One Simple Thing

The One Simple Thing series is all about painless, bite-sized things you can do to start moving toward a life that’s still awesome, but also healthier, smarter, and in many cases, cheaper.  I suggest not trying to do more than one or two a month – new habits can be a pain to build, and it takes several weeks on average for a new habit to “stick.”  So take it slow, maynard.

  • One Simple Thing: No-Brainer Organic Bread (even gluten free!) for Less Than a Buck Time: A trip to the thrift store. Cost: $7.00 – 10.00 investment maximum. Benefits: Health, Money, Deliciousness This is the first in what I hope is a lifelong series on small, super-quick, easy things you can do to live better, eat better, have fun, and green up your life…all at the same time.   I like bread. The people who know ...
  • One Simple Thing: Replace Your Nasty-Ass Spray Cleaner Today Time: 1 minute, or a trip to the store. Cost: $0.50 – $4.00. Benefits: Health, Money, Pollution I grew up fascinated with the women with perfect hair and nails on television, spraying the latest miracle cleaner on countertops, sinks, the mailman, etc.  Look!  You just spray it on, wipe it off, and all of those hateful, homicidal germs ...
  • One Simple Thing: Great Coffee That Doesn’t Hurt People Time: A few extra minutes on your next trip to the store. Cost: Costs a bit more, but worth every dime Benefits: Better taste, health, money, pollution, kindness If you don’t drink coffee, well, don’t worry about this one. But as coffee is said to be the second most valuable traded commodity in the world (second only to ...
  • One Simple Thing: Pick One Thing You Trash, and Try to Find a Place to Recycle It Mr. GH and I have a lot of little fun rituals that help us keep life interesting (no, none involve chanting or sacrificing small animals).  One of them sprung from a desire to recycle something we hated constantly throwing away. We have a big bin in the garage into which we toss waxed cardboard beverage containers ...
  • One Simple Thing: Examine the Next Thing You Trash The thought of replacing everything we discard with something that’s reusable, renewable, or refuse-able is a noble goal.  And the thought of taking it all on is absolutely overwhelming, even to me. Sure, I can spend hours sourcing cheese not sold in plastic, finding someone who recycles #7 plastics (think strawberries in a clamshell), and choosing ...
  • One Simple Thing: Homemade Mayonnaise in Less Than Two Minutes Following on last week’s mustard revelation, one of the best things I started to do this year was to make my own mayonnaise.  We don’t use a lot of it, mostly tuna sandwiches, sandwich spread, and cold salads, but one look at the ingredients panel of most mayonnaise containers makes me shudder.  And to add insult ...