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Executive Functioning Food Hacks

by | Dec 18, 2023 | Uncategorized

More Than Just the Basic Senses: Deepening Our Understanding of Interoception

While common knowledge limits human senses to just five, the truth is, we experience the world through many more. Interoception, a lesser-known but vital sense, provides us with internal cues about our physical state, like hunger, thirst, and fatigue. This sense can be particularly nuanced and challenging for autistic individuals, making everyday tasks like following a healthy diet more complex than it seems for others. Understanding and accommodating these unique sensory experiences is key to fostering a more inclusive and understanding environment.

Navigating Culinary Challenges: Juggling Life’s Demands and Parenting

In the whirlwind of daily life, especially while parenting a child with additional needs, I found myself struggling to balance my time and energy. This often led to a dependence on quick, ready-to-eat meals as a way to cope with the overwhelming demands of life and parenting. The realization that this was not sustainable sparked a desire for change, urging me to find a healthier, more manageable approach to feeding myself and my family.

Embracing Kitchen Upgrades: A Journey Towards Culinary Rediscovery

I’m a firm believer in the power of upgrades, not just in technology, but in all facets of life, including the kitchen. My journey towards a culinary rediscovery began with revamping my kitchenware. High-quality pots, pans, and knives transformed cooking from a chore into an enjoyable experience. My cookbook choices, focused on simplicity and efficiency like those from BBC Goodfood, were pivotal in this transformation. They offered recipes that were easy to follow and quick to prepare. An interesting discovery I made was the convenience of freezing eggs in an ice cube tray, a hack that has been a game-changer in my kitchen routine. Just remember to pop them out the tray and put them in a freezer bag, take them out and thaw at room temperature when you need to use them in a recipe.

Effective Meal Planning: Strategies for Success

Starting with a few selected recipes, I gradually built a detailed shopping list. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, I broke the list into smaller, more manageable segments. This methodical approach not only simplified grocery shopping but also ensured my freezer was stocked with a variety of meals, ready whenever needed. Don’t forget to think about what you’re putting with the main meal, do you need rice, potatoes veg etc? 

Autistic-Friendly Grocery Shopping: Overcoming Challenges with Structure

Grocery shopping presented unique challenges, especially from an autistic perspective. To tackle this, I embraced my autistic traits, meticulously planning my shopping trips. Grouping similar items together an alternative would be to colour-code the list to help make the process more manageable and less stressful. This structured approach significantly reduces the chances of becoming overwhelmed and helps avoid stress-induced meltdowns.

Smart Cooking Tips: Easy Flavours in Every Bite

I discovered that using pre-prepped ingredients like garlic, ginger, and chilies greatly reduced cooking time. Opting for quality ingredients from farm shops not only saved time but also enhanced the flavors of my dishes. This approach to cooking brought organisation and taste together, making each meal less complex and easier to put together.

Maximizing Kitchen Efficiency: One-Pot Wonders and More

My strategy for efficient cooking revolves around one-pot recipes and the trusty slow cooker and crock pots. These tools allow me to prepare multiple meals simultaneously, filling my freezer with a variety of healthy options. This approach has streamlined my cooking process, making it less daunting and more enjoyable.

Diversity in Diet: Balancing Ease and Variety

While I appreciate a diverse diet, I prioritize ease and efficiency in my meal preparation. For daily lunches, I often opt for Huel, a nutritious, hassle-free option that fits seamlessly into my busy schedule. For family meals, batch cooking remains my mainstay, supplemented with quick mid-week dishes and this isn’t something I do but options for pre-prepared breakfast like scrambled eggs, pancakes, and porridge etc… can make all meals easier for the entire family.

Kitchen Organization: The Key to Culinary Harmony

Investing in quality storage solutions has been crucial in organizing my kitchen. Reusable containers with multiple compartments are particularly useful for separating and storing different components of meals, making reheating and serving a breeze.

A Renewed Culinary Journey: Health and Well-being at the Forefront

Restarting this culinary journey wasn’t just about convenience; it was a necessary step towards better health and well-being. After a brief hiatus, I recommitted to this approach, motivated by the need to address weight gain and the impact of convenient fast food options. This renewed effort has significantly reduced my stress levels, cut down on impromptu takeouts, and provided more relaxation time. The impact on my mental and physical health has been profound, contributing to a healthier lifestyle and a more balanced state of mind.

Upcoming Projects: Collaboration and Neurodivergent-Focused Workshops

Looking ahead, I’m excited about an upcoming collaboration within my new membership with an ND food coach. Together, we plan to offer a practical workshops specifically designed for the neurodivergent community. This workshop will provide valuable insights and strategies, reflecting a neurodivergent perspective on navigating daily challenges.

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