Day 34 – Food for thought

This has been an enjoyable week for me, blog-wise.  I’ve had lots of ideas about food, and ways to green my eating habits.  As I reflect on my food choices, I think it all comes down to a mindset.  We need to be aware of what we’re eating – where it comes from, how it was grown, how it was processed, etc…  But it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information about food – does it contain GMO’s?  What are “natural flavours”?  Does local matter more than organic?  Whenever I get frustrated with the information overload, I come back to the most basic question of “where does it come from?”.  If it’s meat, was the animal humanely treated and fed quality food?  If it’s produce, how many weeks of trucking and flying were needed to get it to me?  And so on.  I feel that if I keep this question in the back of my mind when I’m shopping and ordering, I can rest assured that I’m probably making mostly green choices, and likely getting some healthy food into myself at the same time.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at “food week”

  • Beer:  Love this pledge, and have totally kept to it.  Discovered Kawartha Lakes Brewery Raspberry Wheat beer, and that’s been my brew of choice this week.
  • Cheese:  Yup, ate mostly organic cheese this week.  I say mostly because this past weekend I’ve been up north at my parents place, and you just can’t buy organic cheese in the grocery stores in Minden.  But tomorrow I head to Haliburton to stock up.
  • Chocolate:  Again, a tasty pledge.  I haven’t actually had any chocolate at all this week, so I guess I’ve stuck to this one?
  • Leftovers:  Been rocking this one.  Focus on eating the leftovers the next day, so I’m not dealing with gross 2-3 day old stuff.
  • Local produce: This one is actually really easy here in the Haliburton area, as local produce is abundant in the summer.  Forget farmer’s markets, there are road-side stands, and the local fruit market is really good about stocking locally when it’s available.
  • Spork: My kid used one this morning, and I still have one in my purse, though I haven’t had occasion to use it yet.

And as a tasty conclusion to food week, I’m going to indulge in a (second) butter tart, locally made at a yummy area bakery.  Sweet!


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