Category: Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

30+ days later

Some weeks have passed since I published any post. It was a conscious choice in order for me to not become overwhelmed with everything I had to deal with (out of which most things were related to my move). I’m now a lot more settled in my new apartment and am loving the cozy green surroundings. During a walk today I even discovered allotment gardens, a park dedicated solely to begonias and a large park with immense old trees growing along a boardwalk. There’s the least to say room for some garden activities. I’m content and super eager to discover and to garden. The last time I wrote was just before day 30 of my veggie challenge. Part of me can’t believe that I actually managed to go through with the challenge, but also of the fact that once I’d been on the diet for about two weeks things came naturally. Since day 30, I have not been completely meat free, but almost. Most weeks have been meat free and the times I’ve eaten meat has been either at a friend’s place where that was the only thing served (we had not seen each other for a while), and atContinue reading

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Day 29 – The final stretch

Ok, so contrary to my belief, tomorrow is day 30. Time did really fly. Have I learned anything so far? Yes, changing to a plant based diet wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined it to be. A more plant based diet has done wonders to my  stomach as it no longer feels tensed or swollen. Worse part is that I was so used to both of this that I didn’t question it until I started with a plant based diet. I feel like I do want to explore this more, and will have to if I want to prevent my cooking from become routine.   I do understand that a lot of the emails  sent from Muriel was really just a question of persuasion/marketing. I didn’t mind as it was interesting to read about the down side of meat consumption. Speaking of, here’s  another one of Muriel’s interesting tip based on Dr. Melanie Joy’s findings. Be safe!

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Day 28 – Skip Showers For Beef Movement

Wow! I’m already on day 28 and it feels like time is flying by. Somewhere along the way, a plant based diet became more or less natural. It’s just what I do, and my thinking has become more tailored towards finding plant based food. The other day it actually stroke me that I’ve been telling my friends that I’m on a vegetarian diet, and have been thinking the same thing. But actually, I’ve been doing vegan for almost a month now “Yeeay”. As I treated myself to a vegetarian bimbim Bap which was served with an egg (which I skipped), it hit me that I miss eating fried eggs. Honestly, I thought bacon or lamb would be more of a struggle but it hasn’t.  Even though I miss food seasoned with barbecue spices, it went fine. But fried egg  with salt…that is yum. Anyway, Muriel sent me my daily boost which is basically information on what I’ve saved so far. I’m now up to  5.7 saved animals, 60.5 square meters of saved land, 41.4 kg of CO2 and 36 400 l of water. Speaking of water, Muriel also sent me a clip about the “Skip Showers For Beef Movement“. IContinue reading

Gardening, Sustainable Living

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic while Gardening

With plastic polluting our oceans, air and food, the reduction of plastic use has become a matter of urgency. For a long time, recycling has been praised as a tool for reaching sustainability. However, recent reports reveal that most of the waste we create are hard to recycle, let alone reuse. As urban farmers we are not spared from this and so in this post I’m going to go through some of the ways that lovers of gardening can contribute to reducing plastic waste.   1. Transform your waste into compost We are a part of an ecosystem, and as participants of that ecosystem we can contribute by ” reducing waste, closing the nutrient cycle, and preventing air pollution that causes climate change.” As gardener, we are dependent on fertilizers to grow healthy, strong plants. As we’re constantly create organic waste through the food we eat, or fallen leaves etc., why not make use of all this garbage? Yes, I’m talking about composts. By turning leftover, food scraps and ”garden waste into a nutrient-packed soil additive that plants love ”, you’ll not only reduce the use of plastic (bags, bottles etc.) but also close the nutrient cycle. For advice onContinue reading

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Day 17/30 – Cheap hacks

  I had to stop writing due to a flue knocking me down and leaving me feeling like my immune system had gone through armageddon. But life is about transitions and this flue was just one of many. So far, I’ve almost saved 3,5 animals. While being sick, I was actually inspired  to write about one of the things I felt would be an obstacle with a plant-based diet. Namely the high price. As a full time student, with a small extra income a vegetarian diet seemed like a luxury to me. Coupled with the high prices for vegetarian (back in those days there weren’t that many alternatives to choose from) products such as the Quorn products or tofu, I felt like this was not something my personal budget could not afford at the time. Also, many vegetarian restaurants may have charged a lot for meals that were far from filling. Add to that the fact that many ecological products at times are very expensive, a plant-based diet seemed like something I had to put off until better times. But then I went back to my old neighbourhood where I grew up and found that veggies were quite cheap there.Continue reading

