How Can I Keep My Food Good for Longer?

Throwing away food feels just like throwing away money— having your groceries go bad so soon after buying them is frustrating to say the least! How can you prevent your good food from going bad for as long as possible? Here are a few tips that may extend your groceries’ lifespan significantly.

Follow Storage Instructions

Any food item comes with ideal circumstances for storage. While you may think you know where foods should go, take the time to learn exactly where each food item has the best chances of “survival”. For example, some fruits and vegetables will last longer unrefrigerated, like tomatoes, bananas, herbs, melons, and squash. Know what foods need to be kept out of moist areas (like mushrooms or grains), and what foods benefit from hydration (like carrots or celery). Pay attention to labels on packaged foods, and research the unpackaged foods to ensure you are storing them properly.

Process It

Consider processing your foods to give them a much longer lifespan! According to Vacuum Sealers Unlimited, using a method like dehydrating, vacuum sealing, or freeze drying will extend the shelf-life. These methods maintain many of the nutrients and much of the flavor of the produce you love, allowing you to use it for months to come without worrying about rot or expiration. If the food item is not able to be processed, then consider freezing it! Most foods can last almost half a year without acquiring freezer burn, which damages the taste and texture of those foods and exposes them to potentially harmful chemicals from your freezer. Plus, frozen foods retain 100% of the nutrients they contain at the moment of freezing.  

Buy the Right Foods

Be aware of the freshness of your groceries when you buy them. You can’t blame food for rotting when they were on the verge of doing so even in the store! Prevent waste by meal planning and only buying the produce necessary for those plans. Or, implement a process of cycling through your food to make sure that you’re using your oldest things first—this applies to packaged foods as well as produce. And Then We Saved recommends looking at expiration dates before you buy, and (as much as possible) buying products with a naturally long shelf life like pasta, potatoes, dried meats, canned foods or honey.

Each of these things will help you reduce or even eliminate the frustrating waste that you may have from old and rotten food. Try one or try all and enjoy your fresh food, all the time!

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and the Tiktoks continue!

Yeah Yeah, I know.. What is he doing on TikTok? Well, it’s a great pastime, gives me a mental break and in the process, I have met some great folks. For instance the @FoodTokTV collaborative  I posted about earlier. These are all new people making my day brighter.

Other than that it’s business as usual. got to do a second guest spot on the podcast for the HPP Journal which was a lot of fun. That went live this week. Next week, I head back to Ptown for a spell to work on a project and enjoy some fall weather.


Got the house decorated for  Fall and Halloween ( yup.. early I know…. but what the hell)

Oh those Friday nights

It’s been a really busy few weeks and before I knew it it was Friday again and I had forgotten to post this!

So with my regular work being busy, and then having a great opportunity to jump on an Amazon live with one of my favorite TikTok food personalities, CookitErica for first Amazon Live (Erica goes live weekly by the way). You can get the details here for Erica’s Amazon space or follow her amazing Tiktoks as CookItErica

It was equally fun to get invited after for a zoom debrief call with Erica and some great new creator pals, Caz and Katie, and next thing you know it was 6 PM.

So what to come up with when you haven’t gone to the grocery store well last Friday night  I went with pasta

The full recipe is posted on the Pepper App, but essentially this was what I had in the refrigerator sauteed up until warm and tossed with pasta.

Last night I did a similar mash-up; but used all the grilled flank steak from the night before, along with the roasted veggies, and added some broccoli to make a loosely inspired Beef & Broccoli dish with a soy, ginger, and brown sugar sauce. 

 

@frank_mentorsf

When everyone is hungry, but no time to shop. Get creative with leftovers. Dice and saute them up, make a quick sauce and dinner! #leftover #notime

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Stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves.

These days to stay successful requires the ability to stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves. Sometimes it means trying something new or even putting ourselves in different environments. For me, I started to say yes to more guest invitations on podcasts, even those outside my traditional genre. It not only exposes me to new ideas and audiences. I generally walk away inspired by the process of the conversation and with a germ of a nugget of a new idea to explore.

This is a recent guest spot on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

 

My month for guest podcasts!

First I guested with the great group from The Bear Element Podcast on Youtube
🐻 EP 56 | Delta “V” and Men’s Health! | Guest: Frank Strona! 


Then this week I was just a guest on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

How to Listen to Your Body as You Eat

Many people find that they overeat in certain situations, and are trying to move away from those bad habits. Whether you find yourself overeating on vacation, when you’re alone at home, or when you’re eating out, it is important to know how to take better care of your body. Here are a few ways to know how to listen to your body as you eat so you don’t do damage to your health by overeating.

