In the previous Consume Local post, Sustainability, we looked at improving my diet, for a number of reasons such as, supporting locals, eliminating processed foods, continuing not to drink soda and weening off meat.
Today, we’ll review my progress, look at why I’ve been putting off making food and what I’d like to do for the community here.
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The last time I drank soda was October 05. I’m 69 days in. Don’t need it. Don’t miss it. Don’t want it.
On November 14, I phased out eating pork as the last of the three major meats. Depending on where you are when reading this, that’s either 29 days or 30 days. Let’s go with 30, because it sounds better. It’s been 30 days since I last ate chicken, pork or beef! This leaves two more weeks until I get rid of the eggs in my diet. I’ve been attempting to equally counter the decrease in meat with an increase in raw fruits, nuts and vegetables. It’s not going as well. Which means, there’s only two weeks left to put this new habit in high gear.
Areas of Opportunity:
The next step is to educate myself about what to cook, taking the steps to start, and working with my neighbours to pick up their healthy eating habits. I know the reasons my eating habits are bad, and I’m working to change them one by one. At present, here are the areas I’m working on:
What I’d really like to be doing is hosting the neighbours. Which could include a fruit dish after yoga or a dinner during the week. I’d enjoy being able to prepare something tasty, light and wholesome.
I need to figure out how to work up to this because the idea of spending hours going around for food, translating obscure ingredients and going on a scavenger hunt for natural, high(er) quality foods is going to be a hell of a mission.
Anyone have suggestions on how I can get over this? Or better yet, a tropical, coastal city that’s not stupid expensive with a growing natural foods scene I can move too?