Well, here we are at day 2 of our Four Pounds of Cheese Project, in which I shamelessly show the world the food waste our family of 4 makes this week. Today we did better than yesterday, only cutting out a few bad spots in one of my remaining Alabama peaches. I was going to photograph those spots, but honestly I’m exhausted, and so you will have to simply imagine them. You could hold them in the palm of your hand. They look peachy and a bit rotten.
I also had a bit of baked potato (not photographed), because I’m trying to find things to feed my aging and ailing dog, Dakota. I think her poor 15 year old body is beginning to shut down, and she’s not eating much anymore. She normally likes potato, so I asked my daughter if she would share some of hers. My pup ate a couple of bites, but left a couple more. Poor sweet Dakota. I will show you her picture, just because I love her, and it’s hard to watch your dog go through this final stage of life.
The interesting thing I’ve been thinking about in today’s exercise is the “Clean Plate Club” and how it relates to this food waste project. I find that I am a reluctant member of said club, and unless I can box it back up for leftovers later, I feel compelled to eat everything that is served to me. But I don’t believe this is a healthy attitude towards food, and I actually try to fight this mealtime compulsion of mine. Because frankly, if you eat more than you need, that’s no different from throwing the food out. In fact, it’s worse, because the food is still wasted, and you’ve mistreated your body. Of course the preferred action is finding the appropriate amount to serve in the first place, so you won’t feel overfull and/or have to throw out perfectly good food. That’s the trick. It’s not a guilt thing; it’s a math thing.
My challenge for tomorrow is my sugar snap peas, which I harvested last week from my garden and threw in an open container in my fridge. I will have to either cook or freeze them, or I will be forced to feature them in a later post this week, and I’m determined that’s not going to happen.
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