Green Living Start Guide
Hello there and welcome! This Green Eating Start Guide is meant to help you navigate Fork in the Road (FITR) and guide you on your path to living and eating green, whether you’re a super sustainable off-the-grid homesteader or a green eating and living newbie (hey, we all gotta start somewhere!).
Ready to jump in and learn how to go green? Let’s do it!
First things first, let’s talk about the Fork in the Road Philosophy:
Fork in the Road is a resource for people like you, those who care about the earth and want to do what you can to leave the world a better place than you found it. We do this by:
- Choosing real, whole foods that are grown and raised responsibly and that nourish both you and the planet
- Creating a home that is a “sanctuary space” free from harmful products and chemicals and full of good energy
- Exploring and connecting with the world around us through green, conscious travel that is not exploitative of cultures or natural resources
- Cultivating a strong sense of well-being through mindfulness, intention, and a strong focus on self-care so you can live grounded and give back to the people and world around you
You can ready more about Fork in the Road here, but the underlying tenet of this site is not just to share recipes, but to encourage you to adopt a green holistic lifestyle. This includes shopping and eating with the seasons, building a home that is your safe haven, exploring the world ethically and consciously, and getting back to the basics of living intentionally. It’s a big task, but I’m confident that if we take small steps together we will eventually change the world — one day (and one plate) at a time.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY!
One way to do this is to join the Fork in the Road Community, where I share new recipes and articles, green living guides, and weekly newsletters sharing my sustainable living discoveries and wellness tips. Sign up now and get a FREE meal planning guide to get started going green!
One of the biggest ways to go green and drastically reduce your individual impact on the environment is to eat a sustainable diet and adopt green kitchen and home habits. Choosing whole, real foods that are sustainably grown and raised is healthy for you and healthy for the environment.
Not sure how to start? Don’t worry, our Green Eating Guides have you covered.
- What is Green Eating? Your Simple Sustainable Eating Start Guide
- What is a Sustainable Diet?
- Plant-Rich Diets: Good for You + Good for the Planet
- How to Create (and Stick to) a Weekly Meal Plan
- How to Plan Meals Around Your Weekly Farmers Market Trip
- How Meal Planning Helps You Be a Sustainable Eater
- Which Ethical and Sustainable Food Labels Can You Trust?
- What are Superfoods and Should You Be Eating Them?
OK, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RECIPES?
If you need a little inspiration in the kitchen based on season, meal type, or dietary preferences, check out the Green Eating Recipe Index to search 150+ simple, plant-forward recipes using seasonal ingredients and helpful how-to guides for going green in the kitchen.
Interested in learning more about individual ingredients and how they’re grown? Search our Seasonal Food Spotlight post series for a deep dive on plant-based ingredients and their history, cultivation, sustainability, and ideas for cooking. A new ingredient spotlight is posted each month!
While FITR is predominantly a recipe blog for sustainable foodies, there are lots of great green living tips and resources to help you transition to an eco-friendly lifestyle — from green and ethical home guides, eco-friendly production recommendations, zero waste living tips, and green guides and resources.
- Your Zero Waste Kitchen Start Guide
- Green Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas
- 20 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers Under $20
There’s lots more Green Living Guides to come on FITR, so check back often. And if you’re interested in a specific topic area, don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know!
Fun fact: many moons ago FITR actually started out as a travel blog. While the true underlying topic was the food I ate while traveling, in the beginning the content here was devoid of recipes and instead focused on all the foods I ate across the world. While we’ve made a shift, the travel guides and resources still live here on the site and in the near future I hope to dive deep into ethical and conscious travel to help you become a more eco-friendly traveler.
Some of my favorite past Green Travel Guides include:
- A Beginner’s Guide to Volunteering Abroad
- 5 Ways to Eat Like Royalty When Budget Traveling
- A Seat at the Table: Dining Etiquette from Around the World
- Travel Guide: Bogota, Colombia
- Food Touring Mexico City’s History City Center
While you, green eater, are my primary audience here on Fork in the Road, I have had many fellow food bloggers, registered dietitians, and nutrition students reach out for more information on how to start a food blog and how to become a dietitian. For this reason I have two FITR Resource post series aimed to help.
RESOURCES FOR FOOD BLOGGERS
Are you a budding food blogger? That’s great! I’ve blogged in some way, shape, or form since the early 2000s (I’m aging myself here), but only began getting serious about recipe development, food photography, and building a brand around my blog in the last few years. I won’t lie to you — it’s a lot of work and it takes a very long time to start seeing returns on your time investment. However, it’s totally worth it if you love sharing food with the world and love staying challenged each and every day.
Check out the FITR Food Blog Resources page for blogging tips, including:
- How to Start a Successful Food Blog
- How my Food Blog Side Hustle Made $20,000 in its First Year
- 7 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make as a New Food Blogger
RESOURCES FOR FUTURE REGISTERED DIETITIANS
So you wanna be a dietitian? How exciting! I began my journey to become a registered dietitian nutritionist after having a career in logistics for many years, so I’m what you call a “second career dietitian.” I’ll be the first to tell you that’s it’s a long and winding road to get those coveted “RDN” credentials after your name, but it’s absolutely worth it when my job is literally to talk about healthy food all day.
Not sure where to start on the road to RD? Check out the Future Dietitian Resources page for all resources, including:
- How to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- 4 Things to Do NOW as a Dietetics Student
- 5 Common Dietetic Internship Personal Statement Mistakes
- Taking the RD Exam? This is Your Pep Talk
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me and I’m so happy you’re along for the ride!
I hope you find FITR a helpful resource for you in your journey to eating, living, and feeling whole and well. If you have questions or would like to see a topic that I haven’t covered, feel free to contact me any time!