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My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Dont waste food - what you can do with left overs - What can you do with aquafaba?

In school at the moment we are learning about how much food goes to waste each year and it is absaloutly crazy. It almost makes me a little mad to think about how much food is thrown away. According to FAO: "
  • Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
  • Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg a year in Europe and North America, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-eastern Asia, each throw away only 6-11 kg a year.
  • Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.
  • The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people
  • Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.

It makes me sad to think about how much food i have wasted over the years. The food i have thrown up. The food i have purposely thrown away. The food i have hidden and the food i did everything i could to get rid of. It makes me sad for many reasons, one that it was waste, two, that my mum spent money on food which i then just threw away or would throw up, and three because i couldnt just see food as something amazing and something i needed and something i should be thankful for.

Ive grown up in a family where ive always been told to eat up what is on my plate and to not throw away so that is something i am glad i have with me. I never throw away left overs, instead if i cant eat it all at once i save it for the next day or freeze it. At first when i heard about how much food goes to waste just in the household it shocked me as i wondered... what is it that they throw away? Almost nothing i buy goes uneaten or into the trash unless it is maybe some salad that was moldy when i bought it.

Vegetables and fruit are what contribute to the most waste as they rot so quickly and rot even faster if they are not stored correctly. 

To minimize waste of fruit read HERE about how to store fruit and vegetables properly :) Also to know which fruits to not store together as the enzymes of the fruit can cause rotting quicker in the other fruits!

Restaurants and food stores of course have the highest food wastage as they cant sell anything that isnt "perfect!" i.e cans or packages that are a little bit "off" cant be sold and also arent allowed to be given away.... they are just thrown away. And with restaurants they cant/dont give away food to homeless so the food is just thrown away. 
One of my friends worked at a bakery and when she told me how she would throw away cakes and buns and bread each evening it made me feel so sad... all that waste? Of course its hard to know how much to produce each morning but to have to throw away so much just seems so wrong. 

I thought i would write some tips about how to minimize waste for anyone who is interested :) I think its important with these types of posts and advice and about climate and environment and veganism and other posts - knowing i can make a difference and increase awareness :) But also maybe to make you NOT waste food.. its better to eat the food and nourish your body or save it for the next day. Food is nourishment - dont purge it, dont throw it away, dont hide it, dont try to compensate and exercise the food away. Instead be thankful that you can eat!!!


So my tips: (in the order that i think of them - so no structure haha!)

1) Dont buy more than you will eat. At times its tempting to buy big packs because they are cheaper, but if you wont eat it... then dont buy it.
2) Freeze left overs or freeze ripe bananas if you wont have the time to eat them.
3) If you see salad or vegetables that are 50% off at the store and you know you will eat them right away then buy them! Less waste for the store and cheaper for you :)
4) If you wont be able to eat/finish fresh fruit or vegetables buy frozen ones instead.
5) If your apples are rotting make apple sauce or muffins or pancakes etc out of them. Same goes for other fruit... just bake something with them :)
6) You can eat the peel of the potatoes and carrots and even sweet potatoe. Just make sure to rinse them properly. But if you do cut them away, then make vegetable broth out of them. (Recipe HERE)
7) You can always fry or bake potatoe peels to make a tasty (and fiber rich!) snack! Recipe HERE
8) You can use the water from chickpeas (or other beans) i.e aquafaba to make a whole range of foods and is perfect for vegan baking. You can make meringues, mayonnaise, brownies, pancakes, ice cream, marshmallow fluff etc etc recipes HERE
9) Throw left overs into a wrap and eat them like that!
10) Cook food before it rots if possible and then freeze it if you cant eat it all at once/within the closest days.
11) Vegetables and grains and beans have less bacteria risk than meat and dairy so will hold longer if stored and cooked properly.
12) Dont buy more meat than you will eat.
13) Smell and taste is important when it comes to milk and milk products. It may have passed the "best before" date but it might still be ok to eat. It is mostly just about the quality of the food and not as much about the bacteria or health risks. Read more HERE. So if the milk smells ok and looks ok then its fine to eat. However remember its all about storing food properly, and in summer food rots quicker due to the temperature rise.
14) If spinach or kale or ruccola is going bad you can just heat it up and make a sauce out of it or add it to pies or make muffins or omelettes etc
15) Eat up the food you have in the house before buying more food!
16) Be creative... create new recipes.. throw food into a pan and fry it and make a wok. Sometimes your plate might be filled with a little bit of everything but thats ok!
17) If you go to a restaurant and you dont finish your meal, take home the left overs... even if it just means giving it to your dog!
18) If you are someone who freezes alot of food, make sure to do a weekly or ever 2 weeks where you declutter your freezer and eat what you have in there before buying new food.
19) You can pickle vegetables before they rot to preserve them!
20) Make sure to use compost if you do throw away scraps!
21) Give food away to homeless, for example if you buy a food and realise you dont like it or you wont finish it... give it away.

These were all the tips i could think of on this Friday morning, but please comment below if you have any more tips or advice. Im pretty sure i can make a post about what to do with different left overs or how to make a new meal out of left overs :)

Whats your opion on waste? Do you waste alot of food?
And do you like these types of posts... i know they arent about recovery or eating disorders or mental health, but i feel like i can make a difference nonetheless and it is something i am passionate about?


