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Menos basura en Barcelona – diario de mi camino

Hola Chic@s!

Es mi primer post en castellano, asi que ya de entrada siento los fallos ortograficos, resulta que no soy Espanola, pero hago mi mejor.

Estoy segura, que ya habéis leido algun articulo sobre esa nuevayorkina o la familia de zero waste home si habéis acabado aqui…

Mi pensamiento de digamos “Salvar el mundo” me llego algo antes de leer esos articulos y luego hice mi busqueda sobre el asunto.

Ya, en mis otros posts se queda claro q soy una chica dedicada al alimentacion sana, el ejercico y el arte.

Juntar varios estilos de vida en una no es fácil.

Ser artista de circo requiere tu todo.

Ser madre también.

La alimentacion paleo requeriria un cocinero personal ya para empezar al menos.

Generar zero basura, hasta a mi me parece un trabajo de jornada entera sin rollos raros en tu alimentacion…

Llevo desde febrero con el asunto menos basura y aqui comparto mis observaciones.

Zerowastehome.com es genial, pero los consejos no nos sirven de nada, aqui al otro lado del mundo.

No digo que vaya a llegar a esas alturas, pero al menos eliminar el plastico y el exceso de basura de mi vida llegare fijo y ensenar todo eso a mi futuro hijo también.

Cambiar de golpe

Es loque le quita las ganas de vivir a todo el mundo. Me paso con el paleo, y me esta pasando con el masaje perineal (algo que parece simple, pero es hipernefasto al principio) y bueno con mil cosas, empezar circo etc.

Para empezar de golpe necesitas estar forradissimo, vamos. Cambiar todo que tengas de plastico a vidrio, las cosmeticas, encontrar embalajes eco y tiendas a granel. Es dificil y carissimo y consume mucho tiempo.

Asi que mejor comparto mis primeros pasos y loque viene. Tengais en mente que hablo de un punto de vista ya de comida rara…

Primeros pasos

Para elegir tu trayecto sigo recommendando mirar Zero Waste Home, tienen unos consejos geniales.

Yo decidí en coger loque me venia más facil, coso, y tengo telas de sobras, asi que decidí en reciclar un trozo de tela sin uso para fabricar mis bolsas de verduras y cosas secas.

Me parece muy guay comprar todos los acessorios, pero sigue siendo algo hypocrita, asi que, tienes camisetas viejas? Tijeras? Maquina o una amiga con maquina? Incluso se puede coser a mano.

Y aqui lo lanzo, si me contactas, y traes una camiseta vieja te coso las bolsitas de tela, gratis!

Total, vuelta al hypocritismo, porfa no cogas y tires todos tu tuppers a la basura, si decides poco a poco deshacer de ellos yo recommiendo darlos a tus amigos.

Aparte, mira, tuppers de vidrio son geniales, pero!! Pesan un huevo! Te lo vas a pensar varias veces a llevar dos tres al mercado… asi que quedar con aguno de plastico no es mala idea.

Cambiar donde compras

Siguiente paso.

Vas al super?

Mal. Basicamente todo viene embalado. Y con varias tapas.

Ya empezamos a lanzar mas dinero en tus compras de dia a dia con eso.

Ahora vas a empezar ir a la fruteria, a la carniceria y buscar tiendas a granel.

Como voy yo?

Tengo 5-6 bolsas rosas de verduras y cosas secas. Y generalmente me llevo un tupper, aun de plastico, para carne o pescado o olivas a granel.

Ya en mi bolso de siempre tengo un vasito de plastico grueso (que esperare cambiar a un termos metalico proximamente), dos bolsas pequenas de tela y el maravilloso papelcito recyclado para el donut casual recubierto de azucar de varias formas.

Donde nos lleva eso?

Compras

Te tienes q preparar para tus compras.

Carrito

Bolsa grande (q tal de tela?) – La hypocrecia del mundo mundial, me encantan ver esas senora doblebolsando cada tomate, que no vaya ser que se ensucie algo!! Y al final metiendo en su bolso comprado de tal tienda. Recontentas, que hacen un bien para el mundo. (O sea te has cogido 6-8 bolsas q acabaran en la basura nada más llegando a casa, pero has evitado gastar 5 centimos en una, que segun que tiendas es la unica compostable. BIENN!!!)

Bolsas pequenas – unos 5-6 de dos tamanos es mi pack basico.

1 o 2 tuppers medianos por si acaso

Algun papel o bolsa de papel q acabas de recyclar de tu ultima compra en la panaderia para cosas grasientas. Creeme puedes usarlo varias veces, eso si, te miraran raro.

