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WIAW: Keeping It Simple

You know that bumper sticker that says, “Live simply that others may simply live”?

That’s been my motto on a number of fronts lately, including clothing and transportation, but especially food.

I’ve been eating mostly meat-free, with a few exceptions, fairly simple recipes that can be made quickly, and using a lot of produce I got at the local farmers’ market.

Eating this way, I figure, is good for

  • my health (mostly local, unprocessed food, lots of fruits, veggies and grains)
  • my budget (not too much meat, inexpensive, staple ingredients)
  • my time (not much to spare at the moment!)
  • the planet, in the sense of the environment (eating local, mostly plant-based food helps reduce carbon emissions enormously)
  • the planet, in the sense of social justice and food security around the world (I gave this article to my students for an in-class activity this week.)

I also think it’s important to note that eating simply doesn’t mean undereating; I’m still getting lots of those carbs, fats and proteins. Just maybe from different sources.

Here’s what I enjoyed on Sunday:


Breakfast: Annie’s Organic Cocoa Bunnies with lactose-free milk, local cantaloupe. I tried the Cocoa Bunnies since they were on sale and made with mostly low-FODMAP ingredients, but I decided they were too sweet for my cereal tastes. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but for some reason I don’t much like sweetened cereal, with the exception of hot cereals and granola. I’m sure I’ll still eat ’em dry for snacks, though!


Elevensies: Fried eggs, Luna bar (unpictured). Fried eggs are such a delicious, inexpensive, and quick-to-prepare source of protein.


Unusually late lunch (almost 3:00pm): Cheese and tomato sandwiches. The gluten-free bread rounds and tomatoes were both from the farmers’ market. I can’t get enough of cheese and tomato sandwiches during tomato season.


Supper: Brown rice pasta with leftover beet pesto. I also cooked up the beet greens on the side. Followed by a couple of mini Reese’s and Kisses, a thank you gift my neighbor had brought by earlier that afternoon.


Monday night I had the same spaghetti and pesto but with a side of salad made from local lettuce and tomatoes, plus feta, balsamic and olive oil. The picture turned out too pretty not to post!


Bedtime snack: Simple banana nice cream. One frozen banana, one spoonful almond butter, blended. I know bananas are imported, but I adore them.

Thanks, as always, to the fabulous WIAW team!

Do you ever think about how your diet impacts food security around the world? Pretty interesting stuff.



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  1. Yes, Over the past few years I’ve learned so much about how meat and dairy impacts our health and the environment along with the ethical dilemmas as well. I’ve cut out meat for now and haven’t missed it yet. I’m sure I’ll occasionally enjoy some seafood now and again but I love keeping it simple too! πŸ˜€

  2. Cora says:

    “Simplicity” is probably my favorite word in the dictionary, and the mandate for how I strive to live my life. I started my blog for many reasons, but one was to try and celebrate and remind myself to keep things simple. In all forms of life.
    I definitely feel better, mentally, when I know I am eating the most 100% natural ingredients out there and when it is straight from the source (as I spoke about a bit in my post today, actually). This means from local farms or from the garden; from real animals and very simple (aka single) ingredient lists. I think about how this also affects the planet and sustainability and like to know that I am helping, but it sometimes is hard for me to believe that I could be making any sort of difference in such a massive global condition. But I guess if more and more people do it, we’ve gotta be making some kind of change, right?

    1. Joyce says:

      I definitely hear you; it is easy to feel small in a world with so many people. But I also know that a lot of pretty effective environmental movements started pretty small, and I believe and hope that more awareness of where our food comes from is growing.

  3. Oh gosh, I am always thinking about how my food choices impact others and the environment! I’m glad you are, too–I think it is SO important. We eat meat once a week-ish but always buy sustainably sourced meat from our local co-op.

    I’ve been loving fried eggs lately, too! Yay for cheap protein, and it helps that they’re tasty, too! πŸ™‚

    1. Joyce says:

      Yeah–I do eat meat some, mostly because there are only so many low-FODMAP sources of protein. But I do try to be aware where it comes from. Thanks for commenting!

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