Happy 2018! Is there anything more hopeful that the beginning of a new year? The clean white pages of a new bullet journal ready for a years worth of plans. The belief that this year I will actually stick to my goals for the year…
I’ve seen a trend of the term ‘self care’ in resolutions shared on social media and that has been an idea at the forefront of my aims for 2018. Like most of the things in my home, my resolutions for the year are revolving around my kitchen. Here are a few of the goals I have set myself for the year ahead.
Eat Real Food
I often say that my introduction to learning to cook was when I discovered that eating tomatoes covered me in red lumpy eczema. I realised that I couldn’t eat any of the jar and packet food I had relied on to feed myself throughout university so I had to work out how to make my favourite meals from scratch. I thought that since then the majority of the food in my house was homemade. But after taking off the rose tinted glasses and having a real look at the food in my cupboard and fridge I realised just how many manufactured staples I use on a daily basis. Loafs of Hovis, tubs of chilled soup and can upon can of baked beans (for Dan not me) are all things that with a little effort (and for a lot less money) I could easily make myself. The health benefits of reducing the number of unpronounceable chemical ingredients are no secret. I don’t think I can honestly say that I could ever completely cut them out, or that I will be perfect every week but making my more food from scratch is something I want to work harder at this year.
Be Good To My Gut
Which leads to my next goal, better gut health. Towards the end of 2017 I started getting really bad stomach aches. Let me tell you, trying to prepare food for a photoshoot whilst not being able to stand up straight isn’t convenient. I realised that one of the culprits was the food photography industries lunch time Deliveroo habit. I couldn’t tell if I had introduced a new ingredient into my diet that was causing me pain because I had no idea what went into one of my main meals a day. As soon as I started to bring in my own lunch (and dealt with the eye rolls and mutterings that went with it) I felt instantly better.
That was definitely a good start but in 2018 I want to further improve my digestive system. My aim for January is to do three things daily:
1. Have a cup of homemade bone broth to help soothe and repair.
2. Have a good source of probiotics to help replenish the good bacteria in my gut (I’ve started my own kombucha scoby and sourdough starter in line with my first resolution)
3. Have at least one portion of dark green leafy vegetables which have been shown to help support the growth and diversity of probiotics in your system.
Create Less Waste
Just before Christmas BBC Breakfast News covered a story about the increasing issue with rubbish. How broken down plastic in the ocean was making its way up the food chain and had caused some dolphins milk to become so toxic it was killing their young. Also that food waste sent to landfill cannot decompose properly and is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
I am lucky to live in Hackney, an area that has a lot of waste lowering amenities that I usually ignore for convenience sake. I have a community compost bin in my buildings car park, access to greengrocers, butchers and bulk buy stores where you can bring your own non plastic containers to transport your shopping home. Whilst it will take me a little longer to shop than my usual 20 minutes on the Ocado app I know I have the time in my schedule, especially if I cut back on my Netflix habit.
Does anyone have similar goals this year? Or have been living like this for a while and have some tips that could help me?
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