One thing that has been bothering me for quite some time is the way I eat.
Food and I have had a strange relationship throughout my life. I know what choices I should make, but I never seem to be able to stick with those choices. I've realised lots of things about myself since I've been living on my own, and have recently made a concerted effort to try to eat better, but food still consumes my thoughts.
Things were obviously easier when I lived at home. Mutti would cook every night, and even prepare my lunches for me for work (I know, spoiled or what). But, now I'm on my own, I lack motivation.
Part of the problem is that I have absolutely no enthusiasm for cooking. None at all. And cooking for one? Pretty much the most boring and depressing thing. I don't enjoy it, I don't like the time it takes and the mess it leaves.
I'm not remotely overweight, so that's not a problem. I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, that I actually eat fairly well. I don't drink coffee or fizzy drinks (US translation: soda). I don't drink a lot of alcohol, I don't eat crisps (US translation: chips), or a whole load of chocolate or cake. In the UK, we don't have the same culture of eating out; I go to a restaurant less than once a month. Let me take you through a typical day:
A bowl of Alpen with semi-skimmed milk
Sandwich on seeded or granary bread... usually cheese and pickle.
At least one piece of fruit, sometimes two or three (grapes, banana, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes)
Sometimes something else if I don't have enough fruit, such as a piece of Soreen, a pack of oatcakes or a hot cross bun. Occasionally a chocolate biscuit.
And usually at work I will have at least two cups of tea, and a litre of squash. To be honest there is very little variation in this part of my diet.
The problem, is dinner.
I don't really like mentioning work on this blog as I try to remain fairly anonymous, but I have a job that keeps me reasonably active (a lot of walking, some heavy lifting) and when I get home I am TIRED. And then I usually have a lot of paperwork to do in the evenings. I don't have the time or inclination to cook for a long time, so my dinners are usually one of the following:
Beans on toast
Soup from a can
Frozen ready meal
I'm also guilty of a) not eating dinner, b) eating five doughnuts, and c) eating a pack of chocolate bourbons. And I just told you I don't eat a lot of chocolate or cake!
So my questions for you are: How do you find the motivation to cook in the evening? Do you have any tips on cooking for one? Do you have any simple and quick recipes I could try?