Jarras q reciclaste de miel o de loque sea – aqui hay peso, asi que eso me lo llevaria cuando se loque voy a comprar.

Cambio de chip

Es el más dificil.

Tienes amigos vegetarianos? Entonces conoces la historia de su vida, como el mundo mundial les trata como raros y les critica a saco nada más teniendo un tos, que seguro que es porque comen mal etc.

Son locos, dice y piensa la gente “normal”.

Y!!!

Cambiarte a un estilo de vida para generar menos basura te va a convertir en el loco del barrio, asi que preparate! Seras el “crazy cat lady” de todos lados donde vayas.

Tendras 25 miradas malas, esas de “porque no te mueres atropellado de un camion, zorra” y tal vez, tal vez, una media sonrisa de “oh, que guay, todos debemos hacer esto”.

Tendras que tener mil ojos porque el momento que busques un centimo en tu monedero la mala cajera ya estara metiendo todo en varias bolsas de plastico, lo que da más raro, porque a los demás no se lo hace.

Prepara para tus gritos desesperados, de “Nooooo! No quiero bolsa!” basicamente en cada caja.

Poner tu tupper encima del contador no es suficiente, te tienes que especificar.

“300 g de carne picada en el TUPPER, por favor!”

” Sin bolsa, por favor” – porque de buenos, ya quieren poner tu tupper en una bolsa de plastico, para rematar la situacion.

“Una berlina (catalanismo de nuestra panaderia, a.k.a. joyeria, que incluso le pone mal a Jordi), por favor, en este bolsa de papel!” – aqui ya no basta poner la cosa delante ni la 1500a vez, y el dia que descuidas, zasss llevas basura a casa!

Donde no querras ir

Yo pensaba, donde se compra a peso, se compra a peso.

Pues me equivoque!

Pescaderia del caprabo, o el sitio magico de triplebolsarlo todo y menospreciar el cliente. ( y si! mande una queja a caprabo)

Os pego mi post del instagram mismo, eso explica toda mi indignacion.

“#caprabo acaba de perder una clienta. Porque? Porque llegamos a un punto tan increiblemente poco ecologico e consciente, q aunque lleves tu tupper para comprar algo al peso, en este caso pescado fresco y encima expliques q se trata de GENERAR MENOS BASURA, te cogan y pongan tu tupper en plastico y todo en una bolsa mas de plastico porque es obligatorio!? Perdoname!? Ya no os valen los tickets q ni con mis mejores esfuerzos puedo evitar? Tenia ganas de dejar el pescado, pero respeto el trabajo de la persona frente mia. Gracias, pero no volvere. #pococontenta #pocoecologico ”
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Se me olvido mencionar, que eso por evitar robos… inplicacion, que una mujer embarazada se va con su tupper para robar pescado crudo?

Muy probable.

Por eso olvidad los supermercados.

Por el momento me quedo con Lidl para ciertas cosas, porque no tienen ese necesidad de menospreciar a la gente como otras cadenas y imaginatelo no les parece horrible y contra su politica llevar tus bolsas.

Cuando no hay remedio

Hay cosas, que no puedes evitar pero tienes que comprar en algun tipo de envultorio.

Pues esas cosas las compras en el tamano maximo que puedas encontrar.

Amazon y ebay son tus amigos.

Basura de preferencia

Plastico o papel?

Lata o esa media hora extra de hacer tu propio salsa de tomate?

Cosas asi…

Loque no se evita se recicla y si tu discurso es que el reciclaje es una industria monopolizada por el malvado estado, pues ya lo sé. Y la rebeldia contra eso es llenar el mundo de basura y asegurar que cada dia se extingua otra especie?

Yo no creo.

Todo es mentira

Ya. Si lo piensas si lo es, no tienes jardin no puedes compostar, pero puedes al menos dejarlo en el contenedor marron.

Tengo esa discusion con Jordi, que si vale o no la pena comprar bolsas de basura compostables.
Yo creo, que si, porque no controlas donde va el plastico, Ok te dicen que se quita y recicla. O no. Tu no estas alli para verlo. Mi opinion.

Estamos mirando para hacer una compostadora, reciclada casera.

Mientras tanto mira algo asi:

Cafeteria de gusanos 😃

Worm cafe

Oye, y te limpias el culo con hojas de arbol?

Papel reciclado, Renova sale genial de precio en Carrefour.

To be continued…

On the way of less and one day maybe zero wasting

Here I come with another marvellous idea of mine.

We are done with healthy eating, mostly paleo, but almost veggie diet, (say pegan would be the politically most correct diet) with loads of straight off bio stuff, as much as our budget lets us.

