Happy New Year to all! Every year I like to make new resolutions to challenge myself throughout the year. In 2012 I have decided to embrace the following three goals:
My real food goals for 2012 include:
Any food purchases will be made at local shops and markets rather than big chain supermarkets for the next 365 days.
I will only eat food that is prepared at home (unless I’m going out socially!).
I will not diet, try to lose weight or weigh myself for the next 365 days.
Why would I make goals such as these?
- I want to get back to food basics, such as eating wholesome fresh and local foods. I have a craving for real, fresh nutritious food. Big chain supermarkets primarily sell tasteless, chemically sprayed fruit and vegetables and processed foods. Fresh, tasteful food is best!
- If I prepare my own food as much as possible, I might save some money $$$$$.
- To stop food wastage. I seem to buy too much food and not use it, primarily because I end up buying lunch after being too disorganised to find time to make my own food. Food wastage must stop now.
- My food choices will be healthier. I always eat more wholesome foods when I prepare my own food, rather than buying pre-made food from a shop.
- It’s better for the environment. Locally grown foods reduce the carbon footprint as the food isn’t transported for miles. If everyone bought more local based products it would benefit the local community, the environment and one’s health. Although I will buy the odd health based product that comes from interstate or overseas, in general I will mainly purchase local and seasonally fresh foods.
- It’s better for the local community. As I will be buying more from local suppliers, it naturally will benefit the local community.
- I will hopefully inspire others to stop dieting and obsessively thinking about weight loss. It is better to eat more local, fresh and real food to support one’s mental and physical health, the environment and the local community.
- I want to change habits slowly and sustainably rather than apply a quick magical fix. Quick fixes don’t work for me or for most people. Diets don’t work as the diet expects unrealistic and unsustainable changes of habits.
- I don’t want to be tempted by the confectionary aisle at the supermarket!
What has inspired me to work on these goals?
The inspiration for making these goals has come from two sources. Firstly, I saw Jill Chivers speak at an event last year. Jill went a whole year without clothes shopping to break free from compulsive shopping. You can check out her website by clicking here. I wondered what changes I could make with habits that were no longer serving me.
Secondly, I saw an amazing documentary based on a town called Totnes in England. As a result of concerns about rising fuel prices, economic uncertainty and climate change, the people of Totnes established a number of community based projects to address these issues. I was inspired by the way the local community was working together and it has made me want to support local services, suppliers and programs, rather than big chain superstores. I really recommend checking out Transition Towns for more information about how to support your local community and get involved in these changes! You can click on the link to Transition Town Totnes here. Further information can be found at the UK based Transition Network site (click here) and the Australian based transition town initiatives can be found by clicking here.
So what specifically am I going to do in 2012?
- Buy food from smaller, more local suppliers, where possible, not from big chain supermarkets.
- Try and grow my own food.
- Buy personal care and cleaning products from health or environmentally conscious suppliers, rather than supermarkets.
- Buy pre-made cooked food on social occasions, such as lunch with a friend etc.
- Not diet, weigh myself or engage in fat talk.
- Embrace exercise to improve my physical and mental wellbeing, not for how much weight it will help me lose….
- Not be a perfectionist about the whole adventure and will not give myself a hard time if I happen to wander into a supermarket!
I plan to blog about my progress and you can find all blog posts on my real food diary by clicking on the “Suzanne’s Real Food Diary” category tab.