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Day Thirty!

Friends!!! Day Thirty has arrived!!! Hooray!

When I first embarked on this quest to give up all products that I knew were labelled with palm oil, I wasn’t sure if I could actually do it. However, creating this blog has done so much to bolster my resolve, whilst simultaneously opened my eyes to a plethora of incredible, ethically produced, delicious food products (and the clever people behind them).

First and foremost, I must say thankyou to all you lovely people! You have kept me accountable through this whole thing, and your support advice and kind words have kept me from reaching for the biscuit tin. A lot has been said about the negative aspects of an online community, what with all the spam hackers and twitter trolls out there, but I really think that when used properly it can be an indispensable support system and can provide a lot information and opportunities that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. So thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!

Today was a wonderful day; what better way to celebrate getting through a whole month without eating palm oil than going to OzComicCon !! Ok, it’s not at all related, but it was still great! I’m going to do a full follow-up post on my personal blog, but I will say this; although the fact that it was very badly organised meant that we missed out on seeing Patrick Stewart(:(:() I did get some pretty sweet art, and we got to see the Stan Lee panel which was AMAZING! He’s everything you want out of someone you admire, and more!

Breakfast: Tea. My most beloved beverage, where would I be without you to sedate my poor neglected stomach in those hours before lunch time

Lunch: With all the havoc of ComicCon, of navigating crowds of Cosplayers and stalls of comics and merchandise and two incredibly long lines (one to get in, and another for the Stan Lee panel), we didn’t get to have lunch until three thirty that day. By the time we got to Melbourne Public House, a simply chic yet warm restaurant and bar on South Warf, I was as ravenous as a Dire Wolf (I’ve just started watching Game of Thrones by the way. I know, I’m very behind). We ordered a bowl of wedges and some Pumpkin and Feta Aranchinni balls to share, and they were really tasty! The perfect meal for us to wind down from the chaos of ComicCon; I’d really like to go back there for a drink soon, when I’m not so hungover that is.

Dinner: After meeting up with Eleanor for a couple of ciders at the Brunswick Cider House (I can’t say no to a pot of Cheeky Rascal), we headed to our friend Anne’s for a girls night in. We had piles and piles of food, yet none of them were used to make a meal; salt and vinegar Pringle’s, pumpkin and basil dip, hommous, an amazing raw Vegan dip that Eleanor had made using a special kind of vegan cheese, Natural Confectionary Dinosaur Jellies (they’re owned by Cadbury, and thus are involved in using sustainably sourced palm oil), and Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Icecream. Thank god they used Coconut Oil, or I might have cried, or worse, thrown in the towel. And then wiped all the chocolate icecream off my face with it.

In the midst of this Saturday Night food orgy that could have put the Romans to shame, we watched one of the most amazing movies I think I’ve ever seen; honestly, I don’t why I haven’t seen it before now, I really have no excuse. For those of you who were like me up until last night, and have never seen WALL.E, stop what you’re doing… wait no… finish reading this post, and then stop what ever else you are doing and get yourself a copy, either physical or digital, and make yourself a hot drink, and then watch it. It is the sweetest, most beautifully shot, most adorably thought provoking movie, and really it was the most perfect way to end this part of my journey to minimising my impact on this planet I call home. This is the first movie I’m going to show my children, (when they’re old enough of course) in the hope that like a single plant growing out of a pile of trash, they will grow with the understanding of the importance and the wonder of life on earth planted firmly in their minds. And at least it will tide them over until they are old enough for me to show them the Lord of the Rings. And then Star Wars. And then Studio Gibli. Oh god, my poor children.

Although this is technically my last day of the challenge, the fight is far from over. Palm Oil is still not labelled properly on most packaged foods, and something still needs to be done! I am currently drafting a letter that I will send to my local MP, asking him to back this legislation and force it through Parliament; I will certainly keep you updated on how this goes, as well as the responses from the food companies that I have currently contacted, and more developments on the sustainable usage front.
Although the month has ended and I’m ceasing to record my daily meals, I will still be updating this blog frequently with more recipes, news, and projects. I am by no means going straight to Coles and filling my basket with every type of Arnott’s Biscuit I can get my hands on. Now that I see all the amazing paths I can take in terms of what I choose to consume, and now that I know the effects it has on the world around me, there’s no way I can go back. For me, this is incredibly exciting; for what I have lost, I have gained so much more. And I’m going to continue to push my limits, and learning all that I can, until I reach my goal of being the most ethical consumer I can be.

As for my once beloved mint slice? Well, I still do find myself longing for that sweet kiss of dark chocolate and mint creme, but the difference is that know it can be reduced to a mere whisper with all the knowledge I have gained over the past month. And who knows, if Arnott’s do end up coming to their senses and start using sustainable palm oil, we may not be separated for too much longer.

I’ve learnt a lot of things this past month, I could go on about it for pages and pages, but I’m sure you have much more important things to do than read any more of my ramblings, so I’ll keep it short.
In the end it comes down to the fact that there is only one planet, and we should not let ourselves be so blinded by our own arrogance to declare that we own it; instead, let’s treat it how we would like to be treated. I know that I am not where I want to be yet, despite my best intentions, but I can’t wait to see what I discover on the way to getting there.

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