Self-care practices for our changing world

Things to consider trying

Good Enough
Eating a mostly whole foods diet, including as much fresh (or frozen / tinned) fruit & veg as reasonably possible given inevitable constraints, and including some sort of protein in two meals of the day. Drinking plenty of water.

Get Creative
Seeing this as an opportunity to develop confidence and creativity in the kitchen and not worrying if you don’t have all the correct ingredients for a dish. If you have a copy, Simply Good For You has a whole section at the front of sensible ingredient substitutions to refer to. Creativity extends to leftovers – minimising food waste is our obligation when food supply is erratic.

Local Delivery
Looking out for new local food delivery services. Organisations that used to supply ingredients to the trade are now starting to provide to consumers.

If home schooling, this might be the perfect opportunity to get your kids skilled up on cooking and meal planning. See Jamie Oliver’s Easy recipes for kids here.

Get growing
If you’ve got the space and inclination, now is the ideal time to start a home vegetable or kitchen garden. Even a small pot or two on a windowsill, or a couple of grow-bags on a balcony can provide you with fresh herbs or cut-and-come again salad. It’s also a lovely activity to do with the kids. I find having my hands in soil is deeply therapeutic.

Marking the passage of time with little things to look forward to: Tuesday night pizza night, for example, or meat-free Mondays, or making new recipes on Sundays.

Local Independents
Check out your local independent shops, restaurants and cafes, many of which are now offering a telephone or online pay-and-collect or delivery service.

Things to consider minimising


Stress & anxiety about not being able to create the elaborate, perfectly balanced meals that you might like to be able to make. Good enough is just fine.

Stockpiling and panic buying

There will be plenty enough food to go around, so long as we buy conscientiously and only what we really need. This should also help to reduce the risk of inadvertent food waste.

Other resources

Articles on cooking from your store cupboards:

  • Cooking at home in the time of coronavirus – Bon Appetite

Cook-Alongs & inspiration:

  • Bread Ahead Bakery is doing a bake-along at 2pm every day LIVE on Instagram
  • Jamie Oliver’s Keep Cooking and Carry On – 5:30pm every weeknight on Channel 4

Comfort food recipes:

Food delivery services: LONDON

  • The London Restaurant Co-Operative – A new not-for-profit organization is recruiting chefs who have just lost their jobs to be part of a huge network preparing low-cost, delicious comfort food, that can be paid for online before waiting staff bike it over. One vegan and one non-vegan option daily, with each meal costing no more than £7.
  • Pale Green Dot – Fresh, seasonal farm produce to your door (still taking orders for a new weekly subscription box).

Food delivery services: OUTSIDE LONDON

  • Combe Farm Organic (organic meat, bone broth & game)
  • Check the Instagram profile, Facebook page or website of any local independent farm shops, grocers, delis, bakers, butchers or other small shops. Many are offering new ‘pay & collect’ services, or local delivery. Local restaurants and cafés are also now often offering delivery service or frozen ready meals. Supporting local is essential if you want them to still be there when this is all over.
  • Farmison & Co. Online butcher of the year, supporting small-scale farming. Delivery nationwide. 25% discount for NHS employees.