I’m not a cooking enthusiast, but I do prefer making my own food to eating out. And I do my best to avoid fast food, processed food and complex carbohydrates… oh and I mostly cook vegan.
It’s not as difficult as it sounds.
Besides, with the modern western food system being so heavy on sugar and processed, it’s good to have some positive constraints against all the unhealthy fake food options.
20-30 mins is probably my daily cooking time for 2 or 3 meals. And here are some things I often make.
- Pumpkin soup
Basic: one pumpkin and a veggie broth cube. Boil. You can’t go wrong…
Can replace pumpkin with whatever squash.
If you are on a low carb diet and don’t want bread to go with the soup, add pre-soaked lentils to the soup.
- Chili beans
Bell peppers cut to small pieces, cook in canned tomato (very healthy food contrary to intuition), add canned kidney beans or black beans.
Fancier version would be adding onions, cilantro or hot peppers…
- Spinach soup
Spinach (frozen or fresh), lots of them plus soup seasoning.
- Potato and mushroom stew
Eat according to the season (ex: more root veggies in the winter).
Avoid beef and diary as much as possible. This is mostly an environmental thing as cows are craaaazy methane emitters.
The last of my Sustainable Brands 2016 Copenhagen blog posts. This is probably one of my favorite sessions that demonstrated how LCA can be used for real impact in the business environment with cases from big brands.
Plastic has become one of the most utilized materials since the 20th century. Its lightweight, durability and low cost has made it extremely useful to us, therefore we let it serve us in every aspect of life. However, the very properties that made plastic desirable also made it not only detrimental to the environment, but also eventually harmful to people’s wellbeing. The plastic soup in the ocean suffocates the marine life, and often ends up in the fish on our plates; moreover, extraction of fossil fuel (origin of plastic) causes greenhouse effect that makes our climate extreme and sea level rise.
We all know that it’s time to reconsider plastic’s role in our society, but the problem is: how can we live without the convenience it has accustomed us to for so long? Well, maybe if we could go back in time and get some inspirations from the people lived in the pre-plastic times…
If you are reading this blog, chances are you don’t live under a rock and are a relatively savvy internet user. Then maybe it’s safe to assume that you, just like me, have been feeling the necessity to learn some sort of “IT stuff” to adapt to the present and future digital economy. But I, for one have been long waiting for this urge of taking up a new learning challenge to reach its full power.
Well, the moment finally came for me…
After witnessing the surprising win of xenophobia powered Brexit and the unexpected uprising of the outright bigot Trump, many may wonder the same questions: “How the hell…?!”
After a period of frustration and anger, we should move beyond these emotions and further reflect upon these historical events. How did the common sense, in this day and age with all the information at people’s fingertips, get outnumber by…well, the majority of the crowd. I am not a political commentator but I do recognize the connection relevant to my cause of interest: Slow actions against climate change is another highlighted failure of reason, science and expert opinions against the public. Hence I think sustainability professionals should take a lesson on mass communication.
A cool conference hosted by Nordic Publishing and Chalmers Competence Center Recycling right at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.
The big takeaway in short: COMMUNICATION! Now it’s time to turn attention to really looking into details on how better communication can be done. First step could be: how to get a good overview of all the sectors in the entire economy/ sector/ city/ company in order to identify who should really start communicating with whom.
Here are some other interesting points from the talks and discussions in summary…