Being a closet foodie (let’s face it – I Instagram more food than you’re comfortable with), one of my most frequently asked questions is what a day in the life of my innards looks like, because a day in the life of my bedroom doesn’t quite cut it.* I’m not a nutritionist, and I don’t claim to know everything there is to know about superfoods, even less what they do to your body, but my Mother has always said that when you sit down for any meal, and you’re not putting at least four different foods (preferably from different food groups) into your mouth, then you’re doing it wrong. This is why stupid fads like the cabbage diet don’t work – where are all the other nutrients at? Keep it well-rounded.
More importantly, keep it fresh – an eight-year-old’s logic is that fresh food is better than packet food. It hasn’t been as processed (although, it’s hard to tell with supermarkets now, isn’t it?**), so most of the nutritional value of the produce in its natural form is still there. Furthermore, you’re cutting out all the would-be land-fill and carbon emissions that come with packaged, frozen, chemically-treated food – miniscule in the grand 15,000 metric tonne scheme of things, yes, but one night of Sydney’s frozen pizzas later, we’re onto something.
As to the inclusion of my Keep Cup, aside from its appropriate neon colours and so recurring throwback to equally cute sipper bottles from my hey-day in the 90s
school yard (flannel around waist, no less), we’re sitting in the same vein. Where what you put in your body is equal parts selfish as it is beneficial to your natural habitat, not needing a new paper cup for your coffee every damn morning isn’t even an issue of going out of your way to help someone out (which, I would still urge you to do, because love makes the world go ’round) – it just makes sense. According to Keep Cup, if all of us actually remembered to bring a reusable coffee cup to our favourite caffeine digs at least two or three times a week (as opposed to… never), we’d cut usage 450 million paper cups in a year, and we’d be hugging an extra 110, 000 trees.
Admittedly, I’m an emotional creature with a tendency to be swayed by mammoth statistics and a greater concern for how cute animals are going to survive when we screw up their natural habitats with our paper cups, than the survival of the human race (because when it comes to looking after things, we kind of suck). But, for the rest of you who didn’t cry when Al Gore’s polar bear drowned,*** I put it to you that there’s no harm in eating fresh food, and even less harm in using a reusable coffee cup. So, give it a go, and let me know when you start feeling awesome about yourself, your stomach, your backyard, and the polar bears.
*though, come to think of it, I should really do a day in the life of my wardrobe post, huh.
**ergo, get thee to a farmer’s market – it’s also cheaper.
***while the scientific legitimacy of Gore’s timeline for mass polar bear death is questionable, you can’t say that human activity hasn’t had any detrimental effects on a lot of delicate ecosystems
Coconut Yoghurt with Bananas, Strawberries and Raspberries
Kiwifruit and Pomegranate on a Cracker
Berry, Coconut Yoghurt and Maca Smoothie with Chia Seeds and Pepitas
Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes and Raspberries
Avocado and Tomatoes on a Cracker