How We Minimize Food Waste

One January morning as I returned from my 6am grocery story run, Mr. BMM announced a great idea. He kindly and lovingly suggested that we both try the Vertical Diet. When I say kindly and lovingly, Mr. BMM saw this new diet as an easier way to meal prep since we would both be eating the same thing and it wasn’t too far off from my current diet.

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After I got past the “and you didn’t tell me this before I went grocery shopping” and “you expect me to read a 272 page PDF and learn all about this diet that YOU want to do”, I got to thinking that he was on to something. Enter the Vertical Diet by Stan Efferding!

By following this simple and nutritious diet we have been able to eliminate practically all food waste. In fact, we only have to put trash out once every other week. We cook exactly what we need to fulfill out Vertical Diet meal plan. I only buy exactly what we need. We purchase in bulk for these items as often as possible.

Are we tired of eating the same meals? Not really. We are seeing the results that we have always dreamed of having. Mr. BMM is losing fat but not strength in the gym. My digestive system is working very well. I feel full and have more energy. While I am a strong supporter of the Vertical Diet, I do believe the we all should meal plan, meal prep, and buy only what we need in order to avoid food waste.

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30–40 percent of the food supply. This figure, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. Wasted food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills and represents nourishment that could have helped feed families in need. Additionally, water, energy, and labor used to produce wasted food could have been employed for other purposes. Effectively reducing food waste will require cooperation among federal, state, tribal and local governments, faith-based institutions, environmental organizations, communities, and the entire supply chain.

United States Food and Drug Administration

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