Have I ever told you guys how I think blogging has made me a better person? Besides reaching my weight loss goals blogging has influenced me in so many good ways. Maybe it’s the nature of public journaling and opening myself up to advice. Maybe it’s purely the fact that I recognize my progression because I have a way to peer back into my own life and literally read thoughts from my past. Regardless of why, here are some observations about my own progress towards a healthier, greener life…
- Eating More Whole and Less Processed Foods: Slowly but surely I have eliminated all TV dinner style meals from my diet. It wasn’t an overnight change but I’ve learn to cook more meals and use leftovers in reusable containers for future lunches. That’s got to be better for me (lower sodium, cheaper) and the environment (less waste from individual packaged meals.)
- Stopped Using Paper Plate: I’ve written about this before in What I learned from Paper Plates and Broken Microwaves post. I was really dependent on paper plates. I used them for everything from breakfast to mini cutting boards for my fresh fruit desserts. Then when someone made a constructive comment about my usage it got me thinking. A few weeks later I eased my usage and haven’t bought a package of plates since!
- I Eat More Locally Grown Food: Since overhauling my diet and introducing tons of fresh fruits and vegetables I can’t WAIT for farm stand season. I love buying locally grown fruits and veggies while supporting local farms. I’ve made it a habit to hit the farm stand before my weekly grocery trip throughout the spring and summer months.
- I Garden: My Mom makes fun of me for this every spring. When I was in High School I’d laugh at her and her gardening obsession. Like a typical teenager I thought it was "stupid." Fast forward 15 years and I’m counting the days until I can plant my seedlings, I eat my home grown food and share my gardening adventures online.
- I Take Sunday Runs instead of Sunday Drives: This one may sound crazy but the husband an I used to take Sunday drives. Not being Marylander natives we would drive around exploring the area, checking out houses and just enjoying the weather. Now I do that same thing on foot! My 9 miler was a great example. I did drive to my destination but overall I spent way less time burning gas and way more time burning calories!
I have a long way to go and a lot more changes to make but I’m proud of these few accomplishments. Where is this all coming from? Well, Divine Caroline posted this great article on composting (something the husband and I have actually talked about but never really made any attempt to do) and SunChips asked (another benefit of blogging, people and companies send me ideas) if I’d help spread the word about it’s new packaging that is made of 33% renewable materials. By 2010, they plan on having every SunChips bag made 100% compostable.
Have you seen SunChips recent campaign on living greener? SunChips is interested in spreading the word about their new bags and they are donating $100 for a green giveaway on my site! Money for you, tips for me! How can we go wrong?!? :) Simply leave me your best living green tip. What other small changes can I make to live a greener healthier life? Out of the suggestions I will pick (well random.org will pick) one lucky winner for the $100 prize on Friday!
So lay it out me! What’s your best Green Tip?