Here we go again with the second lockdown , a little later than expected but we are here non the less. The first lockdown taught me to switch up my business game.... and to do it fast as it was sink or swim for those of us in the hospitality industry luckily I have always been the type of person to find a little bit of a silver lining in all situations and just get on with it and I happy to say my mental health did not suffer in fact it actually got better as I was not working as hard as I was pre covid 19 yet still not a massive change to my income, no stress of the actual running of the cafe, the sun was shining and the days were long enough to prepare food to eat alfresco heading to the beach or the countryside in my trusty VW RocketVan Elton for some R&R which is something I hadn't done for myself for a long time. Second time round is a lot different as the nights have drawn in, more hardships for some self employed, job losses and of course being seperated again from friends and family, brexit looming and confusion from the governmen has not helped so this time round I feel a little on edge though I am grateful for the amazing support for my little Plant based food delivery business and feeling the love from my amazing customers whom a lot have become firm friends over the years and boy are keeping keeping me busy.
Nutrition is something that we feel is key to keeping a day to day healthy life balance, what we feed our bodies affects how we feel and how our bodies cope with all that life throws at us... feed it with processed, fried food, meat and dairy heavy diets and our bodies will feel sluggish and start showing symtoms of fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains along with depression in some cases as all of these foods are flammatory which causes stress to our bodies which in turn makes us feel down and unenthused to get up and out to do things while on the other hand if we feed ourselves with a rainbow of colour and that is what life will throw right back at you. Fresh live foods from the earth make you feel just that and an all round balance of food groups allows us to have a few naughty treats when we want to so it's not about dieting and contol its about introducing healthy habits until they are just that...everyday happenings that we dont really have to think about. So while you are in lockdown an on furlough why not teach yourself a new dish to add to your cooking repertoire or if your too busy as lockdown has had the opposite effect why not order from our weekly menu to inspire you to get out your pots and pans. Choose a dish that will help give you mental clarity, foods that feed your brain with healthy fats and anti inflamatory foods to ease your body in the colder weather and flood your body wirh seratonin and B vitamins... here is a little list of foods that will do just that. Pick out your favourites and enter them into google search with the word recipe and get coooking...
Paula donaldson, Recipe Writer, Retreat Chef, Wanderer and Dog Lover