Today’s challenge is to D.I.Y.
We are super addicted to packaging in modern society. The item we are really purchasing is sometimes wrapped in plastic and again in a plastic container. And, again, plastic (although recyclable in most cases) is not biodegradable. So, today I’d like you to invite you to make something on your own that you normally buy in a container.
Try making your own.
Here are some examples of products you can make at home:
bread, yogurt, jam, frozen fruit, juices, granola, trail mix, tea, nut butters, canned veggies/fruit, household cleaners
To make this easier, I am providing a couple recipes, but feel free to do your own research and get creative!
When I was growing up, my mother made her own bread, refried beans, cookies, cakes, etc.
As I’ve become a mother, I’ve learned about canning, juicing and making my own household cleaners and tea.
Yes, it’s more time consuming than just running to the store. But, can you turn it into an exercise in Mindfulness? Being aware that by making your own bread, you know where the ingredients came from, you know how it was handled and prepared. And, you can put the love in!
I keep a little spice container by my cooktop labeled “LOVE” and as I am cooking, I sprinkle a little into the dish I am preparing. It’s technically empty, but it is a reminder to get present to what I am doing and be Mindful of my current activity. Sometimes I’m in a rush and forget. But on those days, the meals are definitely not as delicious to my family or myself.
(I’m not making this up…)
As always, if this challenge does not work for you today, please do one of the Optional Challenges today!
Here are a couple recipes to get you started (hopefully with ingredients you already have at home):