I have spoken to many of you regarding the waste-free challenge that my family is doing for CNN. We were asked to go without trash for a total of one-month. At first, this seemed like an easy challenge, but we realized that this was about way more than being waste-free.
One of the first things that we noticed was that most of our trash comes from processed foods i.e cereal, crackers, juice boxes, kid-friendly snacks. Most of which are not that healthy. We are forced, by way of saving the environment, to eat cleaner diets. Saturday, we went to Willy's for lunch (since we were at the Green Market, Piedmont Park) instead of going home for lunch. Our food was taken away in a Styrofoam box, along with napkins, plastic forks and foil. I absolutely love Willy's, and I know that a major part of losing weight and eating right is cooking for yourself. However, I never considered the waste we make from eating out.
I want to encourage you to make one small change or step that will produce less trash as well as promote good health. Find one waste-free thing that you can do that will also help you to become a little more "waist-free". I have a few examples below:
1. Soda-free: This by far is one of the main contributors of weight-gain, and the primary reason drinks over 16oz. will soon be outlawed in New York. Cut back on your soda consumption to both produce less waste and shave down your waist.
2. Fast Food-free: Eating out is one of the second biggest culprits of weight gain. When we eat out, we have little control of what we are actually eating. After all, we are not the ones preparing it. Many of us go through loads of napkins, plastic utensils and doggie bags while dining. Be in control of your diet and go fast-food free for waist-free.
3. Sweet-free: I can not think of a cupcake that does not have a paper wrapper, or a piece of candy that doesn't produce trash. I am all for something sweet, but what I am really for is something sweet that is homemade. Spend quality time with your children, surprise your friends by baking from scratch. They will love it and it will taste 10x better than store-bought.