Just one thing

Reach for a changeTo steal a concept and cool catchphrase from Mia, I’m naming my series on switching to healthier, more eco-friendly eating “Just One Thing.” And ok, ok, there will be a series, so it won’t *actually* be just one…but just one per post. One idea that you can adopt, incorporate into your routine, and feel good about. You can read back through the series later, or wait for further inspiration to come along, or just keep doing your one thing until you feel ready for more. There’s always more each of us could do, and at some point, we need to decide enough’s enough…and each person gets to decide that point for herself.

So, today’s One Thing: Pick one food item that you eat regularly and switch to a better variety. “Better” could mean organic, local, humanely raised, made with fewer chemical ingredients, less processed, in-season only, or some other criteria that makes sense to you.

Picking just one of the following will help create a more sustainable food system:

  • Organic dairy
  • Locally-made bread – Aunt Millie’s is made locally in Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana and Ohio, has no high-fructose corn syrup, and has organic varieties
  • Non-factory-farmed meat
  • Go organic with your favorite vegetable – fresh or frozen
  • Stop eating fresh tomatoes in winter


  1. onestraw said,

    January 13, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Another addition to your list that we use is “Find one thing you buy processed, and learn to cook it yourself” Soup, bread, oatmeal, are all great options that turned out to be easier to do than I had thought.

  2. espringf said,

    January 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Excellent suggestion, Rob! What’s your favorite soup recipe?

  3. Starr said,

    January 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Can you number these as you post them, that way if I miss one I will know?

  4. espringf said,

    January 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Starr…I don’t think I’m that organized!! But I will tag all of these with “Just One Thing,” so you can click the tag link (at the top) and see all of them at once. Okay?

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