Sustainability can be an incredibly complex and overwhelming topic. There’s just so much to be done. It also doesn’t help that it’s one of those things that we can often end up thinking “does what I do even make a difference?”.
For me, what started off as just a tiny whisper of a voice wanting to do better when it came to the environment, became a dominating part of my beliefs. That’s why I ended up shifting my entire business from body-love nutrition to focusing on sustainable nutrition. Not that body-love is not an important topic. Loving one’s body endlessly and unconditionally is absolutely fundamental to begin to make any type of nutrition and wellness change.
I do believe however, that the Universe is constantly in communication with us. And it’s up to us to make the decision to listen and follow. So I made the switch to The Nutrinut – a Sustainable Nutrition coaching practice.
Can I say that I have mastered and perfected sustainability?
Certainly not. And that’s why I decided to share with you how it has been going by journaling about it. Because I want you to know that I am not perfect and my journey hasn’t been either.
Change (big or small) especially when it comes to changing our already established routine, can feel like an uphill battle. And that’s how my journey to living in a greener way has been. There are moments where I slip, fall, sink knee-deep into mudd, and even on some occasions, roll right back down the hill. But what matters is that we keep trying – keep on getting up and taking that step forward.
So I invite you to join me on this journey and welcome you to my Going Green Diary. No filters or half stories. My success stories ALONG with my failures and lessons.
Recap Of Last Year
Before officially starting this diary segment, let me bring you up-to-speed of where I currently am. Starting with a little recap of 2020.
The year 2020 for me has been about countless life lessons. This was also the year that I decided to make the business transition to focus on sustainability. But it didn’t come without those good old feelings of fear and impostor syndrome.
Confession number one I guess – feeling like an impostor or fraud.
Why? Well, because I am guilty of setting unrealistic goals and expectations for myself. Like expecting to be living a FULLY sustainable life in a couple of months. I wanted to be zero waste in my kitchen, in my beauty and personal care, in my home, and in my life.
As you probably already guessed, that ended up in overwhelm, panic, frustration, and tons of failure. So when I saw that I was not where I wanted to be, I started to second-guess myself.
But the beauty of failing is that you learn and become stronger. The best lessons come from failing, right? I learned last year that I needed to pick one area and really master that before moving forward.
Naturally, I chose to focus on my favorite part – food. So I set some achievable goals for myself and that’s what I am zooming in all of my energy.
Sustainability Goals (For Now)
-Bring back reusable bags to the supermarket – this is an interesting one for me. Although I was already only buying produce that didn’t come in plastic, because of COVID some stores weren’t allowing me to use my reusable bags. So I have quite the little collection of supermarket plastic bags. And although I use it for trash, I have a supply to last me quite some time. This year, the bags are going back in the car so I am prepared to pass on plastic.
-Practice minimalism when doing groceries – this is about getting only what I need and focusing on produce and pantry items. There are so many distractions in the supermarkets designed to get you to spend more money. So many aisles are consisting of processed foods that are not that great for us or the planet. That is why I am focusing on fresh plastic-free produce. It’s the bulk of my shopping. The rest is just to complete any missing pantry components.
-Avoiding food waste – this is about being very aware especially of what’s lingering in the fridge. End of week is about finishing what’s in the fridge. It’s about making soups, juices, and baked dishes to maximize what is not so fresh anymore. About ⅓ of the food produced in the world is wasted, so this is a VERY important one for me.
-Bonus wish list goal → Use everything I can from the entire fruit/veggie, like pineapple + banana peels or broccoli stems. Things like that. 🙂
Although there’s so much more that I want to work on, these are already plenty to take on. Because it’s about having a plan, being prepared, and investing time (and love) into it.
There you have it my beautiful Nutrinut community, my New Year’s Resolution of sorts. Stay tuned for my weekly updates on my Going Green Diary for the behind the scenes of my sustainability journey.