During the first trimester of pregnancy, your body does a lot of weird things and your stomach and taste buds start to betray you.
For a handful of weeks, I barely wanted to eat anything. Everything was just so unappealing.
With my ever-changing palette, I had to come to terms with something that I do my very best to avoid in my non-pregnant life: wasting food.
Many times I would try to eat some of the lovely home-cooked meals my husband made for me and many times I would poke at it with my fork and end up eating a bowl of Cheerios instead.
I would often be over-zealous and prepare more food than my stomach could manage, leaving a lot left behind. Our compost service benefited the most in the first couple of months.
While I felt pretty guilty that I couldn’t always eat what was put in front of me, I had to learn to accept that this was going to happen. With my hormones all over the map, I couldn’t really control what I wanted to eat one day and not the next.
Luckily, I am now in the second trimester and my appetite has vastly improved. I can eat vegetables again! A miracle!
It has been my first full year of composting, or really, my first full year of saving food scraps and keeping them in a bucket on my fire escape until it gets picked up to be made into compost.
Each month before I set my bucket out on the front step, I used my hanging scale to weigh it, diligently tracking my results in a spreadsheet.
And now, here we are, twelve months later, and we have successfully diverted a total of 215 pounds (plus some here or there) from the landfill!
It is pretty impressive and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment!
Here’s the month by month breakdown of our food waste poundage.
- January 15.5 lbs
- February 17.22 lbs
- March 12 lbs
- April 18.71 lbs
- May 8.8 lbs
- June 20.44 lbs
- July 22.84 lbs
- August 25.4 lbs
- September 19.74 lbs
- October 21.61 lbs
- November 18.5 lbs
- December 14.58 lbs
That’s 287 pounds of organic matter going back into our soil and helping plants thrive. Wahoo!
It’s Compost Awareness Week!
Even though I have been collecting my food scraps for compost collection for over a year now, I only started weighing our compost bucket last August.
I keep a little spreadsheet with the totals from each month.
- August 11.22 lb
- September 5.88 lb
- October 7.04 lb
- November 15.74 lb (house plant and outdoor plant)
- December 11.48 lb (Not including our Halloween pumpkin)
- January 10.38 lb
- February 15.5 lb (dead house plant, RIP)
- March 17.22 lb (chicken carcass, cleaned out the fridge)
- April 12 lb
- May 18.74 lb
- TOTAL TO DATE = 125.2 POUNDS
While the numbers have fluctuated and have been going up, I have been bothered about whether or not that is a good thing.
Having a heavy compost bucket means we have a lot of food scraps and that can mean one of two things:
1. We are finally figuring out what can be composted and just collecting more of it
2. We are just wasting a lot of food
So which one is it? What do you think?