Have you heard about The Kin Project?
I stumbled upon it last week and was so excited by it that I immediately signed up, and invited several friends to as well.
I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until everyone knows about it. Why? Because it’s a simple idea that everyone can work into their life.
Do you have aspirations of being a better person? Eating well, recycling, volunteering, being kinder, sharing, giving back and doing more. Do you look at all the things you’d like to do, feel overwhelmed, and then return to what you know?
We all do it. With so many choices and opinions out there, we get decision fatigue and revert to our usual habits.
I also blame the media, labels and snobbery for this too. You can do something without having to be something. Stuff the hierarchy between vegans, vegetarians, paleo eaters, flexitarians, pescetarians, sometimesetarians, and the numerous other labels for people’s diet choices. If you are proactively doing something to make a better World, that’s worth celebrating, regardless of the sacrifice. (I’ve used this specific diet example, but it applies to all lifestyle choices.)
People rarely make snap decisions over night towards big changes. If they are taking steps in that direction, it should be supported and applauded. I’m a firm believer that small steps are better than none, and those steps often turn into strides eventually.
The philosophy behind The Kin Project marries well with these beliefs. One small change every week to gradually help us create better habits. One change. One week. That’s manageable, right?
This week marks their first week and the first challenge – Eat Less Face. We were notified on Thursday and the challenge commenced on Monday (lasting until Sunday). This Thursday we will be notified of the next challenge – so go sign up now so you can be part of it!
I have repeatedly found myself saying I should cook more vegetarian meals, for both health and environmental reasons. As The Kin Project founder Marie Bateson shared
“It’s really easy in today’s world of convenience to get distanced from the consequences of our actions. We run on autopilot a lot of the time, rarely thinking about why we’re doing what we’re doing. We just know that we’ve always done it this way so we’ll keep on doing it this way – which is kind of terrifying when you think about it… which we don’t.”
This is the perfect challenge to start with, as I absolutely love experimenting in the kitchen. I enthusiastically meal planned for the week ahead. As someone who already eats gluten and dairy free, my usual go-to is fish or meat with salads this time of year – so I looked for inspiration in my favourite recipe books. It’s also important to me that I cook meals the whole family can enjoy.
Monday I whipped up some fresh pesto with corn pasta, Tuesday we had gigantes (baked beans), today we had farinata with green bean, garlic and tomato salad and I’m now looking up different veggie burger recipes for Thursday. (Suggestions welcome!)
I’ll be sharing more on my “Eat Less Face” experience at the end of this week, alongside some recipe suggestions for anyone who would like to give it a go too.
So what are you waiting for? I hope to find you on this journey with me too!
Love P x