Desert Island Food

If you could bring one food to a desert Island what would it be?

I don’t mean pizza or sushi or cake. I mean one clean un-adultered food. Like peanuts or chicken.

I got into this discussion with a friend recently and I’ve been trying to decide on a desert island food for quite some time. Something that I could eat all day every day of course, but also something that would meet my essential dietary needs.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I would be happy eating peanuts, chick peas (garbanzo beans), or potatoes indefinitely. Now I have thrown these foods into a 2000 calorie a day food plan to see what nutritional info would result.

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Chickpeas!

Garbanzo beans are my favorite food, usable in a variety of ways and delicious by themselves.

2470g of garbanzo beans make up 2000 calories.

This made up of 381g of carbs, 38g of fat, and 114g of protein. These are pretty good macros.

It also maintains good levels of potassium, calcium, and iron.

What it lacks is Vitamins A and C. The scurvy threat is real.

The real kicker is 95g of fiber.

This is great aside from the unfortunate lack of a bathroom on my desert island.

 

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Potatoes!

There are an exceptional variety of potatoes. We are going to look at the good, old fashioned Idaho Spud.

2694g of Idaho Spuds make up 2000 calories.

This gives us 473g of carbs (yikes), 0g of fat, and 54.5g of protein. That’s not great.

The micros and minerals show better news.

Potatoes have exceptional levels of potassium and Vitamin C.

They do pretty well on iron and fiber as well.

But, they are poorly lacking when it comes to vitamin A and calcium.

 

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Peanuts!

350g of peanuts make up 2000 calories, try feeling full on that.

With this, we see 62g of carbs, 175g of fat, and 88g of protein. Not bad, your body might end up in ketosis with 37g of net carbs.

Peanuts, unfortunately, lack when it comes to micros and minerals.

Fiber is ok, at 25g.

Potassium is barely decent.

Vitamins A & C, Calcium, and Iron are all very poor.

 

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I am yet to find a proper food that would give you a well-balanced diet without access to a multivitamin.

What would be your desert island food? Can anyone find the perfectly balanced food item? I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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How to Shop Minimally

Today’s post from the Daily Prompt inspired me to write about a concept I’ve been trying to adopt for a while. Replacement.

 

Today when I buy something I ask myself questions.

  • Do I need it?
  • Does it fill a void that I’ve been wanting to fill for a while?
  • And in relation to this post,
    • Do I already own something that can do this?

 

This unfolds another series of questions:

  • Why do I need this thing if I already have something similar?
  • Does this do it better/faster/more sustainably?
  • Do I need two of these things because one is always borrowed or used elsewhere?

 

I now have a rule for when I buy things:

 

For everything I buy, I must get rid of one thing.

This keeps me from falling down the slippery slope into hoarding again.

 

When I went to Goodwill the other day I donated at least 150 items of clothing. I then went in and bought 3 new things.

I had already met my rule by donating 50x the amount of things I was accumulating. But, there was a problem. I had bought a pair of jeans. I already have a pair of jeans.

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The pair of jeans I already have don’t fit well, I hemmed them (poorly), and they ride way too low in the back. I never wear them.

The new pair fits me wonderfully, I feel great in them and I’m not afraid to move around in them.

So, out with the old and in with the new, my old jean are one of the things I will be getting rid of today in my 30-day challenge. Along with an old box and a stained pair of socks.

via Daily Prompt: Replacement

30-Day Minimalism Challenge

Yesterday I watched the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix and now I am in love with The Minimalists.

Today I am challenging myself to their 30-day minimalism challenge.

The gist of the game is that for 30 days I will get rid of things incrementally. On the first day I will get rid of one thing, on the second I will get rid of two, and so on.

By the end of the 30 days I will have gotten rid of 465 things.

Starting today off with a bang I brought 3 garbage bags full of clothes to Goodwill. I estimate that it was about 150 things. Mostly mine, but some of my husband’s as well.

I am very excited to go on this journey and hope that some of you will go on it with me.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to join in or if you are partaking in a similar challenge. I would love to hear about it!

 

Crunchy Cats

We hear a lot about Zero Waste and being more sustainable. There’s a lot of information out there about becoming a ‘greener person’.

But, I have cats, and they aren’t green.

Cat’s don’t care about the environment. They don’t care about your carpet either. I have three cats and I’m pretty sure they hate me.

Between two kittens and a 17-year-old, I have a lot of mess to handle.

 

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Apollo and Luna

 

I have a hard time keeping up with them already. How do I keep up with them while also staying green?

Turns out, it’s easier than you think.

A few sacrifices can go a long way towards making your cats more eco-friendly.

 

Replace your litter.