Half way through to all natural cosmetics, and beginning with cleaning products.

Paraben and aluminium free deodorants.

Cloth diapering to come.

Recycling.

Etc.

But! Have we ever thought about the waste? Cool, we recycle, ehm, mostly… but what is up with the random water bottle? Everything that comes in a paper box, inside 20 plastic covers, inside the tea in teabag and detergents?

When we forget our baggies on the way to the veggie shop… that 5-6 plastic bags per shopping to be out there… (here we have only one veggie and fruit shop in the nearby, that offers also paperbags, which happens to be the most posh, aka expensive…)

We are all hypocrites. We think we are zen, bio, etc, but actually there are way too many things to consider for a better future, not only for us, but our children…

Veggie friends look down on you, because you eat meat, but they take plastic and plastic and more plastic bags at every single shopping…
Harsh looks when you munch that occasional sugary muffin by the crossfitty ones…

Once I was on track with diet, I turned my shampoo plastic bottle around and I was like why so many ingredients? If so far my magical hair care product, oil for cookies, anti-stretch mark agent, best thing found for ekczema is the one and only coconut oil.

I am starting to inform myself and see how I can get our households waste to minimum, since in a city I quite find zero wasting impossible, but let’s see.

These blog entries will turn into spanish, because there are way too many options in english with proper shops to go to, but here, I see that I need to find my own way.

My first steps.

Since Jordi’s parents (my baby daddy) live in Premia de Mar, we go every Sunday to the market and then have lunch with them. (Funnily I got to know about this after a friend of mine posted her groceries on instagram. From the next week on I was out there)

I made recycled textile baggies for fruits veggies and all. I save the universe from 5-6 bags a shooping. Yes, you need to plan shopping or always carrie some with you.

I find this site quite useful:

http://www.zerowastehome.com

But we don’t live in the states, so none of the information can helf much about shopping.

And! We don’t eat dairy from cows, either much gluten.

I’m doing my own research.

First thing.

Before you think, oh yes, so easy for you… nope it is not.

I am a pregnant girl juggling a fragile weekly budget of food, so it’s not like I can spend hundreds of Euros a week on bio shit in the poshiest bio store in Gracia.

Zero wasting is a new concept for most.

When you talk about it, each and every body poses as someone, who is well informed, explain how they recycle, etc.

Lovely, but it is a lie.

Posing.

Sadly, not too many have read about this, let alone do anything about it.

Yup, I recycle… sometimes… like once a year? One bottle?

Back at the beginning of the year, I had it clear. (after two years of paleo already)

I want clean eating for my family, not necessarily die hard paleo, but fresh unprocessed, sugarfree, as for me lactose free, etc.

Then I wondered, what about cosmetics?

I turned my shampoo around and was like WFT?

Will my baby need all that shit on his skin?

This will be another post.

Then soon the recycling thought was sinking in.

I was always pro recycling. My dad is one of these crazy dudes washing the yogurt cups to recycle and having monthly trips to the nearest recycling park to drop the more special pieces if any.

He has his own grocery garden, he composts for about 30 years, which as a little girl I found pretty gross.

So yep, jump down my throat and tell me how recycling is a monopolized industry etc. Owned by the goevernment, whatever, but!

Do you know anything better?

Yes.

Generating less or no waste.

But the people with this argument are not the ones doing it. I get this argument from people throwing everything in the landfill. And I’m harsh, because Baby daddy came up with this argument.

Until we had flatmates, making the concept into aaction was quite impossible.

We had two triple bagging die-hard vegetarians (one of them ate meat once a week, so her standpoint was pretty questionable, if not phoney, that even cleaned their potatoes with dishwashing liquid before desinfecting them… and never ever considered recycling as a serious thing.

2-3 bags of landfill a week. Maybe a tiny recycling, like water bottles, that nobody else but me bothered to take down…

Then we ended up, bejng us, Jordi and me and baby to come.

Life changed!!!

As for common costs.

No 5 rolls of paper cleaning wipes per week, not a huge pack of toilet paper used either, no unnecessary cleaning products, etc.

And this…

So, I am a happy owner of some very useful recycled textile baggies for groceries, first thing I did.

Smaller ones serves you better.

I have gotten to reduce our garbage making more than considerably. Without additional people in the household it is a lot easier.

I still struggle with limited material sources.

To go straight all the way you need shitloads of money. (even of you don’t fall for all the supercute glass dispensers you can buy)

Expecting a baby, in a currently one income household does not equal shitloads of money.

I had some help by friends sharing their finds and experiences. (here I give credit)

So let’s look into this.

