Some of the activities in this diet come very naturally, as they are already part of our life, some of the things I have tried are hard to sustain, and others are just not practical. It is probably the things that are not practical that yield the greatest benefits.
The one thing I tried which is not as easy to sustain as I thought it might be was taking the bus. While I found the bus to be very relaxing and it allowed me to work through my e-mail list, I just don’t like the schedule it forces on me. We have a lot going on in the morning to get all the kids up, fed and off to school. When I felt pressured to get to the bus stop it made my morning feel even more rushed.
It is also not a good place to talk on the phone like I can in the car, hands-free of course. While sitting in traffic is a royal pain and waste of energy, it is a great place to catch up with people on projects. My offset is riding my bike. Now that spring is coming and daylight saving time is here, it will happen a couple of times per week. It is easier for me to check out during a bike ride, because you have no choice.
Around the house, things like hanging laundry are not very practical either. The inside of our house is simply not big enough to have clothes strung all over, and the proximity of our houses to one another might result in a pair of undies in our neighbor’s yard with one gust of wind. Composting is an area we have talked a lot about and have not yet done it, because it is another thing to keep up with.
The other area listed in the waste section is eliminating the advertising email. If you know a place where I can opt out of the 50 catalogs we get a month, please let me know. This is the biggest joke. It seems like a crime brands can send so garbage in the mail. Our mailbox is in a central area with our neighbors and the community association removed the trashcans next to the mailbox because people would simply dump all of these catalogs and flyers in it.
In the end what I found most difficult on some items is simply changing our mental state and not using excuses as to why it’s not possible. So next we will try composting and I will add a bus ride a couple of times a month and try not to be that loud guy on the phone.