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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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May Partridge

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends


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May's actions


Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.



Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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


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    May Partridge 4/25/2019 2:01 AM
    I learned that I could easily , and very comfortably, eat primarily vegetarian or vegan meals. A number of days I ate such meals only, and my body was very happy -- not hungry!

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    May Partridge 4/24/2019 6:00 AM
    Really happy about how much I've been able to move pleasurably into using more and more of my growing collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes!

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    May Partridge 4/21/2019 6:30 PM
    I', feeling good about it; it's helping me feel so much more connected to my community!

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    May Partridge 4/17/2019 8:11 PM
    No, I moved off the acreage at Cedar (near Nanaimo) to be close to my daughter here (and now the second one and her husband are moving here to be near us) -- that makes it easier all round! All good. But the more I research the compost thing for multi-dwelling units here, I grow concerned about the large grey area seemingly around such units -- and I live in one...

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    May Partridge 4/17/2019 2:53 PM
    The hardest part of this challenge for me is keeping track of food waste;  on our acreage I used to have access to composting and so outer leaves, peelings, etc. were easy to manage -- they just went into my garden's feed. Now I have a vegetable scrap container in my freezer, but I don't feel very happy with it, living now on my own with few usable scraps and no access to the city's composting. Any suggestions?

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      Christy Faraher-Amidon 4/17/2019 7:22 PM
      Are you still on acreage and able to have a worm bin composter?  I just began that last fall and am having fun with it.

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    May Partridge 4/07/2019 7:27 AM
    I'm doing well with reduced portions and less meat; the food scraps such as peelings, etc are more of a challenge. Will need to do more to see how I can use some of these, perhaps in soup? 

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      Kasia Stepien 4/07/2019 9:48 PM
      I'm also doing the food waste challenge, May, and find myself brainstorming what I can with everything. I recall you don't have composting in your apartment, so it must be even more challenging for you! Me, I'm seeing a lot of soup made out of kale stems in my future! 

      My sister-in-law freezes all her veggie scraps and then makes vegetable broth with them, which she will also freeze for later use. I have started a bin in my freezer for it now. And I've been brainstorming all the things I can do before resorting to compost... peel and freeze orange zest, save onion skins for fabric dye... reuse my tea leaves?? (Maybe not that last one)
    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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    May Partridge 4/06/2019 12:31 PM
    I'm keeping my weight in healthy check!
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    May Partridge 4/05/2019 2:52 PM
    I would rather use my money from avoiding food waste to buy more organic food from local farmers.
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    May Partridge 4/05/2019 2:47 PM
    When after WW II farming grain for Europe no longer led to to further extended markets,farmers began to diversify more and more into growing and feeding grain for livestock production, encouraged by developing corporate chains of grocery stores. Meat was associated with better standards of consumption (you were richer if you could eat lots of meat) , as well as with a simplistic notion of a higher standard of nutrition.