Eliminating Single Use Plastics From Your Kitchen

Sometimes I come across articles that are so well written I don’t see any point in rewriting them myself.

Such is the case with How To Tackle The Single-Use Plastic Crisis in Your Kitchen which appeared in the Serious Eats blog this week.

With all the take-out food from the pandemic, the use of single-use plastics is at an all-time high, with corresponding environmental consequences.

This post thoroughly explains the issue and helps you figure out how you can reduce your use of single-use plastics.

My best advice on the subject, of course, is to prepare all your meals at home from ingredients purchased at the farmer’s market or and carried home in a reusable basket, or grown in your own backyard. No plastic involved.

The Lifecycle of a Food Product

When we are evaluating food products, the first thing we need to consider is that we only see one aspect of the whole food—we see it when it’s sitting on a plate or in a bowl, all beautifully prepare to delight our senses. But this is just one facet of the whole lifecycle of the food, from the seed that takes form to the decomposition back into the Earth.

I’ve written about lifecycle at length at LIFELY: The Lifecycle of a Product so there is no need to repeat that here. Please go read it there. It even contains a comparison of the lifecycle of an industrial salad kit versus a fresh homemade salad. You’ll really see the difference once you know about product lifecycle.

Festive Fruit Instead of Birthday Cake

Over the weekend, one of Larry’s sisters came over to bring Larry a gift.

She said, “I would have brough chocolate cake, but I thought you would prefer fruit!” And she handed him a tray of an assortment of fruits, cut into bite-sized pieces.

Well, in fact, as much as we love chocolate cake, we really appreciated that she brought us fruit that would support our dietary choices instead of hinder our goals.

This reminded me of Edible Arrangements, which I have known about for years but never pursued. I had an idea that I might want an edible arrangement for my birthday, so I looked them up. It’s too commercial for me. Not organic. And instead of being just fruit there are all types of goodies mixed it.

Successful Actions of Eating and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual for Food

Earlier this week I had one of those stunning moments where you realize something of staggering importance that changes everything.

You can read the whole story at LIFELY: Successful Actions and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual. Here I just want to show you how this applies to eating and food.

So-Called Natural Sweeteners That Are Not-So-Natural

I was just about to send out my newsletter with the post Maple Syrup and Sugar: The Sweetener of Spring when I received an email promoting an article about sugar alternatives that “won’t poison you.”

I had to click through, of course and find out what these “sugar alternatives” were.

They turned out to be
1. xylitol
2. stevia
3. raw honey
4. molasses

These were presented in the article as “natural solutions.”

But are these sweeteners actually as they occur in nature? Are they whole foods?

Eating Whole While Moving to a New Home

Last week I didn’t do much cooking because Larry and I were moving to our new home! You can read all about the move at LIFELY: Our New Home. Basically we moved out of our bedroom where we had been living in Larry’s Mom’s house into our tiny-house-under-construction and a storage room, about 100 feet away. So no moving truck, but a lot of walking and carrying.

Larry and I moved everything ourselves so it actually took five days. It took a lot of time and walking back and forth between the main house and the storage room in another building.

Fortunately, my office and kitchen were not being moved so we could still eat. But I just didn’t have the time or energy or attention to prepare all three meals as I usually do.

But we did do pretty well with our wholefood eating.