Individuals

INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS

Change can be led by anyone. Take a look through the ideas below or come up with your own to transform the way you buy, cook or dispose of food, to improve your health and have a positive impact on the planet. 

By taking action, take action to become FoodWise and help us to create a healthy, sustainable and fair food system for Leeds.

Individual Actions

Why not take action by…?

  • Planning ahead to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Checking the use-by dates before you buy fresh food to make sure you can use it in time Make sure not to get ‘use-by’ confused with ‘best before’ or ‘display until’ dates.
  • Popping leftovers in the fridge and enjoying them for lunch the next day.
  • Composting fruit and vegetable waste.
  • Buying ‘wonky’ veg from the supermarket to save it going to waste.
  • Preserving or freezing food you can’t eat in time.
  • Donating any quality, in-date, surplus food to your local foodbank if you think it won’t get used.
  • Or come up with an idea of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
  • Getting to know the Eatwell Guide.
  • Including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  • Aiming for at least one ‘meat free’ day each week.
  • Eating meat and fish that is MSC-certified, free-range, outdoor reared or grass-fed.
  • Cutting down on sugar and salt when cooking.
  • Taking a cooking class to grow confidence cooking at home.
  • Making time for sharing meals with friends and family.
  • Considering breastfeeding by learning about its benefits and finding out about support available.
  • Or come up with a pledge of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Learning basic gardening skills by asking someone you know for help or through information online/in a book.
  • Growing salad leaves or herbs on a windowsill or in your garden.
  • Growing tomatoes on your balcony and enjoying them fresh off the plant.
  • Joining a local community growing group or signing up for an allotment.
  • Trying a new recipe with your home-grown produce. Find one on the Leeds Recipe Hub.
  • Or come up with a suggestion of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Making a nutritious and tasty meal for a friend.
  • Hosting a healthy bake-off or a nutritious potluck picnic at work.
  • Asking your friends, family or employer to take action and become FoodWise.
  • Recommending independent grocers or promoting them on social media.
  • Posting pictures of your healthy meals or home-grown veg online.
  • Starting a community garden or orchard.
  • Offering to show friends or family how to prepare your favourite healthy recipe.
  • Or come up with an action of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Visiting independent food shops and businesses.
  • Ordering a locally grown veg box.
  • Buying Fairtrade or organic products if you can.
  • Buying higher welfare meat such as organic, free-range, grass-fed and outdoor reared and bred.
  • Eating with the seasons.
  • Choosing produce that’s grown in the UK to reduce food miles and support British food producers.
  • Foraging wild food. You can find lots of information online and remember, if you’re not sure what something is, don’t eat it.
  • Or come up with your own idea!