December 9, 2016


Eating healthy is not always easy, but I try to squeeze in fruits & vegetables whenever possible.  We live in one of the most culinary diverse cities in U.S.  In fact, our hometown won Rand McNally's 2013 Best of the Road competition for "Best Small Town for Food."  Locals and visitors get to experience everything from traditional steakhouses, to ramen bars with 1-hour long wait times, to Italian sandwich shops, and gourmet cafes.  We even host three Michelin-star restaurants (Wakuriya, Sushi Yoshizumi & All Spice).  It's tempting not to cook after a long day of work.  I enjoy cooking and often like to use fresh ingredients.  

This is nature's beauty at its finest -- in it's natural form without any packaging.  Whether I'm shopping for groceries in a supermarket or farmer's market, I try to look for produce that does not come pre-packaged for a couple of reasons:

  • I get to hand select each one for its freshness & inspect for any bruising or molding.
  • I only purchase the amount that I need (vs. bundled in a plastic bag) to avoid food waste.
  • Instead of plastic wrap or bags, I bring my own reusable muslin cloth produce bags.  It's one less thing I need to throw in the trash that will head toward our landfill.  Plastic takes at minimum 450 years to degrade.  That's a long time!

I also bring my glass Le Parfait jars for meats & seafood from the butcher counter.  These jars are great because the lid clamps down & the rubber gasket creates a tight seal.  This means no juice leaks into my grocery bags, even when it tips over on the car ride home.  

I'm nowhere near being zero waste.  You can see in my shopping cart that I did sneak in some items that are packaged, including the bread & sushi.  It's going to be an ongoing effort towards package-free shopping.  Each conscious step I take will be in the right direction towards minimizing waste.