My headache lasted for 8 hours following my first ever real experience with a no packaging diet. For anyone interested in following our path, DO NOT try with a grumpy 21/2 year old at nap time, and a 7 year old who would rather be snowboarding! It was horrible trying to find local food, trying to read the fine print, translating it to English since I live in a French province, and making sure we could afford it with the two of them in tow.
We try to keep our grocery budget around $100 per week, but many weeks we are over. In the past, it has usually gone over due to convenience on the go snacks. Hannah’s schedule consists of 2 days a week of back to back: school and gymnastics. Therefore, we pack a variety of snacks to sustain her through the day. When I say sustain, I am not including the chocolate sugar coated granola bar with fake marshmallows inside…that’s just for her mental health. When eating as a group and everyone else has a fun snack, it is easy to feel left out. I think we are regularly going to have to send her with excess strawberries, watermelon, and blueberries to share with her friends instead.
What was interesting was that when I put her in charge of the shopping, and had a treasure hunt, she made some surprising decisions. One decision we came to together, that local food was not something we could handle at the beginning of January with no preparation from the season before. We decided that no packaging was a challenge on its own, and the local can be a challenge in the spring till the end of the year, although we will keep searching and do the best we can. She also decided that even though she absolutely loves Fruit by the Foot (which we never buy, and she hasn’t had one in sooo long-her words) that she would be happy (with a frown on) to try making fruit roll ups from scratch. I have no idea how to do this…and am devilishly hoping she will forget for a few weeks. I reminded her that she is allowed to cheat twice, once before June and once from Sept-Dec and get to buy one snack item that she wants. Let us pray that it’s not those disgusting gushers!
We made progress on our first trip but as you can tell from the picture there is some packaging that we are in the process of figuring out how to avoid. Although, the small bags in the left hand corner are small composteable bags to get your bulk food in. Plus I purchased a few of their reusable bags that we will have forever.
The next challenges are to figure out a local farm that can supply us our chicken, milk and cheese. Thankfully we can purchase local pork and beef at the grocery store with our own containers. Plus, I am not sure why I didn’t look for local apple cider instead of the tetra packs of juice? But remembered the next time
One of our friend’s Jo has graciously offered to pick up local eggs when she visits her friend. I need to drop off our egg cartons so she can trade them at pick up.
Here are some more pics…it’s getting easier each time we go…
|2nd Attempt was much easier,|
and I was alone
|3rd attempt even better, picked up|
ingredients to make our own yogurt
|Sun chips come in a compostable bags|
and Hannah loves them. As a trade
off for her new eating habits, she can
automatically just put them in the cart,
no need to ask us:)
As for Food Waste Friday I am happy to announce that we only had one piece of bread spoil, and a few muffins. Those muffins however were made in a rush and I mixed up the baking soda and baking powder- Adam didn't tell me they tasted disgusting till only a few were left. Sweet, sweet man I have. Plus he made croutons with the ends of all the bread this week.