Food, Recipe, Sustainable Living

Day 6/30 – Dealing with a Setback

  Hey there! I’m doing a bit of jump for this post because my weekend was filled celebration. On Friday my girls and I celebrated the youngest member in our crew getting accepted into a course in Warsaw, aimed at strengthening young people’s capacity to lead work against racism. On Saturday, I was invited to a Congolese wedding, and in between everything I was trying to take care of my fatigue after a hectic week. The writing therefore, was put on hold. Until yesterday I felt like I’d started to settle in the challenge. BUT, realising that I was going to a wedding without giving my friend a heads up about my new diet, I decided to just eat whatever was served. Basically, I would allow myself to eat meat if that’s what was being served. The gremlins in my head had one or two things to say about this, but I was going to treat myself with kindness and just pick up where I left from the next day. This was easy because the atmosphere of love and joy at the wedding silenced my gremlins. Moving on, my coach emailed me an article on 10 easy packed lunch ideasContinue reading

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Day 3/30 – Getting into the habit

Day 3 went like smooth sailing. I had overnight oats for breakfast with liverwurst toast and juice, for lunch I had a zucchini and carrot soup while dinner consisted of stuffed eggplants with rice. I should’ve mentioned it earlier maybe but I’m in the process of moving and have surges of stress even though I, as of today, have packed most things. I guess it’s the clutter that results from having a bunch of boxes, bags etc. everywhere that contributes to the feeling of being overwhelmed. On top of everything I have an acceptance celebration and a wedding to attend in two days (how the hell did I get here?). I miss my slow mornings with meditation, yoga and reading insightful quotes. But…this too shall pass. Throughout the day my thoughts kept wandering to the rainforests of the world. See the day after I’d published the post about my 30 day veggie challenge, a video on”kenyans.eu” (YouTube) showed that actually the amount of forests fires in the southern regions of Africa actually exceeds that in Brazil. According to BBC “Angola and DR Congo ‘have more blazes” (klick on BBC for more info). Having ranked the amount of forest fires byContinue reading

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Day 2/30

So I did my pantry refilling on day one. By the way, adding habanero instead of less spicy chili fruits to the Bell Pepper Soup is not for the faint of hearts. On top of that, I ate the soup with a vegetarian spicy sausage. We all have moments when we say to ourselves “the hell was I thinking?”, eating the soup was one of mine. My concerns for having to do a lot of thinking in terms of finding alternatives for dairy and meat proved unnecessary (although many alternatives can be very expensive for a tight budget). I bought some tempeh and decided to give tofu a try though I’m skeptical about eating it (will tell you why later this week). Also, to my surpirse I easily found two affordable sandwich toppings, baba ganouch and liverwurst (yes we eat that for breakfast here in Sweden). All and all day two went well. For breakfast I had two toasts with baba ganouch, juice and a banana. My chick pea snack helped with between meals cravings, while dinner consisted of fruit bread with liverwurst (long day). I was simply to tired to do the guacamole recipe that Muriel suggested, but IContinue reading

Recipe, Sustainable Living

Day 1/30 – Savings

  The first day of my challenge is almost over. I think I did pretty well. Just panicked a bit on Sunday evening when I realised that my pantry had not been updated for the challenge. So, I decided to do the whole pantry refilling the next day instead and not worry so much about it. At the end of the day, I did have some meat in the freezer and in my fridge (my been stew with lamb) which I decided to store in the freezer. Don’t feel like throwing away food just because I’ve embarked on this challenge.   Anyway, breakfast went well thanks to peanut butter and some tapenade. For lunch I ate an okra (gumbo) stew with rice (will try to add the recipe here later). For dinner I went with the Bell Pepper Soup recipe sent to me by Muriel (my coach). (Kitchari with okra stew)   Savings (total ego boost!) Because my main reasons for taking on the 30 days Veggie challenge are environment care and my health, Muriel sent me an email with details on everything I’d helped saved after my first day (see picture). Saving can indeed be fun! Stay well! /D

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Helping the Amazon forest through 30 ProVeg Veggie Challenge!

The amazon forest is experiencing its worst fire ever. The root causes are clearing of land for cattle, palm oil, farming of soy etc. (basically for the purpose of growth in the agricultural sector in Brazil). With an aggravation of the situation, it is more important than ever for each one of us to do our part in saving our planet’s lungs. My goal here is not to point finger at one single guilty party, as I am aware of the socio-economical aspects of this problem. We cannot simply point fingers at the Brazilian politicians lack of concern for the environment. We in the northern and western hemisphere have our part in it, because of our habits of creating pollution in developing countries and importing them back as goods.   How can you help?   Business Insider listed five things that we as private persons can do in our day-to-day life to help the burning. Their list included things such as educating ourselves, reducing, reusing and recycling. As for me, I decided to focus on reducing, reusing and recycling which goes hand in hand with my aim for a sustainable life. Having been a flexitarian for a while with theContinue reading