Well, I’ve been cooking and getting really creative in the kitchen with my other half and our housemate. We have a blackboard on the wall and we write a menu from Monday to Friday that we change every week so we have something to look forward to eating or cooking. We take it in turns – it’s been a great way for the boys to switch off after they're WFH in the kitchen all day. Some days it’s a specific dish like Spaghetti Bolognese (vegetarian for me) or it could be a theme, like Scottish or Mexican night.
Lunches are usually a big salad with pulses and leaves, and then we’ll add something different each day; maybe tuna, or chicken the next day. I’m also being sent loads of recipes from friends – old fashioned recipe swaps! – so we’ve been getting inspiration from lots of places. I think it’s important not to be too hard on ourselves right now. Give yourself a break! Counting macros and calories, for me, is just something I’ve never been interested in – but even more so at a time like this. Try listening to what your body wants, needs, craves and desires. You can start to observe these things and understand how to satisfy and fuel your body, thats a really wonderful tool for life. Getting in a good mix of all the macro and micro nutrients including all the relevant minerals that your body needs to function across a period of time is essential. Here, we’ve allowed ourselves the occasional take-away at the weekends and the whole point of the blackboard is to make it fun and interesting.
A key thing to remember is, everybody is different. The amount of food your body needs is super dependant not only on your height, weight and age, but also on how much exercise you’re doing. Another thing to take into account is what your ‘goal’ may be (if any). Fuelling for a marathon looks very different to fuelling to sit and WFH all day. Perhaps you’re trying to gain muscle or reduce body fat - again these two diets will differ immensely. Getting expert advice is always recommended when looking to change your diet. Allergies and intolerances can come into play and diet can hugely effect your energy, mood, emotions and sleeping patterns.