I always write new years resolutions. I like that the holiday makes me pause for some reflection. There are some resolutions that have helped me focus, and some of them even come true (through hard work and persistence– isn’t that how anything worth doing gets done?).
But some continue to elude me. Like this one: eat less cheese.
I’ve had that one for years. I ate low fat cheese before pregnancies. Really, I did. But during the cravings, full fat cheese made a comeback. The sharper the better. And ever since, I just can’t shake it. So this continues to be a goal of mine, for health and ecological reasons.
Now for some loftier goals. I always include green goals, but as I gain more knowledge about chemicals in our food and products, versus environmental implications, I go through a sort of paralysis I’ve described here before.
Here’s an example. Canned soup. So convenient for lunch, quick dinners. And I LOVE tomato soup deeply (a youth of grilled cheese and tomato soup that could heal anything). But I know the cans contain BPA (and loads of salt), even the organic brands. So, I have been buying the kind in those cartons, but where do those end up?
Not good. So that is a new year’s resolution. Less processed food. This has been one of my resolutions for the last several years, and I have made some good progress. I eat *almost* no crunchy stuff from a bag, and barely any frozen pizza (oh, except for American Flatbread– that is such good stuff), but there is definitely room for improvement!
Now that the kids are older (if you count 2 and 4 old), I would like to buy more food from the farmer’s market, or join a CSA again. It is really hard to manage our wonderfully crowded farmer’s market with two little people, bags, and diaper bag. I was a member of a wonderful CSA, but I was a very picky pregnant eater– and we composted too many vegetables. So, another one would be to eat even more local. I try to select local organics from our co-op and grocery store, but I would like to take this further and support my area farmers more.
To facilitate both of these goals I need to take a cooking class! I think cooking is okay, I don’t love it and I don’t hate it. I like cooking without recipes– and being creative. If I had more skills I could do this a little more freely and confidently. So, another resolution would be to take a cooking class. My goal? Work week dinners under 45 minutes with minimal processed foods and packaging. Healthy, fresh, and local as much as possible.
Do you have any green new year’s resolutions? What would you like to do? I’d love to hear about it. We can share ideas and support.
And maybe you’ll have better luck then my perpetual “eat less cheese” (really, it wouldn’t be that hard!).
And stay tuned. On New Year’s Day I will host the Green Moms Carnvial: Green New Year’s Resolutions. I know they will have some fabulous ideas and information to share with you, so come back and check it out. And happy 2010!
image: Maggie Hoffman on Flickr