In this week's Project Nowaste post, we are concentrating on food waste instead of over-eating. For those of you interested in the weight loss component of this project, see last week's post.
Last week we calculated out how much we should weigh and how much we have to lose. This week I want you to keep track of how much food you throw out, whether it goes into the compost pile, food waste pickup or the garbage. You may need to keep a separate container to hold all of it and weigh it at the end of the week or you can weigh it on a day by day basis and total it up at the end. It's up to you. Primarily what we are trying to achieve with this is how much we are throwing out.
What I want you to save and weigh (because this is more helpful than total waste) is just the food that could have been eaten. So, you don't need to keep track of egg shells, coffee grounds, banana peels, etc. You get the picture. This will tell you how much you are actually wasting. In other words, how much food that could have been eaten but was either left to rot or too much food was taken at a meal or snack.
One thing you need to be careful in doing this project is to not get trapped into eating more than you should (to stay at your weight) just so you are not wasting food. Instead, concentrate on not buying, making or taking too much food on your plate so that, while you are essentially "cleaning your plate" you aren't stuffing yourself full. This will take some time to learn how much is too much, but that's what this project is all about. We'll cover this in detail in future posts.
So, your assignment for the next week is to see how much food you are throwing away that, under better circumstances, could have been consumed.
One caveat - now is also probably a good time to clean out your fridge and cabinets of food past it's consumption date, but you'll need to use your discretion as to whether or not to count it in your totals. Counting month's old food as waste for the week will skew your total weekly food waste disposal.