I bought Tostidos the other day, as in last night when I was getting home from the library at midnight and I wanted more than just veggies to eat...ARGH 711 how you tempt me! So I am thinking each week I will document what I buy to keep on track with this 80% local thing and then I will try to look up the other 20% and see what company makes/processes it and what their general status is in terms of "goodness"...My guess is Tostidos made by Frito Lays is not going to measure up nicely.
The package said "All Natural" though which made me actually laugh out loud...Nothing "artificial" in the bag, just on the crops that make whats in the bag.
SO lets call this Week One in Project Be a Conscientious Consumer: We can start with Friday- September 21st, 2012
I was supposed to celebrate my 6month anniversary with the boyfriend and I looked up local/organic restaurants to eat at YAY...except not yay. For a myriad of reasons including illness and a looming test said boyfriend had, AND looking up and going to the WRONG restaurant we ended up just driving turning around and coming back to my apartment. Disappointed and dressed up, I ran into Dominick's to get my comfort food...you guessed it: cereal and chocolate. So confession item #1:
Rice Chex, & Chocolate Rice Chex
Saturday: Determined to celebrate in some fashion I bussed it to Elmwood Park to study with the bf at Starbucks (ew Starbucks I know not good) BUT after study sesh we went to his house and his mother had just gotten back from Wisconsin where they are building/built a house, and have started a small farm. She promptly gave me tomatoes, carrots, and apples! The apples she bought from a neighbor, also a non-pesticide using farmer, and the rest they grew! So amazing, so yummy.
Sunday: I went to the Glenwood market! Super cute, one of the vendors was selling soup made with ingrediants from the stand right next to his! If I had more mula I would have bought more delicious treats, but I only picked up some Arugula!
Monday: LOYOLA FARMER'S MARKET! bought a gluten free pumpkin treat, made gluten free, vegan...Haven't asked the vendor about her ingredients will get the details next week! Local Radishes, and Cucumbers grown by the Loyola Students/alums on our very own Loyola Ecology campus in Woodstock.
Tuesday: I do not buy anything...but consume some candy from the candy jar at work.
Wednesday: I ran out of coffee! SHIT, could have bought some at the farmers market- ARGH...I look up True Nature grocery and check it out on broadway. Pretty cute, not all local aka they have bananas and oranges etc. BUT local and organic coffee- check, $13/lb a little steep but morally it felt good, and rent wasn't due yet so money was no object...that's how that works right? I also bought some organic rice snacks NOT local...but organic so I don't know how that factors into my pledge.
Thursday: Rent is due soon so I should not be buying food I don't need. Day off from spending.
Friday: I WENT HOME! yay. About going home: love it. Also I am not going to be the person at the family party who refuses to eat until she knows where the ingredients came from. My mom shops at farmers markets occasionally but being the party pooper is not my game here. I ate the delicious salad (with lettuce grown from my mom's garden...I refrained from asking if they use miracle grow because I want to be blissfully ignorant, at least until next time I visit) and gobbled up some roasted acorn squash. Delicious.
Saturday: Had my friends over who just got engaged. Perk of going home for a family party: leftovers.
Right now I am not counting eating any packaged goods I have/had before this experiment because I am not in the business of wasting that is what I am trying NOT to do, so the pasta I cooked for my guests Saturday, and the veggie chili I have in my freezer are all things that will be consumed more or less guilt free.
SO How'd I do this week?
$10 on boxed evils (cereal was on sale+ bag of chips)
$7 Questionables: organic $4; Pumpkin pie treat $3 OH and I bought 3 luna bars...hmmm that was $3 which I am not sure what category since they SAY 70% of the ingredients are organic I will have to research that...SO $10 questionable
$19 Undoubtedly local+ the apples, and carrots that I didn't have to pay for that are local which hopefully cancel out the at home dinner that I also didn't pay for, that wasn't local.
So 80% in dollar amount...not achieved it was almost 50%
This is not easy.
-Until next weigh in-
Time to do some homework....
-Slightly Unsuccessful Student
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