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Elaine Sanders

County of San Diego

"To be intentional, mindful, and free. "

Points Total

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  • 1,274 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    99
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    6
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    9
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    5
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    47
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    161
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2,380
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    57
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    45
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Elaine's Actions

Shopping

Eat Before Shopping

Those who grocery shop on an empty stomach spend 64% more than not-hungry shoppers. Resist impulse buys by shopping with a full stomach. Eat a snack or a meal before going grocery shopping.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community

Policy to Action

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

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Community

Dumpster Diving Discovery

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

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Community

Host a Zero-Food Waste Dinner Party

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

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Community

Train Like a Chef

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

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Community

Watch Save The Food San Diego Videos

I will watch 2 Save the Food San Diego videos.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Planning

Portion Planning

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Community

Let's Get Social

I will share a Save The Food social media post.

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Planning

Meal Prep Mania

I will meal prep 8 meals.

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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.

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    Elaine Sanders 2/19/2020 8:50 AM
    One thing i have really enjoyed with this challenge is sharing food tips with others. These are all people who already do a really good job of not wasting food, but there is always something to learn :)

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    Elaine Sanders 2/13/2020 11:47 AM
    Has anyone felt like they are really trying to get the most of their veggies? I was making an  eggplant dish, and really tried to get as much of the eggplant closest to the stem. The remaining went to the compost, but no joke, In my past non eco challenge life i would have cut 1 inch off the top and move on with my life... :) 

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    Elaine Sanders 2/12/2020 8:23 AM
    Yesterday I went out to eat for lunch and didn't need to do any prep work.... Suprisingly knowing that I had no food waste made me pleasantly happy :)

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    Elaine Sanders 2/11/2020 10:04 AM
    Oooooh glad to be back! During the hiatus, I think i was still really mindful of my food waste... so hopefully i can keep it up ongoing :)

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    Elaine Sanders 1/27/2020 12:30 PM
    Yesterday,  I purchased a loose leaf green tea in the am from a local coffee shop, and i probably made an extra 6 cups of tea throughout the day with my handy electric kettle by reusing the bag. Needless to say i had a nice green tea caffeinated day. 

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    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!

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    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. 

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    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 :) 

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    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... 

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    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 ^_^