Veritas.

Bio it is, but other than dead expensive veggies all goes bagged.

I still buy some things, but with all bio stores, you just cannot buy everything at one place, because you would go bankrupt.

So I keep buying my rice cream for cooking still there, and sometimes the honey. (the thick one really is worth it, because it lasts the double), coconut oil.

Caprabo

Fucking forget it, triple bagging ignorant idiots.

Lidl

I’m just gonna drop it. I love Lidl. It’s my number one store, and yes sorry, I will keep not supporting the Spanish economy until the shops I can choose from are dead expensive (Mercadona, Bonpreu, Caprabo) or plain shit with stuff already gone bad before purchase (let’s say with a catalan name with discount in it… ehm…). Many criticize Lidl, but its not bad at all.

Anyways. These places does not help you generate less waste, but to buy these few products one can live with them.

Rest and most comes from the market and the family meat shop on the corner (they still cutely smile at me, when I come with my little recycled tray, but still put the plastic on top, until I figure better, which will be a tupper with top) , and now as pregnant an occasional fresh pumpkin seed bread from the corner bakery.

And here starts my journey to discover, where to buy bulk and cheap in Bcn.

Be back in spanish the next time.

Note: I’m juststarting this journey, so take me not as an expert…

Health, strength and all those funky diets – My two cents on eating and other internal ways of maintaining your health

Past

I have always been a skinny sickish child. That went on most of my life until I, myself started to become aware of many things and researching many other things.

Since the morning of the modern age set upon us our health got out of control so much we do not even realize yet.

Our parents, with all their good will were wrong on so many levels about raising us, educating us and even feeding us.

They bought in the new era, faster everything, fancier everything. Kid’s sick? No problem! Buy what the Tv tells you.

I think in Hungary we were still moderately lucky, as it did not take such mass, moms still frequented markets and cooked meals for their children.

Yet the traditional diet is nothing to call healthy.
(meat with meat with grease, fried in lard with white break, potatoes are the main vegetables, etc., dairy shoved down the throats of children as health, etc.)

Your personal diet

You are what you eat, to repeat it the millionth time. Instead of telling you how your head will resemble a giant E. Coli ridden hamburger, that was made of hundreds of abused cows, I ask.

Do you know what you eat?

Do you know what is that? Really?

I started and also ended (not in a bad sense) my diet journey with the paleo diet, which was hitting jackpot at first…

But!

Diets are not religions!!

This is where people make the biggest mistake, they overmisticise their diet plan, they BELIEVE! You should never believe! Listen to your body, try and adjust.

So you still wanna believe?

No worries, I also wanted to believe quite badly, that one book’s magic word can completely work for me, but I was wrong. Yet, I was not as wrong as people not giving a single shit about their diet and swallows a pharmacy with any occuring health issue or the glimpse of pain. (The religion of pills, the other topic, which I get to later here)

Some believe in down to the letter strick paleo. Some believe in vegan lifestyle, some believe in supplementing everything, some believe in superfoods, etc.

We suppose that we already know that diet is not for loosing or gaining weight, but to be optimally healthy.

Nutricionists are a great help, but can someone really tell you what is best for you other than your own body?

You should never wholly buy into any diet, as so you need to adjust any diet to your own body. (Obviously without exageration, so don’t call yourself a vegetarian if you eat meat twice a week)

Instead of trying to follow a diet down to the letter, start turning the products around and read the ingredient, you will be very surprised.

Me and my journey

I started paleo, I believed in paleo. I read the bibles of paleo. After almost two years I took a big step back and adjusted it.
I also tried vegetarianism, it was an interesting experience, but was not fully for me. I like meat.

I never had weight problems, in fact my problem was always being kinda too skinny. Out of this fact, I always did the carb boosted version of the paleo diet, because I am a carb burner not a fat burner (there was never much to burn) and when I tried the strict paleo I failed big time!

I also had these massive resentments and guilts going on during the first period of my paleo journey. That was fucked up.

The problem has never the been the casual sunday afternoon hot chocolate, it has been the complete lack of interest and knowledge in and about my diet.

I started to train circus in 2009. I was told how I should go for more sugary things for energy. I did, I was constipated all the time…no exagerration.

I could never imagine that I could be without eating bread with everything, unbelievable, but it only took two weeks to get off.

Why do I like paleo?

I like paleo, because it encourages us to eat FRESH. From the butcher, from the market, even the pre-made things should be made by you.

Because it is the one diet that emphasises the importance of reducing the amount of refined sugars we eat.

It is a lifestyle not a two-weeks get skinny detox scam.

