Why


Premise
My aim in creating this blog/site is to share some of what I have learnt over the past few years living with chronic pain, significantly reduced mobility and the accompanying fatigue.
I’m really good at rambling on and I know what it’s like to read blogs that do that when you just want the blooming recipe, so I’ll try to keep myself in check!

Purpose
We all know what we are ‘meant’ to do to help ourselves and that we ‘should’ be #pacing. What is so much harder is actually doing it – day in – day out – when life is such a struggle as it is. Pacing somehow ends up feeling like more effort (mental and physical) than continuing to go through the motions on autopilot.
Unfortunately, what we eventually find is that we really can’t sustain that long-term and we burn out.
This is just as true whether our struggles are psychological, physical or both.
I’m not going to claim that I don’t fall into this trap too – telling fibs isn’t going to help the cause – but I know that when I do manage to stick to a plan I feel all the better for it.
So, these are my kitchen ‘hacks’ so far. I hope you find them helpful.

The Plan
My aim isn’t to give you loads of new amazing recipes and win a cookery writer award or some other fabulous accolade.
What I would like is to help you get a few simple strategies together that you can mix and match to make your life easier.
If you don’t like my recipes then use your own; but try to think of how to make them work best for you. Using minimal #spoons, but creating maximum*.
For each recipe my plan is to create something that will serve you more than once: something you can make in a large-ish batch on one of your better days, freeze in portions and/or serve multiple ways so you don’t get bored. Life can be pants enough as it is – we really don’t need our dinner adding to that.
I try to cram as much good stuff as I can into each dish. I fully accept that there will be days where I feel too broken to nourish my body as well as I’d like to (hello first non-work day where I can barely wake up, let alone get to the kitchen and I largely exist on whatever I can reach from my bed) and so whenever I am able to do as I please I want loads of goodness. I’m sure this is less than ideal, but it’s all I’ve got right now, so tough.
This is home, chuck-it-in-a-pan style cooking and as such most of my dishes don’t rely on exact quantities or needing completely the same ingredients each time. You might say I’m winging it…
The first time I will have measured or weighed most of these ingredients will have been to write them down here. So if you want to sub things in or out then please feel free to play. And if your version tastes better then please let me know so that I can play too!
Finally, you don’t need to be vegan or for that matter have a long term health condition for these ideas to be helpful or for the dishes to taste really, really good. We live in a world with too many demands for any of us to truly keep up all of the time. Let’s take some of the pressure out of the kitchen.

* Good old Wikipedia provides an explanation of spoon theory:
"The spoon theory is a disability metaphor and neologism used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness."
If you type 'spoon theory' into Google there is also a great diagram that comes up in the image search.

Disclaimers

I do not have any qualifications in nutrition. I just try to add as much goodness into every meal as possible along with a good dollop of common sense.

I'm also not a professional chef (behave!). These are recipes I use at home to try to achieve some sort of balance between cooking (which I love), getting goodness into my body (I've heard that's important) and not using all of my spoons on one meal and consequently not being able to do anything else for days.

All opinions are quite obviously my own. 

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