This week’s challenge, from Reduce Footprints, is about waste, but there are two issues connected in this one challenge. I’ve got the first down, but still working on the other one.
So what is this week’s challenge: Watching our portion sizes.
Are you up for this challenge? I know that you are!
I am trying to lose weight, nothing new, but having less mobility has caused me to gain weight and I’m struggling to find that happy balance between what my body really needs and not starving myself. I struggled when my boys left home to only shop for one person. After feeding two teenage boys and their friends/girlfriends, I got used to buying quite a lot of food. Then when it was only myself it was hard to figure out just how little I needed to buy. Fresh produce was the hardest. I wanted a variety of fruits and vegetables in my diet but some foods aren’t sold in small enough quantities, say a bag of grapes for one.
I’ve done better about the vegetables, this winter I am growing my salad greens in the front window, I’d show you but I am just starting another batch so there isn’t much to see. I need to learn to reseed before I run out. This saves on waste as I only clip what I intend to eat. Fruit is a bit harder, but now I freeze what I can’t eat before it goes bad and use it in smoothies.
Same with my meals. I often prepare more than I will eat and divide it up to freeze in serving size portions. I must be doing something right because I have very little in the way of food scraps frozen for the spring compost. Mostly onion and potato peels, along with apple cores and fruit peels.