The TOP 5 ways to extend the life of your food, while in quarantine!

By: Sarabelle Coaching; Zero Waste Health Coach

Now is a time more than ever to start becoming conscientious about how much food we are wasting in our homes. The amount of food wasted during this pandemic has increased to overwhelming amounts. Farmers have more food than they know what to do with, “The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops and they are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell.” (source: NY Times Article).

We all, as individuals, can make a difference by creating less food waste in our own homes! By utilizing more of these Zero-waste principles into our own lives, we will appreciate our surroundings, we will take responsibility for our planet, and we will take better care of ourselves. So let’s dive into the top 5 ways to extend the life of your food while in quarantine!

#1 - Store Food properly

This is the most commonly overlooked way that food goes to waste! We may unknowingly be increasing the rate that our food ripens, which then leads to our food rotting/decomposing before we can enjoy it! No good. My general rule of thumb for fresh food is to “keep em’ separated!”

  • Separate potatoes and onions from one another - both can be stored in dark, room temperature spaces

  • Separate bananas from other fruits and you’ll enjoy your fruits for at least a week longer.

  • Separate cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh garlic out of the fridge - they’ll last longer and have much better flavor stored at room temperature

# 2 - Pickle! Pickle! Pickle!

Pickles, without a doubt, are the most delicious way to preserve your food! The process of pickling is also very simple as long as you have vinegar, salt, and an airtight container. The acid of the vinegar and preserving qualities of the salt inhibit growth of bad bacteria on your food. The best foods to pickle are starchy, crispy, or root vegetables like beets, beans, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, and peppers. You can also pickle boiled eggs and meats!

# 3 - Reinvent your food scraps!

Food scraps are magical AND delicious! You can squeeze every last penny out of your food by giving your food scraps a second breath of life and a little attention.

Some great ways to reinvent your scraps:

Lemon peels become an all-purpose cleaner: add about 1 cup of lemon peels with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for about a week, strain, then add 1 cup of water and add to a spray bottle for cleaning!

Vegetable ends and peels become homemade veggie stock: save all your veggie scraps in the freezer, when you have about 8 cups of scraps put them in a large stock pot with water and salt, simmer for about 30 min. And strain the stock into glass jars. Store in the fridge or freezer to use in soups, to cook grains, as an alternative to oil, and so much more!

Brown Bananas become mashed into pancake batter, added to a smoothie for sweetness, or baked into a banana bread. If you’re not a fan of eating mushy bananas, peel your ripe bananas right away, then freeze them in an airtight container - just thaw them to use them in a smoothie or baking recipe!

# 4 - Become best friends with your freezer!

Yes, we are making friends with appliances now! The freezing temperature is going to preserve your food for months and that’s something to celebrate!

My freezer is the place I store a backstock of veggies and meats, it’s also where my food goes when I know I won’t be able to eat it before it decomposes. I will store foods like loaves of bread, banana, avocado, leafy greens, fruit, homemade waffles, ginger, tomato paste, veggie scraps (to make veggie broth in the future), etc.

# 5 - Shop your kitchen first!

Before you buy anything new, “shop” your kitchen FIRST and take inventory of what you already have. This may seem like a no-brainer AND I’ve seen it all too often with clients; stockpiles of food in the pantry, fridge, and freezer, forgotten food is molding and hiding in nooks and crannies around the kitchen, and they continue to buy hundreds of dollars worth of groceries each week. Even during times like this, it’s important to know exactly what you have on hand before you bring anything new into your home - this will save you money AND will reduce the amount of food wasted in your home.


We are in a very heavy, scary, unknown time. We are also in a place of pause, where we can take action in small ways to benefit our own health, the health of the planet, and the health of future generations. I want to support you in this and take your Zero-waste knowledge further, which is why I created the Zero-Waste Cooking from Home: Quarantine Edition course.

With cooking at home during this time, the goal would be to make sure the money we spend on groceries isn’t wasted. If food is going bad in your fridge and you have to throw it away, it’s your money and time being thrown away.

> > > This course will teach you how to extend the life of your food, how to create grocery lists and shop with intention to save you money, how to reinvent your food scraps so nothing gets wasted, and so much more!

I can’t wait to see you there!

Link to Enroll for instant, lifetime access:

Enjoy this recipe from the Zero-Waste Cooking from Home: Quarantine Edition course to get you started on your journey to extending the life of your food!

Written by Chelsey @eco.mindset

There was a time when I believed that by simply putting plastics in the recycling bin, I was doing my part to help the environment. Yep, I believed that. In to the recycling bin things went and then out of sight and out of mind. To be honest, I’m not sure that I really cared enough to worry much about plastics and recycling because like most people, I was busy. Busy raising four kids, busy going to university, just flat out busy! My hectic schedule hasn’t changed, but finding out that only 9% of plastics are actually being recycled and reading about whales that were washing up on shore with bellies full of plastic really shook me!!

