleep, but not having a regular bedtime can contribute to significant health issues.
- People who tend to procrastinate in their daily lives, for any number of reasons, may also avoid going to sleep at a regular time. A complicated bedtime routine can actually contribute to this process.
- So what’s the solution? A power-down hour. Instead of putting yourself on a forced bedtime, create a power-down hour that is broken into three 20-minute chunks: time to tidy up last-minute to-do items from the day, focus on hygiene, and wind down the brain with meditation, journaling, or prayer. After you’re done, any obstacles to getting yourself to sleep will be reduced or removed.
- (As a reminder, it’s impossible to take care of other aspects of your health, no matter how well you eat or how much you exercise, if your body is rundown from a lack of necessary and restorative sleep.)
- Read the full article from Wired.