Most store-bought litters are an environmental hazard, especially anything that advertises ‘clumping technology’. Replacing your cat litter with dirt, newspaper, pine corn or cedar can make a huge print in your environmental pawprint.

Of course, training your cat to go to the bathroom outside is an even better, and easier, option.

Now, I’m sure you’re saying, what about the smell?

Baking Soda.

I’m serious, it makes a world of difference. A few tablespoons of baking soda sprinkled in the litter box can neutralize those seriously offensive odors.

 

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Me and Smiley, my 17-year-old baby. 

 

Cat food.

There are many recipes online for making your own cat food. They range from reasonably easy recipes to ‘you must REALLY love your cat recipes’.

Assuming you aren’t yet at this stage (I’m not), there are other ways you can make a difference.

Bulk cat food.

Sounds easy enough, and it is. Instead of buying 3 smaller bags buy one of those giant bags. The kind of bags you have to ask for assistance in order to get them into your cart. This drastically reduces the amount of packaging your cat wastes.

Some pet stores even have bulk bins of food where you can bring a reusable container and fill up at the store.

 

Toys.

You can make your own cat toys.

Cat’s don’t require as much stimulation as we do. They are easily placated with scraps of string or broken things from around the house.

As an obsessive knitter/crocheter I always have tons of yarn scraps to throw at my cats, and they like it as much as any toy I buy them.

 

Treats.

Is your kitty a whore for treats?

There are actually many online recipes to make your own.

You can even make your own cat food. It’s much better than the filler filled garbage you find at the store.

 

It may seem impossible to have a green or zero waste cat, but small changes can make a huge difference.

Baby Steps to a Greener Life

There is a lot of talk about the big things you can do to save the environment. You only wish you could buy a Tesla, smother your home in solar panels, and poop in your garden. Well, maybe not that last one.
The problem is that some of these goals are unattainable, at least for the present moment. Teslas and Solar Panels cost a pretty penny and my husband would never touch another vegetable if I used alternative fertilizer.
It’s been over a year and a half since the last time I lived on my own. And, as I’m sure you know, keeping a green household is difficult when you are sharing it with people that don’t share your motives.

With my husband and I’s big move looming ever closer (less than two months, yay!), I’m taking the time to reevaluate what has and hasn’t worked for me this past year.

The big attempts:

Zero Waste:

Well, that did not go well. I lasted all of three days. This could be attainable if I lived on my own, but I don’t. Between my husband, 3 cats, and I, we cause a lot of damage. This does not mean that Zero Waste was, well, a waste.

I picked up some good tips and tricks that I still use today.

  • I try to buy everything in bulk to reduce packaging waste. No more tiny yogurt packs, I get the monster sized container.
  • No more produce bags, well almost. I very rarely use produce bags, opting instead to put it directly into my cart.
    •  I have been meaning to make some mesh/cloth bags to use for things like beans, tomatoes, and other tiny things.
  • I have a fold up grocery bag in my purse and sometimes I remember to use it.
  • I started composting everything I could and that actually went quite well, but now it’s on hiatus until we move.
  • The majority of my junk mail is now junk email. This was the easiest thing to do.

KonMari:

Whether you consider it green or not, this was a huge success. I posted more about it here.

I ended up getting rid of about 70% of my possessions. As long as you don’t count my yarn or my books.

  • My closet is now neater and I only have the clothes I actually like wearing.
    • I’m considering another closet purge to get rid of even more of the unnecessary.
  • My shelves are less cluttered. Now I can get more books!
  • I know where my important documents are.
  • I can breathe.
    • I’ve lived in four different one room apartments over the past year. Minimalism is essential for me.

Shopping Ban:

While I no longer ban myself from shopping, this had many lasting effects.

I was once a frequent impulse buyer. This resulted in too many shitty appliances or little plastic knick knacks from the dollar store.

Now I rarely buy anything and a lot of debate goes into it.

  • Do I need this?
  • How often would I use it?
  • How long will this last? Should I buy a sturdier version?
  • Can I make this?

These little questions have stopped me from buying so much useless crap. I strongly suggest taking a better look at your shopping habits.

Saving water:

Little things like quicker showers, mindful tooth brushing, and letting the mellow yellow can make an impact.

There have been other experiments that I have tested. But, this post is getting long and my coffee just as low.

The moral of my ramblings:

You don’t have to save the world in a day. Next week maybe, but not right now. It’s ok to not be a super green superhero. But don’t let it be all or nothing.

The little things you do make a difference. And I applaud you for doing them. Maybe you need to work your way up to certain practices. Maybe you can’t do something until you have more money, time, or know-how.

Don’t stop trying just because you can’t do it all.