Portlanders are a pretty food-savvy bunch. We know what to ask about the provenance of our food. We pay attention to ingredients, to gluten, to dairy, to grass-fed/free-range/high-omega-3/sustainability parameters (except when we just go for a donut.)
So it sometimes surprises me that folks who know what to eat often don’t know how to eat. And while great food matters, what’s the point if we don’t digest it well? more “Do you know how to eat?”
Rule zero: There are no rules beyond those of physics: If you heat it too much, it will burn. Conversely, if you don’t heat it enough it may crack your teeth. And that would hurt. more “Dr. O’s Food Rules”
Eating is not optional. But when it’s just you, it becomes so easy to let things slide. You eat out. You skip meals. You call cereal dinner.
To some extent, this happens to anyone living alone. People Who Cook can reframe their thinking and find the joy in solo cooking. It’s harder for The Rest of Us.
For a brief, partnered time, I was sort of a Person Who Cooked. And then we split up. And I was once again a Single Grrrl Eating Alone.
I’ve had plenty of time to mine the pitfalls of this lifestyle: brain fog, fatigue, fluctuating weight, mood and blood sugar. And over the years I’ve developed some food strategies to manage those pitfalls.
I know these challenges are not unique to me, and I’m here to share my solutions.
I’m not likely to become a Person Who Cooks for the fun of it. But I have become someone who puts together healthy, nourishing food that supports my overall well being. I hope my strategies can help you, too.