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So if you eat five per cent less you could take the savings and donate them to your local food bank. Or you could splurge on...
Resolved: Local food businesses are sweet
Whether it's choosing Purdy's Chocolates over a bag of Lindt's or some of Whistler Cooks' wonderful sauces over a bottle of Kraft, buying local means supporting friends and neighbours, and a lot of other good things.
If you try to cut back on portions and save money on your grocery bill, you can also spring for at least one more meal at one of the — count 'em — 100+ eateries at Whistler. OK, so that includes pubs and lounges that serve food, but either way it makes for a pick-me-up for you and local business, especially in the post-holiday aftermath where everyone needs a lift, thank you.
Resolved: Go farm-fresh, even in winter
Yes, it's January, but you can still go farm-fresh if you check out the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market. On January 5 it reopens after the holiday break, and you'll find all sorts of local products from sustainably caught salmon to those great potatoes from Helmer's Organic Farm in Pemberton and that great baking from Whistler's Purebread. Find it every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April 27 at the parking lot on the east side of Nat Bailey Stadium at 30th and Ontario Street.
Resolved: Clean up like you're camping
When the eatin's done, resolve to clean up in a kinder, gentler way. Use water — and cleaners — like you're camping in the great outdoors. After all, you are — sort of. Turn off the tap in between rinsing each dish. Use soaps and cleaners that aren't tested on animals and aren't abrading you and the water system that they ultimately make their way into.
Resolved: Let us eat cake
If all the wheels come off your well-intended New Year's resolutions I say what the hell, shift the whole thing into reverse and make a statement!
Resolve to eat one whole chocolate cake every week. Top it off with a giant scoop of ice cream and phone up your neighbour to come on over and share it with you. Resolve to bake your mom's best cookie recipe once a month and ask your best friends over to gobble them up in one sitting.
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