Many gardeners have learned that composting is a difficult, complicated process that requires extensive knowledge of ratios, chemicals, temperatures and materials, plus a lot of time and effort. That sounds more like a prison sentence, and less like fun. We’re here to say it doesn’t have to be that way!
Some of the happiest people I know are those who simply try to make better choices 80% of the time; the other 20% of the time, they give themselves a break and indulge in their favorite food or beverage. This is the way I try to live my life. Food (and eating) is one of the great joys in life for many people, me included. I will never pass up the chance to eat a slice of lasagna (especially if it’s made by my grandma or dad). My favorite dessert is probably cheesecake or ice cream. I’m not a huge chocolate eater but I do like candy (mainly fruity, chewy stuff). Oh yeah, and I’m a dietitian.
With April being National Stress Awareness Month, it’s a good time evaluate what our stress factors are. It’s important to investigate the issues that are triggering anxious feelings. Take a moment and write down a few items in your life that are causing you to feel overwhelmed. Of course, there may be several items on your list that are out of your control. But what areas on your stress list can you change how you approach it? More than half the battle with stress is not what is causing it, but how you respond. By identifying and taking steps to improve these areas, you’ll start to notice a change in your energy levels and mental clarity.
What you eat and drink has a huge impact on carbon footprint. When available, buy organically produced products. Organic foods are produced and grown in an eco-friendly way by taking crucial steps to reduce water waste and protect soil and air quality. Local foods are also a great way to ensure lower carbon emissions. Locally grown means the food travels less distance from farm to mouth, therefore creating lower gas emissions.
There are many ways to do this without giving up flavor. Choose a lean meat or meat alternative such as Simple Truth Frozen Meatless Crumbles. The texture and taste will be very similar to ground meat, especially if using it as a browned meat in tacos, sloppy Joes, casseroles or meatloaves. Let healthy additions of organic fresh tomatoes, peppers, squash and herbs provide the substance and flavors. If you choose to use lean beef, remember to drain off the fat. I even use paper towels to blot off extra fat from meats.