UGH… I hate to do this. To put it out there in public, or cyberspace, that “I have a food waste problem.” But it’s true. And for me, growth and mindfulness often are limited until I speak the truth out loud. So I am.
- I go to restaurants when I have a lot of food in my house.
- I buy food without realizing I already have the same (perishable) item.
- I spend money too freely when I’m under stress or life is very busy. I often grab takeout instead of making cheese toast and eating an apple.
- I eat more than I need to under all circumstances.
- I often shop at stores with ridiculous prices.
- I throw away perfectly good food (apparently 40-50% of food purchased in America gets wasted!!!)
- I always make too much food for parties (and then send it home with my friends). That’s not all bad…but it may not be the best use of money.
- I spend a huge proportion of my budget on restaurant meals. If I get really brave I want to post that number here.
I want to analyze a few things:
- The benefits of eating out (time with friends, trying new things, supporting local businesses) vs. the benefits of eating in (cost, use of money, hospitality, modeling for my kids)
- What gets wasted and why
- Where I shop and whether the premium services are worth the extra money
- Whether to compost again
- What else I could do under stress besides use money to solve the problem
- Eating lower on the food chain
- Eating more responsibly in every way
- What cost there is for my overeating and whether I want to CHOOSE to pay it
I came across a blog that is promoting a Food Waste Reduction Challenge. Check it out, and join as I have: