Cooks and Eaters of the World Unite/ Cocineros y Comedores del Mundo Unidos

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Sometimes I think of some of the problems of the world and I come up with the  easiest solutions.  I think, “Seriously am I the only one thinking this?”  I don’t think I can be the only one who thinks this but anyway here’s my big idea to feed people more healthy food, bring people together, eliminate waste and just make this world a little better.

A veces pienso en algunos de los problemas del mundo y se me ocurren las soluciones más fáciles. Pienso: "¿En serio, soy el único que piensa esto?" No creo que pueda ser el único que piense esto, pero de todos modos, esta es mi gran idea de alimentar a las personas con alimentos más saludables, reunir a las personas, eliminar el desperdicio y hacer que este mundo sea un poco mejor.
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Although everybody eats, my plan involves two groups Cookers vs eaters.  The cooks do just that cook (they can eat too) and the eaters eat (they can cook too.)  So the scenario would go something like this.  I am making a big pot of the Best Ever Mushroom Soup .  I can’t eat it all by myself and I know my good friend who likes to eat (he’s an eater) can come over to eat my soup or I can just give it to him to go.

And eaters serve such an important purpose.  By eating healthy food, it can support a zero waste lifestyle and I’m sure the cook appreciates you eating their food.  So you are doing a great service to humanity by eating.  Thank you and don’t feel bad or guilty for eating at someone’s house or accepting their food.  They obviously must care about you to offer you something to eat.  And face it, everyone needs help once in a while.  Who knows maybe next time you can whip up something for your favorite cook.

So wait isn’t the cook getting screwed over?  I mean they did all the cooking and the eater just came over and ate and didn’t contribute?  Well their contribution was eating the food, my friends will bring me something if I need it.  Nuts, sugar,chia seeds… They will say what can I get for you or I just start getting blessed by strangers.  It just gets the giving circle going.  So GIVE GIVE GIVE.  You’ll get back way more than you give.  Give it a go.

I miss the days when I could get off work and go home to a meal ready to eat.  My mom used to cook every night from scratch.  Thanks Mom!!  I  have very big shoes to fill.  Now I cook and eat, share my food with friends and things are going pretty smoothly.

Aunque todos comen, mi plan involucra dos grupos: Cocineros y comedores. Los cocineros hacen exactamente eso (también pueden comer) y los comedores (también pueden cocinar). Así que el escenario sería algo así. Estoy haciendo una olla grande de la Mejor Sopa de Champiñones de todos los tiempos. No puedo comerlo todo solo y sé que mi buen amigo a quien le gusta comer (él come) puede venir a comer mi sopa o solo puedo dársela para que se la lleve.

Y los comedores tienen un propósito tan importante. Al comer aliments saludables, puede mantener un estilo de vida sin desperdicios y 
estoy seguro de que el cocinero lo aprecia al comerlos. Así que estás haciendo un gran servicio a la humanidad comiendo. Gracias y no te 
sientas mal o culpable por comer en la casa de alguien o aceptar su 
comida. Ellos obviamente deben preocuparse por ti para ofrecerte algo de comer. Y acéptalo, todos necesitan ayuda de vez en cuando. Quién sabe, tal vez la próxima vez puedas preparar algo para tu cocinero 

Así que espere, ¿no se está jodiendo el cocinero? Quiero decir que 
hicieron toda la comida y el que comió vino y comió y no contribuyó. Bueno, su contribución fue comer la comida, mis amigos me traerán 
algo si lo necesito. Nueces, azúcar, semillas de chia ... Ellos dirán qué puedo obtener para ti o simplemente empiezo a ser bendecido por extraños. Simplemente pone en marcha el círculo de dar. Así que da da da. Volverás mucho más de lo que das. Darle una oportunidad.

Extraño los días en que podía salir del trabajo e ir a casa a una 
comida lista para comer. Mi mamá solía cocinar todas las noches 
desde cero. ¡¡Gracias mamá!! Tengo zapatos muy grandes para llenar. Ahora cocino y como, comparto mi comida con amigos y las cosas van bastante bien.

MOM:VALValerie a Health and Wellness Coach is with her mom at her Birthday Party.  Valerie believes as you heal yourself you eat the planet.

Valerie, una entrenadora de salud y bienestar, está con su madre en 
su fiesta de cumpleaños. Valerie cree que mientras te curas te comes el planeta.

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Going Zero Waste

Originally Published on  on November 7 2017 By Kathryn

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Going Zero WasteI wasn’t entirely sure what to call this post, because it’s more of a timeline. I get so many people asking me, what are the next steps after tackling the top 10 swaps?

Living a zero waste lifestyle, isn’t like moving through a timeline. It’s more of a choose your own adventure. Which is a pretty vague answer.

I’ve come up with an outline of a step-by-step zero waste process, but it by no means has to go in this order. You can go in any direction you like, but for some that are struggling with next steps, I hope this helps!

step one: awareness

The first step is being aware of the problem. If you’re on my blog, I’m assuming that you’re aware of the problem. Long story short – we make too much trash.

Check out this post about the recycling myth and this one about the problem with plastic.

step two: phase out

This is all about using what you already have. If you’re anything like me, when I started going zero waste I had backups of lots of personal care items. I had a lot of paper towels, napkins, tissues, and other single-use disposable items. I had a pantry full of food, some of which was regularly passed over for more desirable items.

I had a lot of things that weren’t being used or serving a purpose in my life. I started to phase those items out. I started using what I had, instead of purchasing new. I intentionally planned meals to use up the odd items in the pantry with a vow to make better purchases in the future.

For more information on what to do with your old plastic when you’re going plastic free, check out this post.

step three: simple swaps

As you’re phasing out old items, look to replace some of them with reusable items. The first place I tell everyone to start with is the big four.

When looking to purchase reusable items, make sure to check the second hand market first! But, most importantly make sure that what you’re buying is going to last you for a very long time.

I’m always amazed that for every disposable item there is a reusable alternative.

Make sure you’re making a good purchase that you’re 100% satisfied with. Don’t buy something immediately. Take some time and think about it so you make the best purchase possible. When ever making a purchase, I always reference this flow chart to make sure I’m not adding unecessary clutter to my life.

step four: patience

The hardest part about transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle was having patience! You’re not going to go zero waste in a week!

There can be this urge to throw everything out and start completely over, but that’s contradictory to the lifestyle. The lifestyle says waste nothing!

Use what you have to start. To be honest with you, almost three years later and I STILL have things from my pre-zero waste life. I plan on using those things until I can use them no longer.

Zero wasters may look like they have it 100% picture perfect together, but we all started somewhere. In fact, take a look at me in this blog post.

step five: better solutions

Once simple swaps have become routine, it’s time to take things one step further. Take a look at what you’re still throwing away and recycling. Start trying to find solutions for these items.

This is where you get to have fun! It’s time to think outside the box and try something new. You can always try something new. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep doing it. I have five rules I follow for personal sustainability. It’s equally important to ecological sustainability.

When I first started going zero waste, I made my own tortillas.

If you’ve been following this blog for any period in time, you know how that went. Other than, “I HATE food waste,” the most popular words you’ll find on this blog is, “I HATE making tortillas.”

It was time for me to find a better solution.

I hopped on down to a local Mexican restaurant and loaded up on tortillas in my own bag. Since then, I’ve found a tortilleria where I can get 20 freshly made tortillas in my own bag or $2. That’s right. $2.

Sometimes, it’s just about finding a better solution.

step six: education

Going zero waste really is a journey. When, I started this lifestyle, I knew I wanted to avoid making trash and bringing plastic into my home.

Over the years, I’ve learned so many new things. I’ve learned about the dangers of fast fashion. I learned more about the environmental impacts of a traditional American diet. I’ve learned about the devastating effects of palm oil and that we waste an INSANE amount of food.

I’m constantly evolving, learning, and growing. Each day I learn something new, and I learn how to do better.

No one is perfect, hence the motto of my blog, “It’s not about perfection; it’s about making better choices.” But, every day we have the choice to leave a positive impact on the planet, and I’m just doing the best I can to make positive choices.

Keep educating yourself. Constantly keep learning and ask yourself, “Is there something I can do better?” Maybe the answer is no, but maybe the answer is yes!

Keep checking in with yourself. Always strive for better.

step seven: consumer habits

You’re definitely going to notice your consumer habits changing.

The best piece of advice I can offer is to stop purchasing things for a while (not food obviously). You can take some time to examine what you need.

I stopped buying things and focused on what I already had. I started finding contentment and it was really liberating.

Stuff doesn’t define us. Life isn’t about acquiring more things. Living a zero waste lifestyle has taught me about what’s really important: time and relationships.

When I did really need something, I started looking at the second hand market first. Then I looked for an ethical place to make a purchase. All of the things I bring into my life are very carefully curated and bring a lot of value to my life.

It’s important to get involved in your supply chain. Know where your purchases are coming from and know what’s going to happen to them when you’re done with them.

The concept of voting with your dollars is really popular in the zero waste movement.

Every purchase you make is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. Make sure your purchases are supporting your values and ideal world.

step eight: community

It’s difficult to become discouraged when you feel like you’re the only one out there trying to make a difference.

I promise, you’re not alone in this fight! There are a ton of people working towards a common goal. Check out this blog post with five tips for finding a local zero waste community.

I even have my own “top-secret” zero waste group. You can join us by signing up here!

step nine: community action

Once you feel like you’ve got the individual action step down, it’s time to go one step further. With your local zero waste community, it’s time to pick out certain businesses you’d like to target.

Maybe there’s a restaurant you frequent and they put straws in your drink automatically. Write a letter with your group asking that the owner instate a new policy. Instead of automatically placing a straw in everyone’s drink, make straws available by request only.

Organize a documentary viewing for the local community. Host a talk at the library. Get a booth at the farmers market. Host an earth day event. Talk to teachers so they can start Zero Waste October. Encourage your workplace to go green with some initiatives.

Start thinking about community action to help get others involved and grow the movement at the grassroots level.

step ten: policy

One of the best quotes I’ve heard, “Citizens and businesses must first act so policy can react.” Policy reflects the will of the citizens and local businesses. By fostering a green community and gathering like-minded individuals, you’ll have some serious power to negotiate with your local government.

For more information on getting involved with your local government check out this post for my free policy workbook.

My journey looks very similar to the one presented here. I hit step 10 earlier this year when chosen to serve my local government. I’m curious if your journey looked like this?

Have you gone through all the steps? Were they in a similar order? What step are you on now?