When we left Nueces County Park a few days ago, we hauled a bin full of dirty dishes out onto the beach. Each day I wash a few, many more are dirtied. I have resisted David's suggestions to buy paper plates and plastic forks. That's not green! Instead we have decided to phase out more of our cooked meals in lieu of more raw meals. We made a list of foods that do not need to be cooked, are nutritious, and may be easily transported and stored without refrigeration up to 3 days. So far, our list includes: bananas, avocadoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers, oranges, limes (for flavoring), grape tomatoes, apples and a variety of raw nuts. We also bought a giant watermelon which we will consume completely in one day. Without refrigeration, it will go rancid. Other processed, non-raw foods included in our diet (for the moment, anyway) are bread, crackers, fig bars and Laughing Cow cheese that must be refrigerated after opening. Like watermelon, we will need to consume the entire package of cheese in one day to avoid spoiling.
Streamlining our diet further means less waste, less manufactured food in our bodies, and lower cost overall. It also means more efficiency, more nutritious meals and more value for the foods we buy. Smoothies and juices -- previously the foundation of our diet -- will need to be reserved for camping in parks. While in primitive spots, like the beaches of Corpus Christi, we need portable and nutritious foods. I think my body knows I'm up to something, because somehow I've eaten most of the processed food we bought yesterday.
Today I have eaten 1/2 banana, about a cup of raw cashews, 1 avocado, 1/2 pint of grape tomatoes, 1/4 Sage's peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 1/4 cup raisins, and more Pringle's chips than I care to count. One cup of coffee (not raw.)