It suddenly struck me that I was contributing to the global plastic problem and that it was time to implement some household changes to reduce the plastic waste we were creating. Here are some of the household and shopping changes that have worked for me, maybe you’ll find them useful too! I think it’s worth mentioning that it was possible to implement these changes because I have the means and ability to do so and that lower waste living isn’t always accessible to everyone for a variety of reasons, in no way are these tips meant to shame or belittle the efforts of anyone else.

Groceries and Food

Since most of the disposable plastic in our household seemed to accumulate as a result of our grocery shopping habits, this is the first area that I examined in an attempt to identify and minimize wasteful packaging.

· Reusable Grocery Bags- when grocery shopping I make sure to bring along my reusable grocery bags. Being that I am on the forgetful side I’ll write myself reminder notes and leave my bags at the back door or in my car when not in use.

· Reusable Produce Bags-I’ve switched from plastic produce bags to reusable fabric bags which can be bought or made if you have some sewing skills. Even an old pillowcase will do the trick. By my estimates we have gone through approximately 5200 produce bags over a ten year period. Thinking about that number makes me cringe!

· Bulk Shopping- purchasing from bulk food stores with containers from home was new to me but I quickly figured the system out. Bring your clean containers to the store, have them weighed, and then shop! Simple and cuts out a lot of package waste.

· Homemade- home baking and cooking has really helped to reduce plastic packaging. Since I’ve purchased about 2000 loaves of bread in the past ten years (we have a big family!), baking my own bread from bulk ingredients has become a waste free solution to some of the plastic trash associated with store bought bakery items.

· Grub on the Go- We now pack lunches and store food in waxed cloth wraps, silicone bags, and containers. I won’t be buying plastic wrap or plastic sandwich bags again, they really aren’t necessary. Also, before going out for dinner I throw a container in my tote for leftovers and being the coffee addict that I am, I always have my reusable coffee cup on hand wherever I go!

In the Home

Once I realized just how much wasteful packaging came from the cleaning product aisle at the grocery store, like liquid soap and detergent bottles, I set out to find household products that didn’t involve plastic waste. Eventually my search for low waste cleaning products led to natural DIY products, which are easy to make and cost very little.

Housekeeping- cleaning products not only come in plastic but are typically full of nasty chemicals. This year I made the switch to homemade cleaning products which are stored in glass rather than old plastic bottles as I don’t want any chemical residue leaching in to the natural products I’ve made. There are so many fantastic cleaning product recipes online , I suggest trying a few different ones to see what works for you. Natural cleaning products sometimes require a bit of extra elbow grease but the trade-off is worth it!

· Washing Up-in the shower we’ve switched to soap bars but at the sink we still use liquid soap. Once a month I visit my local refill shop for liquid hand soap. I’ve even come across liquid hand soap recipes though I have yet to try any myself.

· Laundry- I’m able to buy our liquid laundry detergent at a refill store too. Screw cap wine bottles are great for refilling and look pretty! Eventually I’d like to try making laundry detergent but just haven’t found the time. Another laundry swap I love are wool dryer balls scented with essential oils, they are a natural waste free alternative to dryer sheets. For someone with allergies, like myself, this has been a particularly useful switch since dryer sheets are typically heavily scented and can irritate the skin.

· In the Loo- plastic free toilet paper was the answer to my endless frustration with plastic wrapped TP. Many plastic free toilet paper brands use bamboo or recycled paper material. Bamboo is a great sustainable material because it grows very quickly (a few feet per day for some varieties) and requires far less water for growth than trees do.

· Home Fragrance – Prior to ditching harmful chemicals in my home I was using those plug in deodorizers from the grocery store, so much waste and so many chemicals (cringe). Not deodorizing my home wasn’t an option (I have four teenage sons) so I’ve moved to natural alternatives. Recently I’ve started using bamboo charcoal deodorizing bags around the house and they really help to remove odors. For home fragrance I’ve switched to naturally scented candles made from sustainable ingredients, like

coconut wax. Also, it’s fun finding new ways to repurpose my empty candle vessels, Pinterest is full of great suggestions! Diffused essential oils are another favorite way to add scent to my home. Since switching to natural home fragrances my allergies have really improved and I’ve cut down on a lot of waste.

Shifting to lower waste living in the past year has been an adventure! I feel like I am learning so much from many others who are also trying to live more sustainably. For all the wins I’ve had, there have also been many failures as well but I suppose that’s to be expected when trying something new. If you are thinking about moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle the important thing to remember is to go slow and be kind to yourself. Don’t worry about trying to be perfect, just start with one small thing and keep trying! Are there any tips you can add to the list for reducing waste in the home? Please share below in the comments section! Thanks so much for reading, keep an eye out for my next post covering sustainable personal care products.

Chelsey is an eco friendly blogger who inspires to live slower and more sustainably. She shares her low waste living on social media through @eco.mindset .

