I’ve been pretty quiet on here, work has been insanely busy and all elements of balance have pretty much been thrown out the window.
I’m very much going to stay in my own lane here with regards to advice on what to do – personally I’m trying to limit where possible contact with large groups of people etc.
We were due to go to Paris this weekend to see Ireland V France in the 6 Nations (something I’d been looking forward to for months) and long before it was officially called off had made the decision not to travel. Instead I took the day yesterday to do a little bit of life admin and I feel all the better for it.
All over the world we’re seeing mass flocking to supermarkets for essentials – last week I saw a video of people in Australia fighting over toilet paper, this week we’ve experienced ques, shortages etc here in Ireland.
I’ve put together a couple of useful shopping tips which I hope will be of use to you. The most important thing to remember is that will eventually pass.
The number one thing for me at the moment is that we all need to be sound. I can’t stress this enough – everyone is in the same boat here so please don’t overdo it in the shops by buying all of the soap on one shelf, 10,000 loaves of bread etc.
Similarly, if you have elderly neighbours, check in with them before you head out to see if they need anything.
Stock up on cupboard staples like chopped tomatoes, tins of chickpeas, oats etc things that you can use to stretch out meals and that won’t go out of date too quickly.
When buying vegetables, stock up on both fresh & frozen. Don’t forget that you can also freeze fresh vegetables when you bring them home – I’ve gotten into this recently and it’s great for eliminating food waste and also saves time during the week as they’re chopped and ready to go.
Use your fridge and freezer wisely. Operate a last in first out method here to ensure you are not wasting anything.
Put raw food straight into the freezer as soon as you buy it.
If you thaw something out to use it and aren’t going to get around to eating it – once you change it’s state it can then be frozen for use at a later stage.
EG – if it’s a raw chicken breast which you defrost, you can cook it and then freeze.
Finally – Support local businesses where you can, be it favouring small supermarkets, keeping your memberships with local gyms, buying a voucher for a future date at a family run restaurant etc.
Stay safe and we’ll get through this together, Nicola xx