Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: 3 Little Lifehacks

My lifehacks, the tweaks that better my daily existence, are so tiny that they don't merit a blog post each, but perhaps clustered they will gain gravitas and perhaps spur you to create your own lifehack.

1. Desk Tea Composting

I drink copious amounts of green tea every day, and I started to feel guilty about how many tea bags I was tossing into the one small bin I have in my office.  So I found a plastic veggie container and now I separate my tea bags and compost them later.

2. Personal Menu

"What should I have for lunch?" Hmmm, I don't know.

Once I get past a certain low point in blood sugar, I just cannot fathom what there is to eat for lunch except for my favorite go-to, Ritz / Salticrax crackers.  But those are *not* on my list of foods that are good for me (I'm following the Blood Type O diet).

I wrote up a Menu of good-food combinations that I enjoy eating.  Now I scroll through that and choose.  Somehow choosing from a list is a LOT easier than coming up with an idea from scratch.

What's on my menu?

Oat Walnut Flax bars
Tuna Mayo with Nori
Avocado
Meatballs
Bobotie (South African meatloaf)
Steak
Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps
Fried Hake
Pesto & Rice
Seared Salmon on Greens
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Rocket (Arugula) and Carrot Salad
Waldorf Salad
Hamburger
Peas & Rice
Roasted Pumpkin, Squash, and Carrots
Stir-Fried Greens with Garlic
Sliced Beets, Smoked Snoek (fish) Pate with Rice Cakes
Celery Sticks with Walnut Butter
Omelet

3. Use Shwe-Shwe Instead of Wrapping Paper

Shwe-Shwe is an African print polycotton fabric that is widely available but mainly used for women's clothing.  I like to use it for everything.

I figured out that fabric is less expensive than wrapping paper for Christmas or birthday presents.  And, the giftee could use it again for something else.  At Hermann's family Christmas celebrations, I make the relatives give the fabric back to me so I can use it year after year!



Those are my three lifehacks for today.  Please point me to some of yours!

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