Relearn how to eat well and go to zero waste
Re-learning to eat well and go to zero waste are two topics that fascinate Lisa, aka Zouatable.
We often hear about food scandals in the media and it's hard to know what's on our plates. Consumption of industrial products not only impact the body and morale, but what about all remaining waste, once after eating?
In recent years, the French population has begun to ask themselves questions that are essential not only for their health, but also for that of our environment.
Relearning to eat well has become a priority: the French consume more and more fruits and vegetables, they go to local farmers and the concept of zero waste gradually begins to grow. This consists mainly in reducing plastic waste but also to consume in an intelligent way to preserve our beautiful planet.
Yogis on Roadtrip decided to ask Lisa questions to better understand these topics and get some tips and tricks.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle: relearn to eat well
Nobody asks you to be perfect and not to produce any waste ... just do your best!
1. Can you introduce yourself quickly?
My name is Lisa, I am 25 years old. I live in Belgium near Mons, I am a law student and I created the blog Zouatable.
My blog has evolved enormously since its inception; a few years ago you only found my recipes and the good addresses of the region. Now there is much more than that! I am now also talking about ethical businesses, zero waste and minimalism.
2. You seem to be passionate about everything related to a healthy and ethical way of life, can you tell us more about it? On your blog, you talk a lot about healthy eating, how did you discover that? What was the trigger ?
Three years ago, following the rupture of aneurism of a person who is close to me, I decided to change the way of life and relearn to eat well. My blog reflects these changes. I have reviewed my diet and consumption for something healthier and more respectful of the environment.
I think one does not go without the other. Indeed, how to have a healthy body if this body lives in a place where it is constantly assaulted?
My slogans? Local, seasonal, organic, artisanal and zero waste! Finished for me supermarkets.
But all these changes of habits and diet did not make sense for my health if I did not play sports. So I started running, running, cycling and swimming hoping to do some triathlon.
I am also passionate about mountains and oceans; I practice kitesurfing, snowboarding, hiking and yoga.
Result of my efforts? An irreproachable blood test, a better physical condition and a weight loss of more than 20kg. Even though it was not my main goal.
Here is a picture of me 3 years ago, before I change my diet and I start the sport:
I want to clarify that I have no training as a nutritionist or others. I have documented a lot. Indeed, being a lawyer, I know how to document myself conscientiously and I know how to check my sources. I also got in touch with a lot of food professionals to better understand how my body works.
3. You propose many healthy recipes on your blog, do you do them yourself?
Absolutely, my recipes are all written by me, I invent them according to my inspiration of the moment. They are all accessible and perfect for those who want to relearn how to eat well and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
4. What are for you the main points of a healthy and balanced diet?
A healthy and balanced diet is for me a varied diet! I am convinced that we must eat EVERYTHING! The only thing I avoid (which I even try to ban from my diet) are ultra processed industrial products. There are plenty of chemical components in it and I advocate the natural.
I do not have any problem to please myself and to eat a giant giant cookie with ice cream. But I do it myself and I control the quality of the ingredients that compose it.
If I had to recommend food for someone who wants to relearn how to eat well, I would obviously recommend green vegetables, but also legumes and seeds! These are products with real nutritional values. You can not be wrong.
5. Consume better, is it more expensive?
ABSOLUTELY NOT ! I think it's an idea. Having a healthy and balanced diet is not more expensive. Do it yourself, you'll see!
6. Do you think it is always worthwhile to promote organic? Why ?
No, I am even against the bio-industrial. That is the "bio" that is wrapped in plastic and comes from the other side of the world. It loses its meaning to me.
The definition of "organic in the strict sense", these are products that have been grown without pesticides ... but I am for a broader definition of organic, which is logical. It's a saying organic, local, seasonal, without packaging, with or without label ...
7. What would you say to someone who wants to change their diet for a healthy lifestyle?
Go ahead ! You will never regret it. This lifestyle change has brought me a lot and I'm sure it can bring you as much as me. Relearning how to eat well is not as complicated as one might think.
8. What tips and tricks would you give him?
Step by step, one step at a time. Do not change all of a sudden at the risk of making your life a nightmare and discouraging you after 3 months.
Change things as you go along, little by little, so that each change becomes an anchored habit that no longer requires effort.
Be patient and tolerant with yourself, do not judge yourself at the slightest gap ... wanting to improve is already very good.
9. You talk a lot about ethical consumption, zero waste etc. Can you explain what it is?
Zero Waste is an approach aimed at minimizing our waste production. It is a question of reconsidering its mode of consumption in order to produce less waste at the source, and not simply to better integrate recycling into our way of life. For me, ethical consumption means less consumption but also better consumption. Take for example the case of disposable cleansing wipes. These wipes are not reusable or recyclable. I therefore recommend using reusable wipes, the same for washable sanitary napkins.
At home, we try to have the most neutral ecological impact possible. We try to reduce our waste such as reducing plastic waste (but not only) and buying only from small producers ...
I try to consume as ethical as possible. I'm not perfect, for example I'm not a vegetarian when I know that the meat industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world and that the animal suffering that comes out is atrocious ...
I try to make efforts on this point and no longer eat meat at home, but only at the restaurant. Once again, little by little. It's been 2 years that I do not eat any more "baby animals" because it really went against my principles.
10. Why go to zero waste? What motivated you?
It fell on me, overnight. I think unconsciously I thought about it and it became obvious. Today, I will not be able to do otherwise!
My motivation ? Nature's beauty !
11. How did you start to reduce plastic waste?
I started to discover zero waste when a bulk store opened in my area. So I stopped shopping in supermarkets and started going to small merchants with my containers.
12. According to you, what are the individual actions that can be taken to get to zero waste?
I think there are plenty of small things in everyday life that can be done to reduce waste.
For example, you can refuse ads in your mailbox, no longer buy bottled water, do your shopping by bringing your own containers, go to farmers and local markets rather than supermarket, recycle etc.
It's really accessible to everyone.
13. What is the biggest cliché you hear about zero waste?
Ouuuhh! There are plenty of them: "We must have only this to do", "I have no time", "It will not change anything to make all his efforts" "And you? Do not you have a trash? Yes ! Ah bha then you're not zero waste. "It's not a little dirty? ".
There are a lot of misconceptions about zero waste and unfortunately we do not hear about it often enough.
14. Do you have tips and tricks for those who want to start zero waste?
Always and again: little by little. Do not change suddenly, small gesture by small gesture until it is anchored in your habits.
Nobody asks you to be perfect and not to produce any waste ... just do your best!