Variety is the spice of life, right? We deserve all the yummy things in the world, right? We work hard, we party hard, so we need our rewards, right? Especially if you follow a certain diet, like veganism, where you cut out animal products. That alone is a lot of “no thanks, I don’t eat/can’t eat that.” Or consider those with allergies, religious diets and so on. So why on earth would you cut out anything from the foods that suit your diet?
Being a vegan is a great thing. And I don’t just mean the ethical part of, the clear consience, but also the surprising impact it had on my diet. Now that there are fewer choices for what to buy and eat, I cherish the produtcs that fit in my diet a lot more than before. There actually has been small hand-clappings and jumping-up-and-downs at a grocery store when I’ve located new yummy things to eat.
If you eat treats every day, you won’t be able to enjoy them as much as if you only eat them once a week or so. Same thing with food: if you eat your favourite foods every day, how are you going to reward yourself?
I think we should take one step backwards when it comes to eating. We should eat more simple, locally grown, in-season foods. The majority of our diet should be based on that, while treats and sushi should be saved for the weekend :). I’m quite convinced that this would save us from a lot of food waste, too, if we mainly bought items we will actually use, instead of buying things we’d like to use but that end up in our compost heap. Women are said to do that a lot — we buy healthy fruits and veggies, and end up throwing them away because they go bad. But I’m not saying we shouldn’t buy fruits and vegetables either! We should simply buy only what we need, even if it means more bike trips to the store to get that last lemon.
So I’m trying to simplify the way we eat. We don’t have to have nine different kinds of legumes in our closet the way we do now (soybeans, broad beans, peas, black eyed peas, black beans, green and red lentils and mung beans). Three to four would be enough. But then again, I love having full dry food closet. It makes me feel safe. And by eating a variety of foods, I’m making it more sure we get to have all the nutrients we need. And it’s really hard not to buy interesting looking novelties, like purple cauliflower 🙂
Other than being obsessed with food, I’ve been working on one of my doll’s bedrooms. Here’s the result. I think it’s really charming!
And here’s how it was before.
Quite an improvement, huh?
I’ve also been sewing a lot, and just finished a Halloween-themed triangle-banner for a kid’s room. I guess my kids are a bit too old for that, but I actually thought of putting it up in our bedroom. No picture of it, since the kids room is not very photogenic, with too many unfinished remodeling projects in there. I also sewed a lot of Pinkkis pouches. Need to have a lot for the upcoming X-mas season! And some more Blythe stuff under constraction, pics later.
I guess that’s all! What do you think about my plan to simplify our diet? Pure madness, or is there a way to achieve some balance with it all?