Sunday, September 6, 2009

Becca - Living My Five

Hey, everyone!

First off, wow. I am so amazed and excited so many of you are joining us on the Living Your Five journey – thank you! Three cheers to making a difference!

I've been putting a lot of conscious effort into my Five this week, and here's what I have to show for it: Last week, when I posted my Five, I noticed many of you commented on my commitment to reduce personal consumption. It seemed like a goal many of you were willing to work toward, and so I decided for this week's post, I would jump into my Five by sharing one of the many ways that I've decided to make consuming less a part of who I am. To do that, I'm going to take you on a field trip kitchen.

It's fairly clean today, which is good, since I'm taking pictures. On the outside, it looks like a fairly normal kitchen. Cheery red walls, a stand mixer, a few of my kids' drawings on the fridge...

The fridge. That's actually what I'm going to concentrate on today. But first, let me share a few statistics with you.

*Twenty-seven percent of the food produced for human consumption in the U.S. is thrown out as waste, equaling 48 million tons annually.

*Fifty-three percent of disposed food is fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and milk.

*Each year, the nation's supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores toss out approximately 27 million tons of edible food worth $30 billion.

Those are statistics I can't ignore. Am I guilty of being one of millions of Americans who throw away approximately twenty seven percent of the food I buy? Chances are, yes. So after a little thought, I came up with three fairly basic steps I've been taking to make sure I reduce that percentage. The steps are:

*Plan meals before grocery shopping

*Use leftovers

*Concentrate on eating produce first

The following picture depicts all of the food I cleaned out of my fridge earlier this week, due to spoilage. One month from now, I'm going to clean out my fridge again, and post another picture. I'm confident that the amount of food I throw away will be significantly smaller. My hope is that if I can keep shrinking the amount of food I throw away, eventually I'll be at the point where I'm throwing away almost nothing. Wish me luck! And good luck on your own Five - I'd love to hear how you're doing!

There you have it - my Five. What about you? Are you ready to Live Your Five?


  1. Great idea. I hate wasting food, but it seems to just happen. I would definitely like to make it a goal of mine to not waste as much food. Such horrifying statistics!

  2. I think these are some really good resolutions -- I've thought about how much food we waste, here in America. Kind of goes along with our excessive lifestyles...

  3. I'm so bad at buying fruit and veggies then never eating them. I vow to make more of an effort to eat what I buy. I'll probably feel better mentally AND physically.

  4. Kelsey - great! Good luck!

    Sarbear - I completely agree. We're so used to being wasteful. It's a habit I'm going to try to break!

    Karen - me too! Ugh. I'm really hoping to improve in this area.

    Thanks, guys!

  5. Becca - I love this challenge! I'm terrible about buying fruits and vegetables and not eating them all before they go bad. I think it's a combination of them being put away in the crisper drawers (out of sight, out of mind) *and* that I tend to buy more than we can reasonably eat in their limited shelf life. Go you on bringing this to our attention and good luck on paring back this month!@=

  6. What a cool idea! Very creative. :) I'm excited to see how it works for you.


  7. Even though those statistics are for the US, they still make me open my eyes to how wasteful the world can be! Great idea you have here Becca, I'm going to follow your advice on planning meals ahead of time - hopefully more veggies will rest their souls in my tummy rather than rot in the fridge!

    Good luck and congrats on making a great start to your five! :)