Let’s talk about that weekly food shop shall we…
All the thinking of what you might possibly want to eat a whole week away, planning how to make it, writing down all the ingredients you’ll need. Rummaging through the pretty much already stuffed cupboards, the fridge and the freezer, searching for food you could possibly include in the dinners over the next week and finally sitting down and writing a shopping list.
Then… driving, yes, always driving because you’re buying a full week of food for five people so you need to take the car just to haul it all back with. Then the whole ‘have I got a trolley token, sufficient supply of reusable bags’ performance. Followed closely with bargaining with the kids about what treats they can have if only they’ll behave in a reasonable manner for the next two hours as you trawl up and down aisle, after aisle after aisle.
Negotiating 600 square miles of toy department, clothes, home accessories and the technology section, just to get to the food. Stamping back 300 miles to distant corners of the vast supermarket to go get things you forgot to pick up when you last passed that aisle nearly an hour ago…
Well. Not for me any longer thank you. I can’t be bothered trying to decide on a Monday what I may fancy eating next Sunday night. I’m done with hauling home tonnes of food and I’m so over spending so much of a second of my time in a packed out supermarket with three kids on a weekend.
So here’s what I’ve been doing instead… just walking. Yes, walking to the little local shops or picking up something whilst I’m out. Sometimes a Tesco Express, sometimes a Co-op, sometimes the little butchers, or the farm shop, bakery or local independent convenience shop. And I do it everyday. I pick up whatever it is I fancy cooking and eating that day. And here’s what I’ve noticed…
- I feel less stressed, less constrained and bizarrely more free to just do as I please.
- I come across cute little ‘shops’ and because I’ve not got a stash of food back home I can take advantage of the situation and buy something lovely.
- I’m spending less money, I’m not getting drawn into deals, multi-buy offers or the like. I’m buying just what I know I need for that day.
- I’m wasting less, I do a quick check of the fridge, see if anything needs using up that day and then decide what I fancy and how I can use it up.
- I’m eating more simply – think one pan, 30 minutes type recipes.
- It fits in with life so much easier. With a hectic family/work life thing’s change all the time and eating like this means it’s just more simple. If it turns out to be a really busy day and time runs away, then I’d buy something really quick to make – maybe bread, cheese and fruit and make a super quick but still healthy dinner. So there’s no wasting food when I run out of time to cook it.
- If we decide to eat out that night, off we go – nothing is wasted.
- At weekends I may call in at the shop a couple of times – maybe pick up croissants for breakfast and then pick up something for dinner later in the day.
- I’m healthier as I’m doing more exercise.
- It’s quicker – I’m literally in a shop for 5 minutes a day instead of the hours of mind numbing shopping at the weekend.
It just feels better. It feels a more natural way to live life and the huge benefit (apart for toning my legs with the additional walking…) is that I always get to eat exactly what I fancy, when I fancy it.