Lately I've been thinking about food. My goal to only purchase ethically produced clothing is probably a catalyst for this. I felt much more passionate about the issue of sustainable clothing mostly due to my relationship with clothes being a large part of my life due to this blog. But food. Food is a big part of my life too. I mean, I'm eating something every day. I need food to sustain my body. I kind of felt like making the commitment to shop and eat sustainably simultaneously would be biting off more than I can chew. But I figure, I can at least start making changes. At least move in the right direction. I'm already trying to be healthy with being active, but that doesn't make a lot of sense if I'm not eating healthily as well. And part of the thing is that I don't eat "unhealthily" in the sense of eating fast food and mega processed foods all the time. We eat pretty simply, mostly out of frugality. The amount of quesadillas consumed in this house is kind of embarrassing. In comparison to a lot of regular Americans I suspect we probably eat relatively healthy. But I know that I'm not eating anywhere near as healthily as I should. And not only am I not feeding my body the way I should, I'm also not eating in a way that is sustainable for the planet.
I'm just in the nascent stages of thinking about instating a gradual change in my diet to be a) more healthy and b) more sustainable for the planet. Clothing is much easier to make a big, instant change because I'm not forced to go out and get clothes every day. But with food, I am. I have to eat every day. I need to be constantly putting food in my body, so making a big change right away can be overwhelming. Not to mention you still have to eat through all the food you already have in your pantry/fridge. So I'm thinking of making this a goal that I slowly start to bring into my life as I'm educating myself simultaneously. And the more I learn, the easier it will be to know what is going to be the best food to buy. Thankfully, we've got some great stores nearby that stock just the kinds of food that I'll need to buy.
I'm being a little vague on what changes I'm talking about, mostly because I'm not sure yet. Vegan? Vegetarian? Pescatarian? A mixture of various healthy diets? I'm not sure yet. I do know I'd like to phase out meat. I love me some meat, but we already don't eat a ton of it, and I'm not anemic or anything (in fact Dan has the opposite problem, his body makes too much iron!), so it really makes sense to remove meat. Fish? I only get wild Alaskan fish whenever I get fish, and after working as a fisherman in Alaskan fisheries and knowing that fishery I feel comfortable eating that fish. Besides, there's just nothing that can match the taste of wild Alaskan fish. I'd love to eat more local PNW food. We've thrown around the idea of starting getting CSA produce deliveries for about a year, and it's probably time to just go for it. I love the idea that I can support my local community through something that I do every single day. Eating!
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be updating with more thoughts after I actually get into this. This post is mostly just thoughts that are sparking this desire for change. But that's where change starts, right? Just a little seed. I'm excited about 2013. I feel like 2013 is a great year for change.
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