Yesterday Fibromyalgia Set Me Free to . . .
. . . attend a coffee morning for the Friends of Wistaria Surgery Lymington, Hampshire as a volunteer champion for Hampshire’s Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) campaign, with Mike Culver from Hampshire County Council’s Waste Prevention Team.
We had been invited to give a talk on how to waste less food and save more money. In reality, our audience of retired ladies and gentlemen already practiced most of the ideas being promoted by LFHW, but nonetheless it was a most enjoyable morning.
It’s always reassuring to talk to other people who care about food and food wastage. Even though the planning activity we had prepared to share gave tips already known to this group, it was wonderful to hear how skills that had been developed at a younger age continued into later life. One lady shared how she plans, cooks in batches and freezes her meals for the week ahead – a habit formed from when she was working and had little time. Another lady talked of creating her own ready meals and freezing them for ‘emergencies’. All these skills we must pass on to the most wasteful group in the UK, our 16-24 year olds.
I was able to share one tip on freezing in response to a lady concerned about freezing uncooked food in case it had already been frozen in supermarket storage:
If you cook raw food that has been frozen you change its molecular structure and therefore it is perfectly safe to freeze.
There was much discussion about the use of a freezer to prevent waste and one gentleman pointed out the danger of having a freezer that is too large for your requirements. Freezers used when children are living at home are likely to be too large for one or two people; the danger being that items may get lost at the bottom and end up being thrown away. Of course, one way to avoid this is to keep a list of what goes in and out of your freezer. Another was mentioned in a post from LFWH that I found on Facebook when I returned home from the meeting:
Have a freezer meal once a week so as to actually use the things you have frozen.
This is one of the best posts I have read from LFHW and I really wish I had known this following tip before today’s meeting:
Pour left over wine into ice cube trays and freeze to use in sauces such as Bolognaise.
Not that there’s ever any left over wine in our house! But food for thought.
Positively Living with Fibromyalgia
Volunteering for a cause you believe in is a wonderful way to boost your self-esteem and focus on something other than the your fibromyalgia symptoms.