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Just cook and get on with it


By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

It has to be said that there are times when I read food bloggers banging on with lengthy descriptions about a meal they've eaten or made, the love they poured into it which transcended them to another time where ….. blah blah blah…and I feel mildly irritated.

Which is quite hypocritical because over the years I'm sure I've written stuff like that myself.

Today let's talk about how it really is.

There are plenty of times where I don't make food with love and I don't have time to "feel the food in my hands and give it the attention it deserves" (that irritating line was from something I read a few minutes ago which gave fuel to this article.

Sometimes I really can't be bothered to cook but do so because my partner comes home at the end of the day hungry and he needs to be fed. (Today's recipe is an example of that but I hope you enjoy it anyway). I also cook because I know if I don't I'll get hungry later and grab something that's quick and unbalanced and because whatever that is will not meet my body's nutritional requirements I'll probably want to eat something else. And at the end of the day I won't feel as good as I'd have felt had I made a nourishing meal in the first place. Experience teaches us that.

A scientist friend of mine has a theory that once the body gets all the nutrition it needs from food, it doesn't seek kilojoules elsewhere and while I haven't seen much written on the subject, if my personal survey of one is anything to go by, I'd have to agree. When I don't eat well I tend to scratch around looking for something else to eat. With a good meal inside me I don't.

Is it the same with you?

When we have the time to cook it's lovely to get carried away in the romance of food and the relationship we have with certain dishes from our past and the stories we can attach to how we sourced the ingredients. Most other times we just dash to the shops, buy what we need and get home in time to cook something that everyone likes well enough to eat which nourishes the body. It's pragmatic but it's the approach our parents and grandparents would have had because they had no other choice than just cook every day.

Today we have fast food, takeaway food, cheap, mid-range and expensive restaurants, and any amount of packaged food that enables us to wriggle out of making meals when we don't feel like it: None of it nourishes the body the way fresh food does. Were there such a word you could say many of the alternatives to making your own "denourish" the body.

Romancing food has come about - I think - as a way to "sell" the wonders of cooking. It's an attempt to make people feel they are missing out when don't enjoy relishing in everything associated with food and cooking. I understand why people try to make it sound like they're having an affair with whatever they put on a plate - who wouldn't want what they're having when they put it that way - but I can't buy it or pay into it at the moment, Christmas is round the corner and I'm too busy.

Regardless of whether you have limited time and/or inclination for the romantic idea of food, for your own good health and the health of those you cook for, you still have to make the time to make it.

We all have to eat and we function better with fresh natural food. The recipes in The The Greengrocer's Diet were designed to be quick, easy and nourishing and the ingredients were chosen because they were easy to source. Try to make The Greengrocer's Diet the diet that becomes your way of life because these recipes are about as easy as it gets without allowing ease to compromise health.

And so, while I type I am wondering what vegetables are in the fridge and what else I need, whether we should have meat, chicken or fish, when I'm going to get to the shops and how I'm going to make it with a broken cooktop.

Speaking of which, where is that damn plumber who said he'd be here on Friday to fix it.

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