Daily Archives: 04/04/2016

#6 A Simplicious Challenge: Let the lady bleed in peace!

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

Over the last few months, doing this Simplicious Challenge has gotten me thinking about the ways I consume in other areas of my life, rather than just in relation to food – which is probably the point. But in the process, I have found that looking more generally at my consumption habits, beyond just food, is far more confronting.

About 18 months ago, I wrote a blog post about beating myself up for making particular choices as a consumer. Particularly for what I felt was a hypocrisy of sorts – that I would take reusable green bags to the supermarket, but use masses of cling wrap at home. Or make my own baby purees, but use regular disposable nappies. I’d avoid buying Nestle products, but bought Nike shoes for my son. At the time, as I agonised over the ethics of my decision-making, I observed the impact it was having on my mental health. I decided I had to stop allowing my personal guilt to affect my anxiety, whilst continuing to (gently) push my own boundaries a little at a time, which I have continued to do. I thought that the most important thing was that we all just keep trying, rather than feel overwhelmed by all the possible changes we could make in every area of our lives. Most importantly, I felt – and still feel – that we should try to avoid judging others for the decisions they make, which are influenced by a whole bunch of factors. We start where we are. And let others start where they are.

So that’s why I got pissed off when this happened:

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