Plastic-Free July: Week 1

Having participated in Plastic-Free July before, I thought it would be easier to manage my use of plastic and limit the amount of waste from it. Although I’ve taken significant steps to reducing my plastic use by purchasing Lunchskin reusable bags and Prepworks’ Collapsible Storage Bowls, I found that completely avoiding the consumption and waste of more plastic was not always easy, especially with my graduate school assistantships adding more work for key events and summer school challenging me with a vast amount of reading and analysis. Although I wish I could report overwhelming success, I found I had a few setbacks. Here are some missteps I encountered so far during Plastic-Free July: Continue Reading ›

July 2017 Affirmations

Taking on last month’s affirmations proved to be much harder than I anticipated. Avoiding foods that have sugar and those with added sugars proved to be more complicated than I realized. In the end, I also found that avoiding sugar didn’t mean I couldn’t avoid other unhealthy ingredients. Instead, I found it better to continue cutting out candy, sweets, and diet sodas as much as I can, but also remember to have a healthy balance. Living a more sustainable life also means allowing yourself to enjoy some pleasures every once in a while. There were two times this month I went out to eat, and instead of being upset with myself, I decided to commit to not eating out the rest of the month. Finding this balance with myself made it much easier to take on this affirmation. Continue Reading ›