My patients are finishing their last week of the Standard Process Purification Program.  I’m amazed at the transformation in just a few weeks.  It brings such joy to my heart to hear them talk amongst themselves before we start class, sharing recipes, ideas and “Ah ha” moments.  Watching the light bulb begin to illuminate a new pathway of wellness is one of the most satisfying elements of my practice.  Not only for the participants to make the one degree of change in the way that they feed their bodies, but the way they are also feeding their soul.  It is not just about detoxing the liver or losing weight, but watching them take control of how they nourish their body and feed their soul.  I always feel a bit of spiritual energy increase each week amongst my “students”.  Most likely because they are empowered and have education as their tool to a better way of making nutritious decisions when feeding themselves and their families.  It makes me so proud and honored at the same time!

In the same way that I attempt to inspire them to make choices of nutrition rich and fiber dense foods, I also give them ways to give back to this amazing planet where we live.  This picture is an example of  how my household gives back to the earth by composting.  This is an azalea bush.  Nothing signals springtime in Central Florida like the azaleas.  Remember I said “spring time”, this is winter, I took this picture on January 30th.  Okay, winter in Florida is slightly oxymoronic, but nonetheless, this bush is blooming two months early.  Why?  It is getting all the organic fertilizer leaching from the compost bin.  And if you take a close look, everything around the container is a lush green and the trees in the background are leafless.

One Degree of Change #14: Buy a reusable collection jar for your kitchen compost! 

To compliment last week’s blog on composting, I figure it was only appropriate to demonstrate the best way to collect and transport your future fertilizer to your new compost bin.  Once again, I try to make it easy by giving you the top three choices.  These containers are the perfect solution for efficient recycling of kitchen food scraps. Use a compost pail to hold vegetable trimmings, tea bags and leaves, coffee grounds, herbs, eggshells or spent flowers until transferred to an outdoor compost bin.  Remember to  not include any meat or meat by-products, fish, fats or dairy products. These items do not contribute to optimum compost and can attract animal pests to your yard.

Bamboo Compost Pail–  This Bamboo Compost Pail has a 3.25 quart/3 liter plastic liner that has a carrying handle for easy transport to the compost bin.  The pail contains two charcoal filter in the vented lid to ensure an odor-free environment for several days without having to empty the contents. Replace both filters every 2-6 months or sooner if odors are not being contained.  To replace the filters: Turn the lid upside down, remove the square filter and then the round one. Replace each filter with a new one.  It has to be hand washed.

Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail–  Who knew compost could look so pretty! These simple containers  will remind you to compost the little things, such as coffee grounds and orange rinds, and give your kitchen counter an artful touch.  Each compost crock includes 10 1.5-gallon BioBags for easy compost disposal. BioBags are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. Additional sets of 50 1.5-gallon BioBag refills available.

Stainless Steel Odor-Free Countertop Compost Container– Again my effort to recycle and be more earth friendly has led me to composting. We eat so many fresh fruits and veggies that it is such a shame to throw it out to the weekly garbage pickup.  We found this for our kitchen. As we cut, peel or chop veggies and fruits, all the leftovers go into the pail. Any past due veggies or fruits we didn’t get to eat get tossed in (makes you not feel so bad for wasting food). We also buy tea bags that can compost. Coffee grounds and egg shells can go in too! This pail has a two carbon filters so it reduces any rotten food smell. We empty our container about every other day.  It is also dishwasher safe.

All of the above choices are in the price range of $50.  Of course, you can use any type of container to collect your kitchen scraps, I just like pretty!  There is also an option, which I am considering, that is a beneath the counter container.  It is built into the countertop and is flush with the surface.  It is very sleek and stylish.  It is also stainless steel, so it fits in with today’s modern design kitchen.

Are you ready to begin?  Do you have your composting warrior gear in place?  Remember to make any One Degree of Change, it begins with a decision and then an action.  I have done the research for you, now it is time for you to do your part.  Ready? Begin!

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