It is not math. (Who wants to count calories?)

It is quite adjustable.

You can still have a double cheese pizza once in a while without the following eyes of the paleo police force.

Once you get the trick of it, it is easy to maintain.

Me and the dairy

I loved milk, I loved cheese. I started paleo and learned soon after that I was lactose intolerant…How? I stopped my crazy daily intake of milk, then I decided to cheat meal and boom there it was.

Basically my body was disfunctioning over most of my life trying to digest milk. Now, if I drink milk my stomack hurts and my face gets covered in little red spots. (nothing I cannot live with though, but unpleasant enough to not want)

Also, the continous constipation of an entire life. That was shocking. I spent 27 years struggling with snots, sore throat and cough. While the solution was stop taking dairy product by the litre.

Then pregnancy came and I had massive yogurt cravings and surprise, surprise my bodies general reactions were not there. So I got told, it is because of the baby that I can temporarily better digest dairy, but if I eat too much I still get a stomach ache.

So after some research I broadened my diet with goat yogurt and goat cheese, that is something less industrialized, maybe. (I digest the yogurt better, though) We see what happens once baby is born.

What is in milk now and what was in milk 50 years ago?

‘Milk industry’ has industry in it, think about it. Growth hormones antibiotic or just the bad karma of tortured little cows. 50 years ago that cow might have been happily walking around a green field and your milk might have not been, pasteurised, depasteurised and repasteurised and all over again, depraved and added is original benefits.

Me and gluten

Gluten, oh gluten. The main, unacceptable paleo enemy…
Well, I have no celiac, so I absolutely can cheat that way.

But! Oh but! I happen to be an athlete (circus artist, whatever :P), so when it comes to performance and strenght I do feel the difference.

Gluten has the same modern disease as dairy.

It is OVERINDUSTRIALIZED.

Processed, reprocessed and requeteprocessed. Pesticized, imported, etc.

Me and legumes

Beans are a no way for me, yet lentils and chickpeas (hummus, yummy) are fine.

Adding baking soda to the soaking water (because you soak your ingredients yourself, right?) also helps take the gassing effect and the supposingly the toxic values of them, also make cooking a trillion times faster.

Then comes hormones and antiobiotics in meat, that are my current research…

So far as for baby health I am almost vegetarian, for meat I try to go with rabbit and horse mostly. ( I would say I eat meat twice a week, and twice a week seafood or fish, small fish)

Topic is endless surely ba back with more.

Just another paleo recipe ‘crazy cat lady’

Here I start as just another paleo fanatic crazy healthy bitch with her recipes…ha

Thing is.

The best part of the entire paleo diet is it’s bakery. The cakes the cookies, etc.

Many criticise the paleo, because of the amount of meat involved, but most people forget to underline how it’s sugar, milk and glutenfree bakery really rocks.

But! When I started my little paleo baking outings I fastly realized that most of the recipes require waaay too many not easily accessible ingredients. So to bake a paleo cake takes massive preparation.

Now, almost two years later I have a very well equipped paleo household, but I still struggle to have it ALL, that a paleo cake recipe might require…

Then there’s one thing that I was somehow able to inherit from my Mother, her creativity with recipes! Or you might as well can call it logical baking skills…

My thing:

Be creative

Be flexible

Eye measure

So here goes recipe no. 1.

Not strict paleo oat cookies

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250g of oat

0.5 litre of oatmilk (cuz soaking oats in ricemilk just seems awkward)

Berries of choice(smaller better) or whatever you wanna put in it

Chopped almonds, nuts, whatever once again

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 egg

Honey(1-2 tablespoon), or stevia (couple of drops), or agave syrup (not for the pregnant, as said by Dr. Google)

Bit of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Soak the oats, (I just put it in a tupper in the fridge the day before, but you can go for shorter soaking time)
Mix all together, melt the coconut oil before adding, because it can get chunky otherwise.
It should be runny like oatmeal.
Put down baking paper and 40 mins in the oven (180-200 degrees)
2-3 tablespoon of mass for one cookie for bigger cookies, 1 tablespoon for small cookies (30 min baking)

I like it not too dry so if you want your cookies really dry go for more baking time.

Dark chocolate chip and cocoa oat cookies

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Same ingredients, but instead of berries with approx 100-150g of chopped dark(70%) chocolate and 4 tablespoon of pure cocoa. I also added cinnamon to the mix. This has a less runny texture, as it has more powders in it.

1 tablespoon of mass per cookie.

30 min baking.

The taste is amazing, but if you are not a big fan of dark chocolate you might wanna add more sweetening too.