Having written before about low waste and zero waste here I figured it was a good idea to get back to basics. Part of a low waste lifestyle is following the Five Rs and having a couple of low waste hacks with you. Leading a low waste and sustainable life style does require some planning and life changes but it is attainable….
Zero waste is, in some circles, such a hot topic and rightly so. Going zero waste is good for the planet, your bank balance and also your sanity. There is one problem with it though; can we really be 100% fully zero waste? I really enjoy reading about other zero wasters, watching their youtube videos and in general discovering this life style for myself but sometimes I feel discouraged. Why I am not the perfect zero waster? Am I not zero waste enough? Why are my cupboards not filled with lovely mason jars?
Ps. you can skip to the bottom of the post to see the video 😉
Dubai and saving money/being mindful about your money often do not end up in the same paragraph though isn’t that why many people come here? I recoginise that one should also enjoy life but you should also introduce some mindfulness. We are in Dubai after all.
Short answer? No! Not at all. Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle can be as “cheap” and as expensive as you want to make it. Today I did my weekly shop and it came out to AED92. If you don’t live in the UAE that comes out to USD25, Euro20 or British Pounds19 for my weekly shop.
Obviously my diet is very heavy on fruit and vegetables and I rarely purchase meat so this does keep my grocery bill down. Note: My main source of animal protein comes from eggs and fish.
In this video I go through my weekly shop, how much everything costs, what I will use it for as well as what my staples at home are (yes I included tea as a staple …don’t judge!). I also give you some tips on grocery shopping with a healthy mindset as well as where you can get deals on health foods in the UAE (pssss. yes that means Organic Foods & Cafe has designated sale days).
Let me know if you have any questions and even suggestions.
Eat well, be well, be happy.
The vegan brunch at Organic Foods & Cafe was fantastic and I am saying this as someone who is not a massive bruncher. I manage about 1 brunch every 1.5 years. So not very Dubai. The vegan brunch is the trifecta of absolutely fantastic value, dishes and beverages. The salads were fresh and varied and the hot dishes were a nice mix of east and west. As for desserts you had a choice of naughty treats and the healthier chia seed pudding and fresh fruits.
A Dubai institution since 2001; The Lime Tree Cafe has three locations in Dubai. I use to only visit their Jumeirah location (which has lovely outdoor seating) but this morning I needed a coffee boost so I headed to Al Quoz. The vibe is similar to Jumeirah. Large vitrines show case their amazing fresh food selection, black boards with breakfast menu items listed and of course their massive drinks selection make for a rather pleasing little place; some people would even end that sentence with a #foodporn.
I love the idea of zero waste, sustainable and green living but implementing these practices in Dubai is sometimes easier said than done. So, in my own little way, I have been making changes to my own lifestyle and habits. Previously I had written about shopping from a sustainable perspective and now we are on to eating. Under eating I have included cooking, ordering food and eating out .
Let’s talk about the kitchen:
Did you know that food waste in the UAE is about 35% and even more over Ramadan? Eeep! So what can you do?
I love the idea of zero waste, sustainable and green living but implementing these practices in Dubai is sometimes easier said than done. So, in my own little way, I have been making changes to my own lifestyle and habits.
At first glance being sustainable in Dubai is not possible. We don’t have proper recycling pick up, no place to bring your PET bottles, and everything is only reachable by car. Right? Wrong … to a point. You also need to look at what you as a consumer are doing.
Let’s talk about shopping:
When I mean shopping I include both clothing and grocery shopping. Here are my tips:
I am a major fan of Under500 and their phrase, “Great taste. No guilt.”, is so true. Their menu is diverse but grounded in one simple principle, eat healthy. There are options for the carnivores and the herbivores amoung us so everyone will be able to eat something AND still be delighted by their choice.
The latest thing I have tried at Under500 was their Ahi Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-kay … like okay with a p) Bowl which was a revelation and now I not only want to try the other two poke bowls they offer but also try other Dubai based poke bowls. Heck, I might even travel to Abu Dhabi for a poke bowl. Yes, they are that good.