October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Elaine Sanders

County of San Diego

"To be intentional, mindful, and free. "

Points Total

  • 40 Today
  • 855 Challenge #2
  • 855 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    44
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    9
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    21
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    41
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,079
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    27
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Challenges

Planning

Eat Me First

I will create an "Eat Me First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 1 meals using leftovers.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Planning

Dinner Party Guest-imator

I will use the Guest-imator to plan how much food to make for my upcoming dinner party with 5 guests.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Policy to Action

I will read about about state and federal legislation that can impact food waste reduction and recovery.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Dumpster Diving Discovery

Watch this video and get a glimpse of what is actually getting thrown away in our trash cans and dumpsters.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Host a Zero-Food Waste Dinner Party

I will host a Zero Food Waste Dinner Party for 7 people.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Train Like a Chef

I will watch 2 online classes on "Creating a Full Use Kitchen" through the James Beard Foundation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Watch Save The Food San Diego Videos

I will watch 2 Save the Food San Diego videos.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Veggie Snacks

Place cut carrots and celery in jars filled with water to keep them fresh, crisp and easy to grab for up to a week. I will properly store 3 veggie snacks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Bananas

To keep bananas from browning quickly, break up the bunch and separate. Don’t store bananas with apples, which speed up ripening. If the stems came covered in plastic wrap, do not remove the plastic until ready to eat as this will slow the release of ethylene gas. I will properly store 5 bananas.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Berries

To keep berries fresh, place them on top of a paper towel in a sealed container to absorb excess moisture and reduce chances of molding. I will properly store 1 packs of berries.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Planning

Portion Planning

Use a portion size guide to ensure appropriate portions when cooking. I will cook 2 portion-appropriate meals.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Planning

Date Labels Demystified

I will not toss food once it is past the best buy date. "Expiration" dates misleadingly refer to quality, not safety. Use your senses and best judgement.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Watch John Oliver Food Waste Episode

Watch a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episode on the topic of food waste and learn about the scope and scale of the issue.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Planning

Fridge Inventory

I will keep a fridge inventory to stay up to date with what I have in my fridge before I go grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food Systems

Stay Connected

Sign up for the San Diego Food System Alliance Newsletter to stay up to date on what's happening in the region

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Let's Get Social

I will share a Save The Food social media post.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Planning

Meal Prep Mania

I will meal prep 8 meals.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food Waste Tracking

Food Waste Tracking

Ready. Set. Record!

For each day during the food waste tracking week, record your food waste. This action accepts one entry per day, so be sure to enter one total for food waste across all of your meals, or weigh all of your food waste once at the end of each day. Please use ounces for unit of measurement.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Elaine Sanders 1/24/2020 10:53 AM
    Really looking forward to taking an inventory of what i have in the pantries and fridge. This challenge has also been helpful on my wallet. Woot!

  • Elaine Sanders 1/22/2020 4:25 PM
    Today we had a breakfast potluck and i had purchased some overly ripened avocados. My natural inclination was to toss them out, but i was able to salvage what i could from them and people still love their avo. 

  • Elaine Sanders 1/21/2020 10:31 AM
    I see a complete mind shift to not immediately throw away my leftovers or scraps without thinking I need i need to take ownership of what I'm doing. It may not exactly change the action per se, but there's at least some thought behind it :) 

  • Elaine Sanders 1/18/2020 8:26 PM
    Today was really tough. While we did really well in preparing breakfast, we went to the market place and purchased a ton of different snacks. I’m hoping we can consume them all or distribute them to someone that can use it... 

  • Elaine Sanders 1/17/2020 11:08 AM
    This long weekend will be a pretty big challenge since I will be with my friends and will be sharing food together. I thinking ahead of how many days we will be eating in and going out, so we don't purchase extra and sending it to waste... Hopefully by not going to the store hungry will help with that ^_^

  • Elaine Sanders 1/16/2020 11:03 AM
    I'm debating if I should start another challenge where i weigh out all of the packaging waste I go through daily. I almost want to say that  it may weigh more than the amount of food waste i have in a day.... 

  • Elaine Sanders 1/15/2020 8:09 AM
    Challenge Update: I feel really good about some of the choices and thoughts that are coming up to try to limit the amount of food waste daily. Yesterday i had a few items in my desk drawer that I was considering throwing out, but instead with a (little bit of encouragement) I kept them in the break room for someone else to consume. Because most of my food scraps at work have been tea bags, vegetable scraps, or coffee grounds, I think it would be smart to have a bag in the freezer that holds these items and take them home with me to compost...
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Date Labels Demystified
    What is your first reaction when you see an item that is past its "Best By" date? Where do you think this reaction comes from?

    Elaine Sanders 1/14/2020 2:51 PM
    My inclination is to always throw out food beyond the best by date thinking that it was based off food safety standards. Before i do that, i'll do my best to fight this instinct and use my senses to figure out if it is digestable.... really really really fight it. 

  • Elaine Sanders 1/14/2020 7:56 AM
    Day 1 and i'm thinking that if i really wanted to produce less waste, i'll have to cut back on eating meat.... just a thought :) - Love, a Pensive Carnivore