School holidays are challenging at the best of times but add chocolate and extra family and they can quickly become a nightmare! My wonderful and thoughtful partner actually gave me the idea for this article, reminding me of the importance of staying home, not to finish all the household jobs, but to do nothing!
There is such a huge temptation to go, go, go when we have a few days off but sometimes the best of times are sitting around playing games, snoozing in front of a movie, reading a book or sharing a takeaway meal where the dishes go in the recycling. None of these necessitate even leaving the house. Plan a holiday at home for sanity maintenance!
Here’s a few thoughts. Instead of spending every waking moment catching up on household chores doing that extra ‘thing’ on your list try these:
Family movie…or 2! Put the phones down, no double screening allowed. Lie on the couch, fire up Netflix, if the movie sucks let yourself drift off to sleep. A bad movie is not an excuse to get up and do something.
Plan a few super simple meals like grilled meat and salad or a roast chook with oven chips and salad, homemade burgers that everyone constructs for themselves are easy too.
Freezer meals if you are a batch cook. Utilise what you have in the freezer for low fuss meals.
Break out the board or card games! Who doesn’t love UNO? Monopoly not your speed? Mine either! Find other games you can play!
Eat dinner at the table and talk. If you don’t do this regularly this can be a real treat. No phones, no pressure just talk. Maybe some music!
Dance night! Let it all hang out by just putting on your favourite tunes and dance! Too energetic? Just listen to the music.
Above all, connect. Connect with your loved ones, friends, your dogs…put the phone down, stop the busy busy mentality. Doing nothing is just as important. Enjoy your break, have a holiday at home and preserve your sanity for another day.
Yes! Like a weed! Hear me out because weeds are awesome! Thriving like a weed should be our goal because they grow in some very difficult terrain where other plants fear to tread. They are incredibly resilient. I mean you can spray those things all you like but they are hard to stop! One year of seed, seven years of weed!
Weeds are often nutritious and useful like dandelion, nettle and sorrel to name a few. A weed they may be but they are definitely well fed.
Don't forget the term weed is relative. Maybe a weed in some places but in others a valuable plant. A weed is really just a plant in the wrong spot. Go find your spot!
And finally, what about the fact they are often really pretty and even bloom! They don't care if you are looking or not they just shine and bloom. No pretence, they are just loving their lives and thriving in the most unusual spaces.
So go be a weed. Thrive in the difficult places, be well fed and most of all shine just because you can💖💖
How’s your grocery bill looking these days? Mine has jumped up! But before you go all rogue and extreme on me with ideas of becoming Breatharian let's throw a few ideas around. I’m going to address protein as this is often first crossed off the list when budgets get tight. And refined carbs (think pasta, bread and rice) take its place as they are filling, affordable and easy. It’s like the perfect trifactor only it isn’t! They are a poor nutritional substitute for protein.
First up, why is protein important? It gets broken down to amino acids that are necessary for building and repairing muscle, neurotransmitters, hormones, immune function, blood sugar regulation, energy, absorption of other minerals…shall I go on? No wonder they are referred to as the building blocks of life! So we’ve established their necessity in your diet.
Next, what constitutes protein? This is pretty broad although many only associate it as being meat. Protein is contained to varying degrees in most foods but there are some with a good, quality bang for your buck and these are what we need to be eating to get enough. Meat is protein in all it’s forms, also eggs, cow’s, sheep and goat’s milk and related products. We can also look to nuts and seeds. And pulses or legumes. These are so versatile and super budget friendly.
Lastly, so what do I do with the more budget friendly options? Super question. Glad you asked. If you are a meat eater then look for cheaper cuts you can stew and stretch. By stretch I mean add pulses to get the meaty flavour but more plant based protein which means fibre. Awesome option. Also look at offal. I hear the collective ‘yuck’ from here but they are undeniably an excellent source of protein PLUS a whole host of other nutrients. Heart, yes heart, is the least offally offal as it’s a muscle. Lean, tender, you can even stuff with nuts and roast. It honestly tastes like regular meat. No kidding. Try it and let me know what you think!
Eggs! Eggs have the perfect amino acid profile. It has them all in natures wrapping in equal amounts. Omelettes, scrambled eggs, poached or fried, shakshuka, eggs Florentine, frittata, quiche and I haven’t even got to desserts. Go get some eggs!
I love pulses and legumes because they are full of fibre as well as protein. Think lentils, yellow split peas, chickpeas, navy or borlotti beans, cannellini etc. They soak up flavour and deliver a filling and homely meal without a big budget. If they make you farty then try soaking overnight to reduce the gas. Blend to make dips or patties, add to soups and stews, make baked beans (skip the sugary tins), chilli sans carne (no meat), nachos with the chilli, dahl, curries….its wild what you can do with the humble lentil or chickpea.
Bottom line folks, your health is invaluable. You need protein for your physical and mental health so don’t cut it from the list. Budgets are tight but you can make sure your meals are balanced without sacrificing your health.
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