The Plastic Diet

2019 has so far brought some challenges. Mainly the trying to eat better challenge.

Yes, I’m joined the many thousands upon thousands of people who are dieting and exercising this month. I’ve never been one for purposely tearing my lungs apart and shredding my legs up until they feel like jelly. So I can’t say I’ve done much of the exercising. To compromise, I’ve just been taking the two flights of stairs up to the ward I work on instead of the lift and setting myself a walking goal once a week.

This – has actually worked out for me so far. I can rapidly lose motivation when I feel like I’m failing at something. So those countless attempts at putting my fat thighs in joggers and ‘hitting the gym’ where quickly abandoned. Taking a stroll – with some occasional difficult uphill power walks – around the deer park of the National Trusts Newton House however works out just fine. Dinefwr has been an enjoyable day out for me and my partner for the last four years we’ve been together. He grumbles about going uphill sometimes but we both love the scenery and the deer.

Deer Stag at NT Dinefwr 13/01/19

As for the food side of things. That’s been a struggle between sweet cravings and plastic usage. For the love of salad…. why are cucumbers wrapped in plastic? And pray tell me – why can’t I buy a leaf that doesn’t come in a pointless plastic bag? You’d think they’d at least put them in “plastic” made from potato starch or something. But no. Alas, I must either abandon my beloved cucumber and lettuce or suffer the consequence of the un-recyclable plastic menace.

Melodrama aside, it has actually been very frustrating trying to shop for good foods whilst wrestling with my ethical values. I stood at the sugar section of Morrison’s yesterday for a good 5 to 10 minutes trying to decide whether I should stick with my usual sweeteners that came in a plastic dispenser or go for the unrefined cane sugar cubes in a paper box.

Yes, that was an actual problem I had.

I ended up going with the sugar cubes. It was a tough decision but at least now I’ll cut down on my tea (caffeine) drinking in order to avoid the sugar. Ultimately it was the realisation that my favourite sweetener dispenser wasn’t recyclable that made the final decision.

On the positive side, I’m finding it easier to say no to chocolate, biscuits and other such sweet things because they mostly come in un-recyclable packaging. I find myself not making decisions based on my cravings but rather on my goals. So if that packet of chocolate digestives isn’t going to help me be zero waste then I ain’t buying it.

Great news for my waist line.

Not so great news for my sugar cravings. Although I’m tackling that with fruit and sheer will power – especially when I walk into the cupboard at work and see someone’s opened another box of biscuits 😑… I’ve resisted it so far so fingers crossed I can keep it up. If I’m going to be running around a shop all day in a couple months, I’d better get myself in shape!

20 Replies to “The Plastic Diet”

  1. You make a fair point, sometimes the choices we are forced to make, to avoid poitless plastic containers, is hobsons choice.
    Can’t wait for your shop to open, the possibilities will be endless 🤞🏻

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