While reading on simplicity / minimalism / vegetarian / eco-friendly design / blah blah blah, I discovered Project 333.
Project 333 is pretty simple, in theory, but challenging at the beginning. However, when things are in place, it turns out to be a wonderful initiative.
Basically, this minimalist fashion challenge invites participants to dress with 33 items (or less) for 3 months. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes (and shoes!) as much as, well, most people who enjoy reading mom/style/design/fashion blogs but sometimes it is good to refocus your (my) priorities.
You should try...it is fun!
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There are a few rules:
When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of
the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that
you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and
workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: consider that you are creating a
wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember
that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or
are in poor condition, replace them.
A bubble probably went to my brain as I "suddenly" decided to become a (ovo-lacto) vegetarian.
It is actually Dan's fault ;) As requested (by me after I went to a vegan conference at our local library), he got me for Christmas the book Eating Animal by Jonathan Safran Foer. There is enough well documented information in that book to make you gag in the meat (eggs and dairy) alley at the grocery store.
Plus, to be honest, I needed a culinary challenge as my interest in the kitchen became pretty absent after I got pregnant.
So I researched, and I researched and I researched some more. And one week ago (January 5th), I took a note book and I started to write every portion that I ate during the day to make sure that I was doing this important transition properly.
I'm very (very) skinny...and I eat like a pig. As a joke, my coworkers think that I have tapeworms. In reality, I have a very (very) fast metabolism. If done correctly, a vegetarian diet can bring so much health benefits and since I don't particularly appreciate meat it is really not a big deal for me. The only problem is that I can't lose weight. So I have to be extra careful as I don't want to end up at the hospital.
After a week, so far so good. Actually, so far so I love it!
1) My cooking mojo is back (even if it is a bit overwhelming)
2) Cutting meat is not difficult - cutting cow dairy last year was a bitch
3) Vegetarian food tastes super good (well, if you are into beans/nut/seeds/etc.)
4) I still eat like a pig but it is now part of a balanced diet
5) No headache, no tiredness, no dizziness (so probably no weight lost)
6) Dan and Alice are totally on board (Alice still eat meat at daycare)
7) Alice has a nasty cold and I didn't get it (yet)...immune system booster!?!
8) And I almost don't fart anymore - this was actually very upsetting!
So, maybe I will write about my new journey on my blog...or maybe not. However, if any of you have blogs - cookbooks - tips - recipes suggestions, you are more than welcome to leave a little comment.