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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Paula Rigoli

Earthforce

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 328 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    92
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    8.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    20
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning

Paula's Actions

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 40 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 60 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 4 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Paula Rigoli 10/03/2018 10:19 AM
    I don't think I was addicted to sugar, but I didn't really pay attention to how much I was consuming with processed foods. Since I've started carefully reading labels and avoiding any foods that are highly processed, I feel so much better. I find my energy levels to be stable throughout the day, I feel less blood sugar spikes, and I'm able to complete a morning run with about as much as the same energy level as an evening run.
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How can we start shifting from a meat-focused food culture to a more plant-based one?

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    Paula Rigoli 10/03/2018 10:12 AM
    I think a confluence of factors have lead to increased meat consumption. First, I think it's a product of industry advertising and misinformation that encourages people to eat meat. North American's have a mental model that animal protein is a superior protein. It's also become very cheap and easy to obtain, and the average American doesn't really see the cost or impact of consuming meat.

    Shifting from a meat-focused food culture to a plant-based one will require some community building and advocacy. I'm optimistic to see people like Beyonce and Jay-Z advocating for a plant-based vegan diet. I think the more people commit to it and live their values, then other people will see it's a viable way to live and we can hopefully start to gain some critical mass to tip North America from a meat-based food culture to a plant-based one.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Paula Rigoli 10/03/2018 9:59 AM
    Save for a trip to Greece!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Paula Rigoli 10/03/2018 9:57 AM
    I canned tomatoes and raspberries. I'd also like to can soups and pickles to enjoy during the winter.