Day 1 of No Impact Week went okay — not perfect, but definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. I unplugged everything but the fridge before I left for class, didn’t turn on any lights, and managed to take a 4 minute shower (which is a small miracle). I had three food goals for No Impact Week: eat vegetarian every day, avoid processed food, and try to eat food locally grown in the Midwest. The first two goals were not hard, but the locally grown goal really made things challenging since it isn’t really the season for anything right now. Most of the food products that had “local” on the sign in the dining hall was sliced cheese and the hamburgers, and I couldn’t find the Smiling With Hope Bakery bagels or almost any local veggies. I tried the tofu scramble made with local eggs and did not like it, so I will have to find an alternative or readjust my local goal to just trying to stay away from foods I know are from far away, like coffee, chocolate or a lot of fruits. I convinced one of my roommates to eat vegetarian with me for a week, and she seemed excited about it! I think another hard part will be avoiding my laptop and TV because I am addicted to watching movies, so hopefully I can focus on other things (like homework, unfortunately), and get some “ho-hum” into my life.
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