Herd About It?
By Ana Grarian
I have instigated two things into my life to try to help myself eat a better diet, hopefully lose some weight, and be healthier over all even if I don’t succeed in getting thinner. I think these two things will also help my local economy and local agriculture.
I have stopped bringing into my home food stuffs that I cannot control myself from eating. So I do not bring in cookies, cakes, sugar, peanut butter, prepared salad dressing, most bread. I must confess right away that the coffee is staying at least for the time being. I will buy on occasion a particularly good loaf of bread from the farmer’s market, as I find that without peanut butter I can somewhat control my consumption. I do have ingredients (flour,baking powder, olive oil etc), but not much in the way of prepared foods, other than cereal. I am buying local foods like cheese and yogurt and the bread. Though these may be more expensive I find I can afford them because I am not buying heavily packaged, pre-made products that cost more than they are worth and contribute negatively to the environment both in processing and the garbage they produce.
I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) for the first time this year. As it is only me at home I am sharing it with my daughter’s family. This does two things: (1) forces me to consume more and different veggies; (2) helps to support local farms. Joining the CSA was not that expensive and when I go the farmer’s market I hedge so much over what and how much to buy that I usually go home fairly empty handed except for the wonderful pastries that are sold there. Now I have eaten watercress for the first time, found that radishes are ok, and I’m looking into what to do with kale (at least I think that’s kale).
When I go to the supermarket I fall prey to the lure of packaged foods high in sugar, fat salt and mono,di,sorbo,gly fructose whatever that is in there. Hey I love a Twinkie as much as the next guy (though I am sure they tasted better back in the 60’s when I had to walk up hill both ways in two foot of snow under the burning sun to get them yes I am that old). Sometimes it would seem just so much easier to pop a frozen mock dinner into the microwave hence I don’t own a microwave either (or a toaster or a toaster oven – though Big Wally had a toaster/toaster oven combo appliance that just looked so tempting). I have limited space and money so I limit my accoutrements. I find I do very well with a fry pan and a couple of saucepans.
This morning I had a wonderful omelette with 2 eggs, some chopped broccolli florettes, and some wonderfully rich creamy cheese from sheep’s milk. MMMMMMMmmmmmm! And no garbage except for the egg shells which are going to the compost pile.
This afternoon I went to lunch with a friend at one of our local independent bakeries. I had a wrap made with bananas (bananas have a huge carbon footprint so next time I will go with apples), peanut butter and rasberry jalapeno jam and granola etc. OMG! I haven’t had peanut butter in about a month. It was like eating heaven! So if I don’t over indulge at home I can really enjoy it on occasion.
That makes living with less more!