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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Gerald Martin

Oregon Food Bank

"To respect and conserve the resources I use."


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Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.



Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 min minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.



Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.


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    Gerald Martin 4/22/2019 3:57 PM
    I happen to not mind leftovers. I hate to see good food go to waste.
    With my meal program, it really is not that bad because you know what you are going to east and because it is measured, you don't overeat.
    I actually have a little trouble when I take a week off, of what to eat.  I also get a whole new plan each week. 

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    Gerald Martin 4/18/2019 7:48 AM
    Using measured portions, I have not had any waste.. Along with that I am using reusable containers to pack my meals.

    • Shawna Cain's avatar
      Shawna Cain 4/22/2019 11:36 AM
      This can be so tricky with leftover fatigue. How do you keep your leftovers interesting?
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Gerald Martin 4/09/2019 1:16 PM
    It is healthier to right size portions. I am participating in the Zults competition with Courthouse Fitness and Silverton Fitness. Part of the program is cooking your meals for the entire next week. The food is healthy and smaller portions than I was accustomed to eating. I lost 12 pounds and reduced my body fat % after 4 weeks.

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      Shawna Cain 4/15/2019 9:01 AM
      That's awesome, Gerald! You are on a roll! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, you've inspired me to be more conscious of my portion sizes today :)
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Gerald Martin 4/08/2019 10:42 AM
    Remove non-recyclable products from my daily purchases and use.
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Gerald Martin 4/04/2019 3:12 PM
    It definitely helps when cleaning out the freezer or frig at home. It is easy to just toss something if it is past the "best By" date as opposed the expiration date.

    This does pose a question of how far beyond the best by date should something be kept or used?