I’m done with my food experiment a couple of days earlier because I already knew what I was going to say so I thought there was no point to keep on filming every single meal I had.
I’m really happy I experimented having whole foods for a week, however re-watching these vlogs I realised that I wasn’t very clear on the reason why I did it and also I should have explained what “whole foods” mean to me better.
What I tried to eliminate were foods that came with too much packaging and that contained a bunch of unknown ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce. So for example I didn’t have any frozen, ready meals like fritters, veggie burgers, or vegan cheese. But I still had peanut butter or olive oil, because although they are technically processed foods, they only contain one ingredient and they come in recyclable glass containers (I actually buy my olive oil in bulk so even better). The only two exceptions I made were nutritional yeast (which is a necessity for vegans) and a tub of ice cream (which came in a recyclable cardboard container).
Recently I’ve become more and more interested in how to reduce waste. I started shopping at the farmers market more and I’ve been buying goods in bulk as much as I could. I realised that eating whole, unprocessed foods goes hand in hand with reducing waste, as it’s quite easy to buy fruit, veggies, rice and so on unpackaged.
My main conclusions are that eating whole foods is a great way to reduce the waste we produce, but that we also shouldn’t set too many rules for ourselves and that it’s ok to make exceptions. I will carry on with a whole-food based vegan diet, but I will also allow myself some processed foods from time to time if that’s what my body wants. It’s ok to make “exceptions” as long as we are aware of our choices and we don’t restrict ourselves.
More details below (apologies about the huge pimple in the middle of my face):