Whole Food, Less Waste

I’m guilty of being a “junk food vegan”. I eat well much of the time, but my indulgences have been frequent and thorough. Tasty vegan products and products that are accidentally vegan abound even in my small town. So, Mike’s Hard Lemonade is vegan…and Oreos…and Sweet and Spicy Doritoes…and, well, you get the idea.

My weight has been climbing as I’ve adopted the laissez-faire attitude of “as long as it’s vegan”. As well as other health and wellness challenges.

I’ve committed to nix the junk food (except on special occasions) and adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet, making most of my family’s food from scratch. Obviously, this will have a dramatic impact on our household waste (chip bags and cookie packaging, I’m looking at you).

A Year Later…

The habits behind food are well-ingrained. I did not see much improvement in our diets or our zero waste kitchen goals this year. I didn’t apply enough effort to fight inertia.

This is about to change. I’m planning on doing a 30-Day Kitchen Revamp challenge in the month of May. One aspect of this challenge will be to cook one new recipe a day. The emphasis will be on vegan whole foods that tend toward low waste. The recipes will be collected in a notebook and I will post recipes that I like to this website.

I’m also going to go back to my French roots and lay out some eating behavior changes for my family.

How About You?

Has your interest in zero waste affected your diet? In what ways? Does it make you chuckle to think of zero waste as a weight loss plan?

Until next time, keep that talk walking!

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