 

Eat Until You’re Full

Overeating is something that happens really easily if you’re really hungry or rushed. If you are eating a big meal after being very hungry or in a limited amount of time, try not to listen to your body. As you are eating, try to pay attention to how you are feeling. If you start to feel satisfied and the impulse to eat more starts to diminish, you’re probably getting close to being full. Don’t rush ahead and stuff yourself with as much food as possible as fast as you can because that will result in feeling overfull. Slow down and pay attention to how your body feels. According to Alissa Rumsey, you’ll then feel comfortably full and satisfied at the end of your meal.

 

Avoid Foods That Don’t Agree with You

It is natural for different people to have certain foods that don’t agree with them, making them feel bloated or causing heartburn or stomach aches. For example, according to Granite Peaks Gastroenterology, some spicy and acidic foods can cause heartburn. Citric fruits and sour or bitter drinks might also have a similar effect. It is important to listen to your body when trying different foods so you can identify which foods may cause you any discomfort.

 

Designate Meals

If you’re really busy and often eating on the go, your body might not actually register that you’ve eaten a real meal. For example, if you’re eating a bagel as you drive to work for breakfast, or chowing down on chips for lunch while working on the computer, your body will likely not treat that consumption of food as a meal. According to Elise Museles, it is important to actually sit down with a plate and take the time to eat your food like a meal, even if you only have ten minutes to do so. This will allow your body to recognize the food as a designated meal and to be more satisfied and nourished once you’ve finished.

 

As you are learning to take better care of your body by listening to it as you eat, be patient with yourself. It will be a process to learn how to take care of yourself, and you’ll likely still have days where you feel bloated and overfull. If you keep putting forth effort and paying attention to how you feel when you eat, you’ll figure out an eating system of foods and meal times that will help you feel the best.


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How to Fit Healthy Eating Into Your Busy Schedule

How to Fit Healthy Eating Into Your Busy Schedule

Eating healthy can seem like an uphill battle. Whether you feel like you are constantly battling stress that pushes you to eat unhealthily or whether you struggle with the motivation to actually take the time to make healthy food, thinking about some of these ideas can get you started. But be sure to take the time to really self-analyze so you figure out what your main struggles are and what you really should be focusing on.

Prepare Simple, Healthy Snacks

Whether you are working a typical 9–5 or are staying at home taking care of the kids, life gets busy quickly and it can be easy to unexpectedly miss meals. According to Kayla Itsines, having healthy snacks on hand will help you cope with hunger throughout the day.

Additionally, as you are feeling increased stress, having healthy snacks on hand will help you turn to something other than unhealthy food if you have been conditioned to turn to food when you are feeling not as great.

Set Aside Days to Cook

Setting time aside to prepare your healthy meals will make a big difference in your long-term success. Simply put, eating healthy often requires more work than eating out or eating unhealthily.

Figuring out the best approach to meal prepping varies by person. Some people prefer to simply chop vegetables so they’re ready to be added to different meals when the time comes. Others may prefer simply freezing fully cooked food for later.

Regardless of the method you prefer, think about vacuum sealing some of your food. According to Vacuum Sealers Unlimited, you can store everything from fruits and vegetables to bulk foods in a vacuum-sealed bag. This will help preserve their freshness longer and will save space in your fridge.

Plan Your Meals

According to Super Healthy Kids, another important aspect of enabling yourself to eat healthily is planning your meals for every day of the week. Figuring out the best way to do this differs from person to person, but the principle is the same—when you know what you’re going to eat, you’ll be less likely to give in to cravings.

Try meal prepping a few different main courses over the weekend. Then at the beginning of each day, decide which ones you are going to have for the day.

Taking some of these steps will be instrumental in your journey towards more healthy eating. Of all things to really focus on, focus on preparation. Healthy eating isn’t something that happens accidentally, it takes planning. But when that planning is done well, you will set yourself up for success.

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Another Wed treat day…

Someone asked for keto friendly and full sugar treats for a “thing” Wed.

My goto Lemon Bliss cake (waiting patiently for it’s final glaze) should fit for the sugar group.

The two keto friendly cookies should cover the rest. One laced with orange for a added freshness.

Another one for my “Dorian Gray Collection” here at home. ❤️❤️

One of my favorite things to be gifted with personally creative expressions from friends.

I am not talking “art” in the sense that it has to perfectly executed (although thats never a bad thing to get either and I have many professional artist friends whose work I love 😉).

But rather, art that reflects the creators unique imagination, personality, growth, spirit, feelings and emerging style. I have kept all of them over the last 30 years and always smile when each new one arrives.

Keep in mind, I define art widely, as any expressive form someone puts energy into. From handmade holiday and bday cards to sketches, music “tapes”, movies, jewelry and paintings etc.

This week, just when I needed a smile during a rough one , Mike sent me this sketch. Which is framed and up already!

Thank you Mike for thinking of me! Another one for my “Dorian Gray Collection” here at home. ❤️❤️