(I meant to update on the Sustainable Diet Once-a-Day Challenge yesterday, but the opportunity to sit down at the computer just didn’t present itself. Ah, such is life!)
I am really enjoying this Sustainable Diet Once-a-Day Challenge. It has caused me to stop and consider the ingredients of every meal I have prepared and eaten. Where did my produce come from? How far has it travelled? How long has it been off the plant? How much oil was burned to get it to my table? We eat mostly organic food, but that doesn’t equate sustainable, and although I’ve been highly aware of food issues for a good number of years, I’m now really examining the food on my plate in a way I haven’t before.
So, how have we fared this week? On Thursday morning, we ate delicious free-range organic eggs from our friend Lesley’s farm (our hens are not laying right now). Dinner that night was a delectable quiche made with more of Lesley’s eggs, and local organic mushrooms. On Friday morning, we sweetened our oatmeal with our own homemade maple syrup, fresh from the trees just days before. I found one lone egg in the coop, which went into this morning’s pancakes (which were also smothered with our homemade maple syrup).
While I’m pleased to be including these wonderful, sustainable items in our meals, this challenge has caused me to realise that my diet is not nearly as sustainable as I’d like it to be. The veggie seedlings growing by the window give me some comfort, but our family still has a long way to go.
I’m anxious to get the salad greens sown in the garden soon!
I’d love to hear how you’ve met the challenge so far! Leave a comment here on the blog and then hop over to Twitter where you can search #sustainablediet to see how folks are eating sustainably!