Make sure to check back on our sustainable blog to read her next article on sustainable personal care products!

Imagine going to sleep, “waking up” inside the dream, and having a conscious chat with The Universe. Getting told messages, insights, things that humanity needs to know, or even answers to your questions! Well…that’s me in a nutshell.

My name is Holly Emmerson, and I’m a Dream Oracle. I have a unique gift where I consciously channel Spirit while asleep in the Dream World. Yes, you read that correctly – While I’m sleeping, I channel messages for the collective, as well as individuals.

Three years ago I had no idea I could connect with Spirit in the Dream World. I had no idea I had any “spiritual” gifts! But let’s start at the beginning, growing up in Calgary, Canada.

As a little girl, I always loved the Dream World. I always had a deep knowing that there had to have been some kind of meaning behind dreams. I mean, heck, we spend a third of our lives asleep! 

This led to a strong fascination with dreams, yet, I still had no idea how to interpret my dreams, let alone to connect with Spirit in the Dream World.

Like many of us, I’ve been on a spiritual journey for well over two decades, but it was more about personal growth, inner healing, and deepening self-love. But then, in November of 2017, my world changed when I went to Egypt. 

My whole life I’ve felt a connection to Egypt. So when my spiritual teacher offered a retreat and sacred site tour exploring this life-long curiosity, I was IN!

Egypt was far more magical than I could have ever thought. In fact, my experience in Egypt forever changed my relationship to Spirit and the Dream World in a whole new way.

I AWOKE in my dreams in a new way while in Egypt. Yes, I had been lucid dreaming for years, but now I was lucid dreaming in a new way.

My consciousness and awareness in the Dream World became so vivid and clear. It was like the veil between our physical reality and the Dream World dropped away allowing me to tap directly into Source for insights, guidance, and direction.

I felt something unlock inside of me. This is when the “Dream Oracle” in me woke up. 

To my surprise, I’ve since had a number of readings that revealed in past lives I was an Oracle for Pharaohs and was an Oracle of Delphi (which were the most famous Oracles of ancient times).

In this lifetime, I’m using my Dream Oracle gifts to support others on their spiritual path of healing.

I use guidance from the Dream World to help others uncover their subconscious blocks, heal them and move beyond them. This allows my clients to shift into deeper alignment with their Higher Self and what they desire to attract and create in their life.

By connecting with my clients through the Dream World, I am able to access the subconscious blocks they’ve tucked away in their minds and what holds them back from living their best life. This allows me to quickly pinpoint what the block is, remove it and put them on the most direct path to healing.

When I work with clients as a Dream Oracle, it’s not for them to bypass or avoid therapy (when needed), but it’s an additional and very efficient tool for finding the root of what is blocking them.

Since our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, we must all do the inner alignment work first in order to manifest the results in the outer world. This is precisely the work I do in partnership with your Higher Self in the Dream World.

I’m currently in the process of creating a Dream Oracle School to help others tap into the magic of the Dream World for themselves. Accessing the Dream World the way I do has been so profound for not just myself but my clients too.

Each night when you go to sleep, you tap into the Source of infinite Divine wisdom. Why not learn to consciously access this wisdom, so you can shift, align and awaken to your true potential?

Do you think you might be a Dream Oracle too? Or maybe you’re interested in learning what your dreams are telling you each night?

Learn How to Interpret Your Dreams

Start by writing down your dreams each morning and see if you notice similar patterns or symbols emerging night after night. You might be surprised at what you start noticing if you just start paying attention!

Here are some questions to think about as you write:

How did you feel in the dream? What was the environment? Who was in the dream and what is your relationship to that person(s)? Were there any symbols in the dream that stood out?

After a week or so of writing your dreams down, take a look and see if there are over-arching themes.

It’s normal that our dreams share with us similar messages in hopes that we actually receive the message that is trying to be shared.

I’ve also created a free Dream Interpretation Guide that you can download and use for this process. It will allow you to dive deeper into your dreams and includes the above questions plus so much more.

Moving forward, I’ll be sharing articles about dreams, the Dream World, and how YOU can start accessing your own inner Dream Oracle to tap into the divine infinite wisdom each night when you go to sleep too. I’m so grateful and excited to be able to share this gift with you and the world.

If you would like to learn more about me or book a Dream Oracle reading, please visit

I would also love to connect with you on Instagram @DreamOracleHolly


Written By: Holly Emmerson

Holly Emmerson is a Dream Oracle and helps others manifest their goals and desires. She has a unique ability to channel Spirit and The Universe while asleep in the Dream World.

In the Dream World, she receives answers to her clients questions, gains guidance, and finds their unsupportive subconscious blocks, all to support their healing journey. By healing and removing these blocks, living a more aligned life becomes easy and allows the flow of abundance, joy, love or whatever her clients desire to manifest.

She also shares channeled Dream Oracle messages for the collective on her Youtube channel.


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