I don’t usually start my new year’s resolutions until well into January, there’s always too much pressure earlier and most of the things I want to change are better done on a slow burn as it were. Of course, I have the usual resolutions like most people – do more exercise, drink less wine (not much hope!) and eat less cake but I’ve also set some food related goals for myself and my business. Don’t worry I’m not going to get into clean eating or paleo diets (I’m not sure what they are anyway and I’d like to keep it that way)! So, here’s what I want to do:
1. Eat less meat than we usually do and don’t buy it from supermarkets at all – EVER. Two years ago I said I would stop eating shop bought pork, ham, bacon etc. and I’ve been pretty good about sticking to this so I know I can change my habits. I just have to persuade my family that they want to do this too as they’re more carnivorous than me.
TIP: If you’re looking for alternatives to supermarket meat, use your local butcher who will be almost certainly be happy to tell you how great the meat is and where it has come from. There are also some great meat box schemes available, both organic and non-organic and your local Farmers’ market will be sure to have producers selling direct and keen to tell you all about the meat. And, as an added bonus, you’ll also reduce your use of single-use plastic which leads me neatly onto my next resolution.
2. Use less plastic. This issue is all over the news at the moment (and rightly so) and if we all do a bit more, it will have big impact. For example, the more you look for ways of cutting down your plastic use, the more you realise our addiction to it. So if you read the wrappers of the foods you buy, so many state that they are “currently not recycled”. This seems crazy to me – why aren’t they using something that is recyclable or compostable? I aim to become more of an activist on this issue.
TIP: I already do some of the 9 things listed in this handy guide to live with less plastic but it has stopped me using the flimsy supermarket bags when I buy loose fruit and veg – I now keep some small food bags in my shopping bags and reuse them each time I shop.
3. I’ve decided to use British rape seed oil instead of olive oil where I can (not on my pasta though). You can find British produced oil by small businesses, saving on food miles, and it’s 57% less saturated fat than olive oil. Check out Devon based Bell & Loxton as a great example. They also use leading edge, lightweight aluminium “bottles”. http://www.bellandloxton.co.uk/
4. Reduce food waste. I’m pretty good at this but then I do have a lot of food about and hence, it’s more challenging. I want to learn new ways to avoid waste, use leftovers and help others do the same.
5. Raise more awareness about salt, ie. make more noise about the levels of salt in a lot of the foods we eat, from shop bought to street food and restaurants.
THAT’S PLENTY TO BE BE GOING ON WITH!