I take food very seriously.
I love eating and I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes -and giving them a new and personal twist.
Since I took my vipassana course (read all about the wonderful present I gave myself here: The birthday presents I gave myself-part 1) I stopped eating dinner and I now eat only twice a day- but wow those two meals are such a mindful treat every day. packed full of vitamins and protein, homemade to the core, vegan (naturally) , nutritious, flavourful, and most important- yummmmmmmmmmmmy!
Preparing delicious homemade nutritious food on a daily basis is a time-consuming task. this is not something you can avoid. This is not a problem or a deal breaker pour moi, I don’t see it as a waste of time- au contraire. I look at time spent in the kitchen to prepare a great tasty and nutritious meal- as time well spent.
It is an alternative way for me to be creative- I don’t know how to draw or paint, and my clay “masterpieces” is best not mentioned. so you see there is a hidden artist inside me just waiting to be heard and the culinary route is a very efficient way to express your creativity.
I believe another important aspect is involved.
Being frugal for a long time in a very consumer-minded society might make you feel at times- as if you are somewhat “deprived” of “life’s pleasures”.
This, of course, is false, but if you are on a deliberately tight budget on account of a cognitive decision to save money and thus promote your chances of early retirement, then you might, at times, miss those totally indulgent lazy coffee shop days or hotel vacations or whatever budget free lifestyle you had before the cutbacks.
Indulging yourself in good homemade nutritious food is a great alternative way to feel indulgent without spending money. I’ve written about this before here: Why it’s so important to keep indulging yourself and Indulging yourself #2.
Another lesson I’ve learned (recently) is that the human mind is such a genius device, that the instant I applied for early retirement at my workplace, I found it more and more difficult to go to work.
I’ve been in public service for approximately 30 years now, and in my whole life as a worker I never experienced such difficulties to get up and go to work.
I believe this to be the mind’s way to let go gradually of my “get up and go to work” habit, one that has been established after so many years at work.
The mental aspect of retirement is not one to dismiss lightly, in my humble opinion. I am no psychologist but I’ve heard many people describe feelings of loss and sadness-and yes I am talking about people who asked to retire- not retired against their will.
We are creatures of habit, and although I know full well that the right thing for me is early retirement- It is important in my opinion to address this gradually and mindfully.
All of this was to say that indulging myself with good food- is a great comfort and helps to make my day at work a much better day.
How do I go about this indulgence?
It’s fall here, and taking frozen shakes to work doesn’t cut it anymore.
here is the great alternative i’ve found:
from left to right:
raw almonds-given to us by our neighbours
a frozen &cut ahead banana
cooked dried prunes in syrup (homemade )
vegan yogurt (home-made)
mixed granola&ground flax seeds
I use my hand blender shown in the picture to blend the frozen bananas &vegan yogurt, add a little granola &flax seeds, add the rest of the granola to the prunes-after heating the prunes for a minute in the microwave- and eat both ever so happily, followed by munching on the almonds.
This is a nutritious, healthy and filling breakfast and it combines ingredients I love and prepared myself.
I take all this to work in my cooler bag, and enjoy my breakfast immensely, although at my work desk and not at home.
today for lunch I had homemade bean stew & self-grown lentil sprouts.
healthy&protein packed &tasty.
enjoy- the cooliflower.