Food

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.

Learning
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, consider starting 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, and digging counts towards your daily activity

Planning
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

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:

Comfort food recipes:

Do take a look at the My Bookshelf section of The Healthy Edit for more recipe inspiration from a selection of my favourite cook books. 

Food delivery services:

Fruit & Veg:

  • Riverford – Organic fruit, veg, milk, eggs & bread delivery. I’ve used them for years and still get a box every week. I love it!
  • Try OddBox for odd and surplus fruit and veg directly from the farm
  • Pale Green Dot & Farm Drop both deliver fresh, seasonal, sustainable farm produce to your door (both across London and Pale Green Dot also across the South East)

Storecupboard Staples:

  • Try Real Food Source for great value bulk nuts and seeds.
  • Good Club is a membership model online health food shop, which delivers for free once a month, and sells many branded and favourite products at a good discount on the RRP.

Online Butchers:

Other:

  • Type your postcode into Milk & More to see if there is a delivery service local to you. Milk and more are championing the milkman legacy and supporting smaller local producers.  They deliver over 200 products to your doorstep, first thing.
  • Please also look at the social media pages or websites 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.