Zero Waste Supermarket!

I WENT TO A ZERO WASTE SUPERMARKET!

My little sister Phoebe challenged me to practice what I preach and #refuseplastic for two weeks… how hard can it be when I try not to buy plastic anyway? When you run out of pasta, rice and lentils you suddenly realise that plastic is everywhere and my usual shopping trolley is clearly riddled with plastic. Suddenly I NEED pasta!

 

We can take baby steps towards reducing the plastic we buy, and collectively make a global movement towards consuming less plastic. This could result in less plastic in the oceans, could bring back an attitude of reusing the packaging we’ve got instead of just recycling, and shift attitudes towards supporting a healthier and more fair planet!

I visited Sel Fair, a zero-waste supermarket in Bremen, and I was not disappointed. I found it on www.bepakt.com, and suggest that you try the same for your area! I took my own jars and boxes, weighed them, filled them, then weighed again. I bought only what I needed, and I didn’t bring away any extra ‘waste’ that would end up in the recycling bin again. Bulk stores are popular in America… let’s bring more of them to Europe!

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#Practicewhatyoupreach… whether you hear yourself preaching a love for the environment, for animals or for your carbon footprint… I challenge you to REFUSE PLASTIC for the rest of the day, and show yourself that you can actively care for this planet!

MY FIRST AWARD!! And links to some AMAZING blogs

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I am very thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster award by the exceptional bloggers Taylor and Tori over at thymefortofu! They are twin sisters who blog about veganism and I think it’s amazing- they have recipes for all sorts and also generally educate about a vegan lifestyle. Amazing!

If you blog you may have heard of the Liebster award, basically it’s passed around and gives exposure to loads of blogs (woohoo!). Some people award it to people with less followers, some rules state different numbers of questions must be answered and asked, and the whole thing is very variable! So I’m going to follow the rules set by Taylor and Tori:

The rules:

  • Post the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions set for you
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees

Answers to the questions I was asked:

1. What is your favourite kitchen tool?

Ladle! I eat so much soup that I couldn’t live without one.

2. What is your number one tip for blog photography?

Lighting! Light makes everything look better, so the best time of day to take a photo is when it’s still bright outside. Place your dish near the window for some light love.

3. What is your guilty pleasure food?

BLT. Fake bacon, lettuce and tomato with some vegan mayo. OOF. So good, so bready, so good at curing a hangover.

4. Do you have a go to spice?

Cumin. Soups are always enhanced with cumin for me<3

5. Why did you start blogging?

I became vegan 4 years ago and didn’t have a clue what I was doing (!!) so I blogged my journey in the hope that people would a) point me in the right direction and 2) learn from my experiences. I now have an amazingly useful site of recipes that are one click away 😀 Win win!

6. Have you always eaten the type of food your recipes show or was there a change in your diet to get there?

No way. I was a huge meat eater for 19 years, and I’m forever doing detoxes and discovering new foods so my palette always changes. I love discovering new food!

7. Do you repeat meals frequently?

Not too often. Maybe I should. Actually that’s a lie. I have tofu noodle soup almost 5 times a week. Apart from that I like to mix it up.

8. What are your top 3 meals?

Tofu noodle soup! And also Ramen noodle broth and lasagne.

9. Who do you cook for?

I live in Wales, and usually cook for me and my boyfriend. But when I visit home (Manchester) I cook for my family of 7. Last Christmas I cooked for 25 people in my family!

10. What is the most important meal of the day?

For me- dinner. I never have time for breakfast, and lunch is always rushed!

My nominees in no particular order are:

Healthy Made Easy

Thank you for the Moosick

Vegan Voyager

Meek Vegan

What Catherine Ate Next

Blend it Whisk it

Kitchen Nutrition

Beyond Fit Recipes

Jessy and Two Tasters

My Amazing Life

& I would like to know:

1. What’s your favourite recipe?

2. What do you eat for a Sunday dinner?

3. What’s your favourite blog post

4. Where would you most like to live?

5. Who eats most of your food?

6. What’s the maximum number of people you’ve cooked for?

7. Do you have any pets?

8. Do you ever visit Manchester, UK?

9. What’s your best tip for beginner vegans who don’t know what to eat?

10. What’s your favourite dessert recipe?

Thank you guys, you’re the reason I love blogging, as I love seeing all your hard work and being inspired by it ❤

8 things to do before you consider visiting sea life (UK)

Fish are friends not food. It’s worth reading up on your local aquariums before your next trip.

Rather than even bother with learning the devastating truth about the 50 clownfish in a tank that all look hilarious and just like nemo, why not just nip that in the bud and think about 8 things to do before you even consider visiting sea life (or other entertainment aquariums).

