Here’s hoping you all had a Happy International Women’s Day! Lest we let the momentum fade. I toasted the day whilst following up on our world’s celebrated women and cheered female triumphs via social media. I mainly caught up on errands preparing for the new week ahead and, of my own volition; one of my favourite pastimes of course, spent the best part of the day preparing food in the Kitchen.
However I felt I could exhale a big sigh of relief whilst I reduced my gravy having read Rosamund Urwin’s interview with Adrianna Huffington in Fridays’s Evening Standard.
‘La Huff’ claims: “There are those working around the clock and those who’ve recognised the dangers of that”.
She goes on to advise in the article: “You can complete a project by dropping it”.
What? Hooray! I thought, as I abandoned a few commitments on the to do list in my mind and focused on smashing some celeriac into puree. Huffy, claims “women find it hard to abandon projects, reading books even”.
What ever the idea, she and Idina Menzel advise; “Let it go”.
However, this is somewhat a counter intuitive to the last Huffington post schedule I read which almost caused me to dizzily spin on the spot: How to have the perfect workday.
Read it and if you’re not agitated by the exercise routine, conscious of the realistic commuting time suggested and overawed by the eating-prep time then you’re certainly winning. Or are you?
It reminds me of a conversation I had with our Pantry Proprietress, Lara. She says, “we in modern day times suffer terribly from a Hurry Sickness”.
It’s true, there’s always some target to reach, a destination to get to, all whilst not putting ourselves first and it’s all of course set against the clock jeopardising our heath and happiness. Where’s the time for fun in food, supposed to fit into that routine?
Lara, laments: “In the face of hardships and busy lives, we shouldn’t punish ourselves making food the enemy. I want to cultivate a relationship on how not to alienate yourself from food. Small changes can make big differences, so experiment and explore”.
I couldn’t agree more. Although I’m often guilty of taking myself on a guilt trip, it’s all really about balance and enjoyment. With the Summer months on the horizon as the days draw in later, the influx of health and diet articles flood exponentially into my inbox heightening my awareness of the latest fad.
The main point, Lara emboldens; “There are 7 Days in a week. I understand 50% of the time you’re busy or don’t feel like doing anything. So (in that time) set aside a time to plan meals”.
However, where our day to day routines have allowed this Hurry Sickness to creep in, this is where the Greenwich Pantry comes in. “It’s about Planning, with a capital P! “, Lara enthuses.
“When you’re on a Journey, you need a map, think about shopping for food and preparing your food- like having a food map. You have to be organised, you have to have a shopping list. A meal plan. Whilst running your own home, your own life, when all else is up in the air you can decide, ‘this is what I’m going to eat’. It’s about buying the right things to begin with”.
So for a fresh start, it’ll be soon time to think about spring cleaning, a new wardrobe perhaps, time for opening the windows to the world to let in the fresh spring air. Invite in change, more colour and more excitement for the longer days to come and a great time to think about Make-overs ideas. Usually we think of sprucing up our home decor or appearances, but what about a make-over for your pantry?
Lara wants you to liberate yourself, she wants you to enjoy the difference it brings you.
“Next time you’re on a mission whilst food shopping, think about one thing that you could improve on to invite exciting change beneficial to your health and happiness. For instance, the next time you pick something from the shelf, perhaps from the (online) cereal aisle, think, instead I’m going to try ‘Product X’. Or if you’re thinking ‘this month I’m going Naturopathic/ Pescatarian’ or are perhaps spicing things up with new flavours; think that the choices you are making are a way to enjoy life through the medium of good food”.
Lara wants to get the benefits of aspirational eating across and help people find shared interests in food groups, amongst new or old friends and within our families.
So, the next time you come over all vague stalking the fridge for the umpteenth time, perhaps take a moment to plan some meals, get your family or housemates involved. Matchmake what you have with exciting things that you have missing with Lara’s Pantry List. It’s a great idea for a budget night in, get friends round and plan your Pantry.
Now instead of running around, as mad as a March hare, I am going to take it easy and stop having nightmares about dream schedules and I suggest you do too. If La Huff can, you can! So, incorporating Lara’s sterling time and money saving advice to plan meals, here are a few of my top tips:
For a good morning, have breakfast! No time? Grab something to have on the go. Prepare breakie the night before, or my favourite, have breakfast for dinner with my eat cheat-Ayvar. You’d be hopping mad not to.
Take it easy,
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