My friends are playing Devil’s Advocate and bringing up every item that I couldn’t possibly get without plastic. Tampons? Make-up? Deodorant? Check, check, check. (And these I’ll talk about later.) But the biggest question that I’ve had for myself has been about food.
I have a number of food issues. These are:
1. Vegetarian. I don’t eat land or water animals and rely on nuts, seeds, soy products, etc, for my protein. Unlike a lot of vegetarians, I *love* those products that look and taste like “real meat” but are actually made from soy, veggies, nuts, seeds or some other non-meat ingredients… and most, if not all, of them come wrapped in plastic. So, those are out, unless I can find some packaged differently (so far no luck).
I’m going to consider bringing fish info my diet. This will be hard for me emotionally but I think as long as I’m not eating farmed fish, if I’m getting it from a reputable source, etc, I can make it work. I’m going to do some more research here but this may be my only option to get my protein.
2. Wheat and dairy sensitivities. In addition to not eating meat, I can’t have dairy. You can buy cow’s milk in glass jars but soy, hemp, rice and almond milk all come in tetra-packs. Tetra-packs are coated in plastic and have a little plastic cap. So, those are out. I’m going to try making my own milk! I have a recipe for soy milk and I could make a big jug of it for only a few dollars. I’ll have to figure out where to buy soy nuts, though.
As for the wheat sensitivity, bread won’t be a problem because there’s a rice bakery nearby where I can get fresh bread that isn’t packaged. For flour I use barley and I buy that in a paper, plastic-free bag. The issue is pasta; I LOVE pasta! I currently buy rice pasta that comes in a plastic bag and I’m not sure where to find wheat-free pasta in bulk. I’ll have to look around some more for that.
3. Hypoglycemia. As a hypoglycemic, I can’t have a lot of sugar and need to use an alternative. I generally use agave nectar (which comes in a plastic bottle) or one of those powdered sweeteners. Do they come in bulk? Again, something I’ll have to look into more.
I’m going to have to start cooking a *lot* more. I tend to be pretty lazy when it comes to cooking! I think I’m going to try to make large batches of things and freeze them. I’ll just have to be more creative and find some good and easy recipes.