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1. Whale and Dolphin watching with The Seawatch Foundation

Live by the sea? Grab your binoculars and head to the nearest cliff or hill. Park yourselves down and watch the sea, and be surprised at what you might see. There are recommended areas where you’re more likely to see dolphins and other cetaceans, and it’s a great free activity for a family, a couple, a group of friends, or anyone who wants to do something a bit different! By writing down what you see, and taking photos if you like, you’re also actively helping the marine environment by building up a record of what’s out there! Pretty cool. The Sea Watch Foundation are a UK-based cetacean monitoring unit and charity organisation. It’s free! If you live by the sea, why not take part in a free activity that helps your local wildlife?

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2. Beach CleansThe Great British Beach Clean, or Beachwatch both run by the Marine Conservation Society

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people so we all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter. Why not get involved with a local beach clean, or organise one yourself. It’s a great way to get together and do some good for the oceans. You can even pitch up a BBQ and relax after the beach clean (as long as you clean up after yourselves!). It’s a great activity and makes you feel good inside and out. You can’t beat sea air.

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3. Scuba diving and snorkelling – with BSACPADI, or snorkelling with friends

So you want to see fish, anenomes, starfish, and all the wonders of the ocean? Good news: The UK is surrounded by…WATER! We’re so lucky to have marine life all around us. Grab the opportunity and join your local dive club (although this option is quite expensive when you inevitably get addicted to diving), or get involved in snorkelling which is much cheaper, faster to learn and the whole family can get involved. Just don’t forget your wetsuit!

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4. Go on a boat trip – puffin island or educational

What better way to experience the beauty and power of the oceans, without getting wet or spending too much, than by hopping on a boat where the guides can tell you all you need to know about the circling seabirds, or if you’re lucky enough, the pod of dolphins cruising alongside the boat.

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5. Explore the shore – with a print out beach guide

The internet has so much information about the UK coast, and you can find for free, or purchase, a whole host of amazing beach guides. Take it along to the beach and teach the kids (or let them teach themselves using the guide) how to find starfish, anenomes, barnacles and dog whelks! There’s so much to see on the beach, and it’s all free. It’s a much better experience seeing these things in nature, as next time you go to the beach you’ll be looking and finding animals and seaweeds you never would’ve noticed before! Education can be fun when it involves sea and sand.

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6. Buy sustainable seafood- make it an event

There’s even an APP for this!!! It sounds simple, and boring, but in reality you are doing so much good by thinking about which fish you eat, and which you avoid. If you avoid it all together then great, but it’s worth knowing what’s sustainable and what’s not, for better advising people who’d like to enjoy a fishy treat. Lots of great British info out there … here, here and here for example.

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7. ‘Take only photographs, leave only bubbles’

Respect the oceans. Don’t litter, don’t touch, don’t take. This mentality will help the oceans more than you’ll ever know, and the fish will thank you! On the topic of photographs, there are many beautiful coastal sites across the UK so why not join in on a photography course with friends, or take tips from the free blogging online community, where photography tips are everywhere.

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8. GO OUTSIDE – you don’t need to live by the sea to have fun

Although this post is marine-related (in response to avoiding sea life!!)… there are so many things you can do on your doorstep, whether you live in Manchester City Centre or you live in the middle of nowhere. Explore your local area in a way you’ve never done before- it’s free and you’ll be amazed at how fun it can be to just put on your boots and go exploring (and there’s not a £30 entrance fee). I could add a million things to the list, watersports, the list goes on. Enjoy finding your own paradises close to home.

Exploring the ocean!

I’m trying to get out of the house to somewhere other than the lab or the library, every day!

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Today I went down to the Menai Strait near my house and started videoing some footage for a project I’m doing.

The juice I had this morning was very average, not the best!

1/2 cucumber
1 apple
8 stalks kale
Handful of spinach

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It was followed by couscous with seaweed and spring onions for lunch, so that kinda made up for it!

30 days to get a grip

It’s no secret to the people that know me that I eat a lot.

Luckily it’s all plant based and I juice quite a lot but even then the pasta, bread, and the all too frequent trips to the Chinese take-away make me think I really need to buck up my ideas and get a grip.

So in a bid to stop going to the Chinese, and to show what vegans like me really eat and drink on a day to day basis, I’ve decided to post everything I consume on here for 30 days. Hopefully I’ll feel guilty posting my food and eat less crap. That’s the plan.

On the 1st Feb, hopefully I can look back and feel lighter, healthier and happier for the new year… But I am a self confessed binge eater/drinker so let’s see how this materialises!

Oh… and… HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Czachur’s x

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