Sometimes you just have a crappy week and for some reason this one has been especially hard.
As an experiment we’ve decided to cut dairy out of our diet – this has created some challenges. To be honest, most of the time it’s been fun to experiment with new recipes. Having said that, not having a big block of cheese in the fridge to fall back on has been both good and bad.
The good: Fewer snacks when we get home from work.
The bad: No easy packed lunches and quick risottos at the weekend.
Last night was particularly hard – it had been a long week, and all we wanted was something quick and unhealthy to eat. Pizza was off the menu (cheese) and we were low on ingredients for any of the other quick indulgent meals we’d normally default to.
In the end I bought some veggie burgers and a bottle of wine from Sainsbury’s and made some chips. Sometimes you just need to eat junk and drink wine 🙂
The other challenge we’ve been dealing with this week is the response from some of our friends to this blog and the subjects we’ve been exploring.
It made me realise that friends and family will always struggle to understand our motivation for changing aspects of how we live your lives. They’ve known us for years, so when we start going on about being intentional or embracing minimalism or a plant based diet, they naturally can only see it along side the context of the much longer relationship and history they have with us.
Some of the people we know have gone a step further and seen the articles we’ve written as being some kind of judgement on their lives (presumably not the bread recipe – bread doesn’t judge). This has been especially upsetting (two of them have severed ties with us as a result), because we don’t want them to see us as sitting in judgement – we’re not, this is really just about our journey and insights.
The epiphany I had yesterday, after we received a rather dramatic message from a friend saying that she was ‘unfriending’ us, was that we’re not doing this for our friends or family. We’re doing it for ourselves and others – because we think that there are people out there who may find inspiration and value in what we’re discovering.
Anyway, it’s the weekend – so we’re going to focus on having a lovely family focused couple of days eating lovely food and drinking lovely wine!
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