Sustainable Living

I believe we can all lead real, abundant, sustainable and joyful lives that are in harmony with nature.

Together, we can become more aware of our habits that create waste and consumption, and create change. Small steps, sustainable swaps, intentional choices, all can have a big impact on our collective well-being.

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How to Shop Your Pantry on CHCH Morning Live

Watch: CHCH Morning Live – How to Shop Your Pantry to Reduce Food Waste Do you ever buy groceries only to realize you already have some of those food items in your pantry at home? One of the recipes that Chhitwal-Varma shared was a turmeric mac and cheese topped with crunchy oats. What I do […]

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Fighting Food Waste and Having Impact

Fighting Food Waste & Having Impact In 2020, Puneeta released the How to SHOP YOUR PANTRY digital guide. What started out as a simple pantry challenge during the early months of the pandemic rapidly became a 48-page collection of pantry-forward recipes and tips designed to help people nourish their families and reduce food waste. Through […]

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Natural Cleaning Solutions

Homemade and All-Natural Cleaning solutions Hate spring cleaning? These all natural and homemade cleaning solutions will simplify your life. And give you that fresh new feeling.  Spring is my favourite time of the year (followed closely by Fall but we’ll get to that in a few months). A fresh start, a new beginning, and of […]

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5 Kitchen Hacks to Feed Your Garden

Many of us are growing our own vegetables this summer, right? Here are 5 hacks that we can use to feed our vegetable garden right from our kitchen. Plants need soil, water and sunlight to grow. They also need decomposing organic matter to thrive. We often think that’s compost and complicated, and it needs to […]

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7 Simple, Sustainable, Healthy Food Swaps

Recently I have spent a lot of time thinking about good food. We have high expectations of what we eat. It should be tasty, fill our bellies, feel good, get rid of that lingering cold and more. We want our food to do a lot for us. But good food doesn’t just stop at flavour […]

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What if the climate crisis were our biggest opportunity?

First, there was the walrus falling off the cliff. Then came the burning bushfires, and then we were told that microplastics have polluted the oceans and soil, even the food we eat. Tiny, invisible bits of plastic have been found in the fruits and veggies that we eat and feed our children every day. Our […]

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9 Earth-Savvy Kitchen Swaps

Use This Not That Series: sustainable kitchen swaps to reduce waste at home A worldwide, mountain of research tells us that our waste and consumption patterns need to drastically change if our children and grandchildren are to lead a sustainable and healthy life. This was the reason I started @NourishbyNumbers – a movement to help […]

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Sustainable and EASY Tips to Pack A School Lunch

Packing school lunches during back to school can be overwhelming for kids and parents. New routines, early wakeups and everything else that is going on all at the same time can make school lunches feel like one more item to check off on an already long list. Adding environment-friendly options to that list? That seems […]

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#3 of #1000WaystoNourish: Takeout without Waste

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE NEW NOURISH BY NUMBERS WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN FOLLOW THE #1000WAYSTONOURISH. Welcome to NourishbyNumbers, a social initiative from the trenches. This post is #3 in the series of #1000WaystoNourish. Real actions that we can take in our daily lives to change the way we raise, grow, consume and talk about food. […]

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2019 Food Trends Worth Your Time

Every year around this time my newsfeed is inundated with articles on what is trendy and “in”. I write about food, so of course, I read about food all the time – I also think, breathe and eat food but that’s a topic for another post. Big 6 2019 Food Trends It’s a brand new […]

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Do you want a revolution?

2018 has been a mammoth rollercoaster of a year, with high ups and very low downs. I remember last year at this time, I was filled with optimism for what I thought was going to be a vibrant 2018. It didn’t quite turn out the way I expected. The rollercoaster started with an unexpected low, […]

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What You need to Know Before You Go Grocery Shopping

Over the years grocery shopping has become complicated, and it doesn’t have to be. The lists and planning, add to that the latest diet fads and the constant advice of “eat this, not that, and definitely not that,” and we can end up feeling overwhelmed right there in the produce aisle. Here are a few […]

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