I won’t pretend otherwise. It is wonderful to be re-united with coffee, curry, McDonald’s and tomato juice with Lea & Perrins. But I am some way from reverting to my pre-October food life.
I am making bread and yogurt. I am using fewer processed ingredients. For today’s lunch I nipped to Tesco Metro and bought a can of chopped tomatoes, some spices, some Chorizo and heated them up in the microwave. It tasted nice and felt creative (although it would have benefited from liquidising).
I am limiting the caffeine. After the surprise of caffeine withdrawal this time last month I am now allowing myself no more than two caffeinated coffees a day. I’ve bought decaf Nespresso capsules (they taste no different) and am having more tea. I will not be slipping back to the seven or eight a day that I must have been downing pre-October.
I think I am “achieving” more. Having spent an hour or more preparing food every October evening, I am finding time to tick a few things off the to-do list each evening before crashing out in front of the telly.
I am thinking about what comes next. I will probably do something similar next year and it would be nice to pin down a concept that can be described in a sentence rather than a paragraph. Next time I will plan lots of menu items in advance and prepare luxuries like pasta, wine, a range of frozen soups, cordials, jams, puddings, cakes, potatoes, garlic and a wider range of fruit and vegetables. We’re going to need a bigger freezer.
Thank you to everyone who sent me messages of support, encouragement and ideas. Every one made a difference, especially in the dark days towards the end of the first week. And even greater thanks to friends who dropped in gifts of wine, vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, nuts and fruit. These provided a variety that I had failed to prepare myself. And to Pippa and family for the loan of the bread machine.
I’m going to keep this blog open and occasionally post with thoughts and preparations for next year. Since a few people have asked, I lost three pounds over the month (from 14’13 to 14’10) although that was never an objective.
Thanks for being interested. It helped.