I live in Northern California and it is the height of the growing season. Hence, the abundance of fresh produce is truly mind-boggling! I’ve been hitting up my local farmer’s market twice a week, on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening. In all seriousness, I can say I eat mostly vegetables and fruit.
There are other things I eat as well. I eat plain whole milk organic yogurt for breakfast almost every day. Mmm, with fresh fruit mixed in it is heavenly! I eat cottage cheese as a snack most afternoons around 3 pm. Then there are little things, like the kraut I sometimes put in my salads or the canned beans or tomatoes I use in cooking. I put soy milk in my coffee, which I purchase at Starbucks generally. I buy tortilla chips and crunch them up in my chili. I buy Dave’s Killer Bread (so good). The packaged products I buy are carefully chosen and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with consuming them.
But all this farmer’s marketing got me wondering if I could get by without any labelled food at all- like nothing with a brand name on it. No boxes, cans or packages. If I’m going to try it, now is the time- while the farmer’s market is in full swing. It’s been awhile since I did anything outside my comfort zone and this sounds like a fun thing to try, so here’s what I’m proposing:
No Packaged Food In June
1. No food with a label on it. This means, I will stick to pretty much all fresh produce, supplemented with some things from the bulk bins at Whole foods (grains, nuts, and dried beans, etc)
2. I will allow myself to use the things in my spice cabinet. So that means, I will still use my spices, salt and pepper, and oils and vinegar that I already have. But if I buy more of any of these items, I will find it at the farmer’s market or go without.
3. I will keep track of the cost and take pictures of what I eat. I’ll do this as thoroughly as possible for my readers.
4. There are some prepared foods at the farmer’s market. These are on the table, though I will make an attempt to stay away as much as possible :)
5. I reserve the right to take a break from this experiment if I go out to eat, which doesn’t happen more than a few times a month.
I posted about this on my Facebook page and it was pretty interesting to see people’s reactions. Some said “That’s crazy and sounds like no fun.” Some said “I eat that way already.” Then others started naming it “Oh, it’s the 80-10-10 diet!” or “Oh, that’s called Clean Eating” or “Oh, you should do Raw Vegan!”
I’m adamantly anti- Diets With Names. Why? Because then there are rules made up by someone else and a whole army of people just waiting to tell me I’m Doing It Wrong. They almost made me not want to do this by trying to put a name on it. No, I am not eating frozen chicken and brown rice (I don’t eat meat). No, I am not eating all fruit. No, I am not giving up cooking. No, I am not a vegan.
I’m just doing a little experiment to see how I fare without any packaged foods.
Stay tuned for updates. Who wants to join me?