This isn’t the post I was going to write for you today. I was going to tell you all about immune boosting food and recipes to keep healthy in the current times. Then it dawned on me that you probably all already know in theory how to eat healthily and to look yourselves; we are all just struggling at times to execute this in our busy lives. I will repeat what you know: get enough sleep, be kind to yourselves and others, eat regular meals with loads of fruit and veg, find nutritious foods that you actually enjoy eating, try not to drink too much alcohol bla bla bla. Yet being stressed and worried is also a BIG factor in weakening our immune systems. So, let’s not beat ourselves up too much and have some stress-busting fun instead. Here are my top 15 (food related) suggestions… enjoy!
1 Go to the supermarket and buy 2 or 3 items of food that you wouldn’t usually buy that are slightly out of your comfort zone. If you feel in the sharing mood you can let me know what you got and whether this was a success or not… I’d love to hear about it.
2 Bake a lovely cake for someone you think deserves it.. your mother, your colleague, your friend, you. If it doesn’t turn out well a) give it to them anyway, it’s the thought that counts or b) scoff the lot yourself, they’ll never know!
3 Make a meal plan for next week including some tasty and replenishing suppers. I’m thinking home made chicken soup with loads of veg in it.. I recommend the one in Good Housekeeping Express, my favourite after work recipe book at the moment.
4 Go out for a romantic meal with your partner or catch up with an old friend for lunch somewhere beautiful with a view… Ferny grove farm anyone?
5 Make a new cocktail .. (I do this every bank holiday) Find the recipe on the internet or buy a book such as The Little Book of Cocktails by Rufus Cavendish. Get some fancy coloured glasses from a charity shop to serve them in.
6 Start digging your veg patch or think about starting one. If this isn’t practical how about some herbs to grow on your windowsill? Go retro with some cress?
7 Give your kitchen cupboards a thorough clear out and clean the shelves. Ditch the out of date stuff and think of ways of using up the other bits. Have a little dance along to music on the radio while you do this.
8 Cycle to the pub.. exercise and relaxation, this is my usual Friday night combination…11 mins there, 18 mins back due to the drunken weaving around.. ONLY JOKING! (This works for me as there is a cycle path all the way to the pub and I do not drink that much).
9 Go to the library and get some inspiring cookbooks. Invite friends and family round to try out a new recipe on. Or share a takeaway with friends. Or host a cheese and wine evening? (I’m on a roll now, or is it a Ciabatta? Ha ha).
10 Turn your fruit bowl into award winning still life and draw or paint it, or take some artistic photos of it. Enter your picture in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for a laugh, although you’ll have to wait til next year as entry for this year has now closed.
11 Watch the film Julie & Julia. Try to recreate the experience by obsessively following one cook book trying to rustle up every recipe within it. I have already done this in the form of “Delia and Gail”. I did over 350 recipes from Delia’s complete cookery course from sauces to souffles to puddings. It definitely made me a better cook. Husband still raves about the crab soufflé.
12 Get some proper fish and chips from the chip shop, preferably at a traditional British seaside town and eat them out of the greasy paper to the sound of the majestic waves. Ignore any big, fat, greedy seagulls. Ignore any thoughts about calories or cholesterol.
13 Go for a walk around your local neighbourhood taking a different route from usual. Wear gloves (oops I nearly said wear clothes then!! Of course wear clothes unless you are a naturist and not in fear of being arrested). Wear gloves, pick up litter and put it in a bin bag. Reward yourself with a big pat on the back and a nice coffee, tea, hot chocolate of your choice.
14 Run up and down your stairs 10 times followed by 10 star jumps. Celebrate your efforts with a biscuit. If you can’t be bothered to do the first bit have the biscuit anyway, life is short! But only one mind you x
15 Start a food blog. If I can do it with no training, so can you! Follow your blog’s WordPress statistics with map showing where in the world your blog has spread. It’s like the Coronavirus map only a lot, lot happier. I am proud to say that TWW is already being viewed in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Israel and the Netherlands. Spread world peace through food. ❤️👍
If feeling inclined to do so you can let me know in the Comments section below or email me what you did from 1-15 if any and how it worked out for you. It would be nice if we could create a little community here on TWW.
Disclaimer: I am not paid to promote or link to anything shown on TWW. If I recommend or link to a product or place this is my personal, honest recommendation. If you do something silly that I may have suggested please note you do so at your own risk and I will not be held responsible.. but I will probably send you lots of love and internet hugs to speed your recovery🤗 .