Experiment 3- Food from Scratch

Reflections from a busy woman!

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So 4 days only eating food I have made from scatch? My initial reaction was that this was not realistic AT ALL! I am one of the many very busy people of this world - yes I am a working mum, but I know being busy is common to many of us, with or without children. I admit that I was more negative about this experiment than the previous which made me question why? I don't particularly enjoy cooking, but I absolutely understand that being connected with food is important. I also feel that food should create feelings of joy and gratitude.

Why these emotions specifically? As a younger woman I battled with issues around food - using it at times to fill an emotional void, at other times as a form of punishment. It never brought with it feelings of positivity, rather shame and often, disgust. In time I made peace with aspects of myself and with food. I started eating less sugar and reducng portions - my weight reduced, stabilised and I now generally eat with a joyful attitude, knowing that I am, most of the time, nourishing my body.

I strongly believe gratitude goes with this. I have been a vegetarian since I was 14 years old. I made this decision with that wonderful teenage passion that enables you to respond to the injustice you feel you see around you. I hated the commercialisation of the meat industry and didn't want to be part of it. Now two of my children have made the choice to be vegetarian. I feel that as a family we must always be grateful for this choice to remove a food group from our meals - so many people in the world never have this choice as they try and find whatever they can to eat. The fact that I can cook balanced meals for myself and my family is such a blessing.

So then, what of this challenge? I couldn't take this on fully as I really don't have the time to embrace 4 days wholly, but I have reflected on the food I do eat and have attempted when I can, to eat what I can almost from scratch. I realise that perhaps we have got into a bit of an eating rut - easily done when you are busy and you are feeding 6 people with different likes and dislikes! I also realise how I love simple foods - porridge, rice, eggs, natural yoghurt, fruit, vegetables - none of these take long to make and provide nutritious meals.

I believe, whatever we eat, if we know we are making mindful decisions based on nutrition, joy and gratitude then we are being kind to ourselves, the environment we live in and renewing those connections on a daily basis. On relection, I think that clarifying this is my mind is a movement forward in itself and so this experiment has, after all, had a successful ending!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


Go to the profile of Ellen Rowlands
about 6 years ago
I'm also vegetarian and I find it is so easy to get stuck in a food rut. There's so many wonderful recipes out there. but they can take a while to cook, cost quite a bit and require elaborate ingredients. Even committing to a few days a week from scratch feels like a challenge.
Go to the profile of Sophie Deacon
about 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing. Lunch at work is definitely a struggle, with crisps, snacks and chocolate so easy to grab.
Go to the profile of Jacqui
about 6 years ago
Thank you Ellen and Sarah. I'm not sure I helped anyone else much with this challenge! It is a worthwhile experiment but I do think we have to be kind to ourselves about this. We do the best we can depending on the circumstances of the day!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 6 years ago
you helped me remember that those ruts we get stuck in happen everywhere in our lives! chuffed you got something out of it and appreciate the challenge of it. x