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The Aftermath Of The Junk Food Weekend   3 comments

I wasn’t planning to participate in Rhonda Jean’s “On my mind…” but this morning as I walked past the garbage can I was reminded that there is a single image that captures what has been on my mind all this week: the garbage can stuffed with the packaging from my junk food weekend last weekend.

It’s been on my mind all week because I didn’t enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed not having a to-do list for two days (even if it was very hard for me to let go of being busy). What I didn’t enjoy was the junk food! Several years ago, the last time I did one of these, junk food was a special treat. Apparently when you make enough lifestyle changes, (certain) junk food can go from being a special treat to being something that isn’t even desirable any more. Maybe next time even the chips won’t be appealing any more.

The specific thing that struck me when I walked by the garbage was just how full it is. We just use a bucket as our kitchen garbage can, and even then it doesn’t usually fill up in a week. But with all of the junk food packaging in there, it is overflowing now! This is oddly comforting to me, since I generally feel like we produce way too much garbage normally. I guess as we’ve cut down on the packaged foods that we eat, I hadn’t even noticed the reduction in our total garbage volume. (I’m not the one who empties the garbage cans every week.)

Posted February 18, 2011 by mayakey in food, resource use

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