Don't confuse "sell-by," "best-by," or "use-by" with "toss-by."
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8 comments:

  1. Hi Izzy - I love these posts and find them very interesting and useful, so more like it please!
    I have brought a couple of recipe and cookery books just based one how to use up left overs and they are the two cooking books I own that have had the most use. You can be surprisingly creative with leftovers and its amazing that what is deemed as waste from one meal can really make another fantastic meal! It has saved me lots of money over the years too :)
    I agree that we throw far too much food away when its not necessary. With a little extra thought before buying we could avoid this. Here I have learnt that several of the bigger supermarkets are now donating their "waste" food to food banks and homeless charities in the area, which is good.
    A couple of years ago the council stepped up its policies for recycling and waste disposal and issued everyone with a small refuse bin, a large recycling bin and a household food waste caddy. Its amazing how much of your "rubbish" is infact recyclable. The food waste caddys are collected each week and the contents go to compost or for pig feed. These measures have drastically cut the volume of our household waste going to landfill and are so beneficial.
    I don`t get to throw an awful lot of food away, with a bit of careful planning of what you need and how much you can avoid this. Its amazing how resourceful you can be if you put your mind to it - and after a while it becomes second nature!

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  2. Very good post. I worked at a grocery store in the produce department and it was sad how much food we wasted. All the fruits/vegetables that had just a little scratch on it had to be thrown away because it didn't "look" good enough to sell. I ended up just taking it all and giving it to some homeless people nearby at the end of the day.

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  3. I could write loads on this subject! Yes, a post about what you can make with left overs would be a good idea - I`m always looking for new inspiration

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  4. A few tips I can think of that I myself use to help avoid waste :

    1) If you buy pre packed meat from a supermarket ie multiple chicken breasts, chops, sausages etc and you are not going to use the whole pack in one go separate the pack into portion sizes and freeze. Then you can just take what you need when you need it

    2) If you buy a loaf of bread and know that you won`t use it all before it goes stale, freeze it. Then just take slices when you want it

    3) The same with packs of bread rolls - separate pack into individual portions and freeze what you`re not using

    4) wrap opened cheese in cling film or greaseproof paper before storing in the fridge - stops it from drying out and it lasts longer

    5) Don`t store tomatoes in the fridge - makes them go mushy and ruins the flavour

    6) You can use canned goods that have gone beyond there best before date providing the can is intact and not dented/punctured

    7) Buy frozen veg rather than fresh if you are only cooking smaller amounts, this way you only cook what you need and no waste!

    8) If you are buying fresh fruits/veg - buy loose rather than packaged - then you get to buy only what you need rather than the quantity that is in pre packed

    9) Write the date that you open things like sauce bottles/dressings/ketchup etc then you know how long you have to use it

    10) Have plenty of freezer bags and foil lidded containers at home for freezing food and left overs and plastic lidded containers for storing items in the fridge

    11) Get the last dregs of ketchup/sauce out of the bottle by standing it upside down on the new one - it will all drip out and it is surprising what is left in the bottle you would have thrown away! (I do this with washing up liquid too)


    ......I`m sure there are many more!

    Interesting post Izzy and I`m sure there is loads more to say about food waste and how to prevent it. I would be interested if you do want to write more!

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  5. And I`ve thought of some more -

    1) Buy filtered milk rather than standard if you don`t always use a great deal - once opened it lasts for 7 days rather than the three days for ordinary milk - less waste!

    2) make bubble and squeak out of left over cooked veg - mix and mash together, season and shape into a thick "pancake" and fry until golden brown

    3) Any odd bits of cheese left? Grate and place in a bag in the freezer and add to it whenever you have any more little bits of cheeses left - before you know it you`ll have a bag full and can use it for pizza, sandwiches, cooking etc

    4) left over potatoes? slice thickly and fry until golden brown or use sliced to top shepherds pie rather than mash or for gratin dishes with breadcrumbs

    5) make croutons or bread crumbs out of stale bread, or bread pudding

    6) cooked too much pasta? make it into pasta salad with veggies, cheese or tinned fish or chicken and top with mayonnaise

    Any one else got any ideas/tips?

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  6. This is a great post. I personally waste a lot of food, and now will try to throw away less, so thank you!

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  7. This is a lovely recipe for using up left over cooked pasta, and as well as being simple and very filling, makes a change too

    2 aubergines
    200g leftover pasta
    tin of chopped tomatoes with herbs/onion or use passata
    1 tbsp. chopped basil
    1 tbsp. chopped parsley
    1 ball mozzarella cheese,diced
    olive oil for drizzling
    1/2 cup of grated cheese
    salt and pepper

    1) preheat oven to 200 c/ gas mk 6. slice aubergines lengthways in half and scoop out most of the flesh

    2) chop the aubergine flesh finely and mix with pasta,tomato,herbs and mozzarella. season to taste

    3)stuff the mixture into the aubergine shells, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with grated cheese

    4) place in roasting tin and bake for 15 mins until aubergine skin is wrinkled and filling heated through


    You can also use large courgettes or small marrows for this recipe

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  8. recipe for using up biscuits that have gone a bit soft in the tin or for broken biscuits -

    2 oz butter/margarine
    cocoa
    golden syrup
    2 oz sugar
    biscuits - any variety
    melted chocolate if wished

    1) melt the butter/margarine. Add dessertspoon of cocoa and dessertspoon of golden syrup with 2 oz sugar.

    2) when it is all melted add broken up biscuits

    3) press into tin. pour melted chocolate over top if using

    4) chill in the fridge until firm, cut into squares

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