So 2017 has been a crazy year and I thought it might be helpful to list out some of the things I’ve learned along the way. I think learning is such an important thing to reflect on – we never stop. I’m 29 next year (gasp) and still not quite sure where walnuts really come from. So there you go.
You CAN do it
One thing strength training has taught me is that my body and my mind are a lot stronger than I thought they were. Your biggest enemy can be your attitude, if you think you can’t succeed at something, you won’t get there. Believing in yourself and your own abilities, whether it’s in the gym or outside of it, is so important. I now weigh up difficult life situations against weights. I lifted x, so I can damn well do y.
Dried mushrooms are delicious
Can you believe I never cooked with dried mushrooms until this year? Well I did, and they’re life changing. Definitely worth the extra faff and expense. If you see some, buy them. And buy them for your friends too, spread the word.
If it looks like raw chicken, it is raw chicken
I was unfortunate enough to have food poisoning twice this year in the space of around five weeks. The first time was some cured meats at room temperature on a very hot day (restaurant’s fault) the second was from noticing my chicken satay from a food truck was a bit pink but eating it anyway (food truck + my fault). The gist is, be careful with your food, follow your gut (literally) and if it doesn’t look right it certainly is NOT worth the life ruining sickness.
Recycle your damn plastic
We all saw Blue Planet 2. We all need to change how we use and recycle plastic, and in general how we look after our planet. We only get one shot at looking after this place, so turn off the lights if you’re not using them, stop buying plastic wrapped food, take the bus or the train, get a plastic coffee cup. Small inconveniences to us will extend the life of our planet and it’s inhabitants for generations after ours. Let’s stop being so bloody selfish about it and sort it out.
Pressure cooking is GREAT
As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’ve found an amazing opportunity this year and now work for High Street TV, a multi channel retailer with a whole host of amazing kitchen products. One of these is the Pressure King Pro and it’s truly changed how I cook. It’s like using a slow cooker, but FAST. I would never have chosen to use one but I can’t look back now and recommend pressure cooking to everyone, like some crazy pressure cooking person on commission (I’m not on commission).
If 2017 has taught us anything though it’s how to handle ourselves in tricky times. Be nice to strangers, don’t push in front of people and look after your friends and family. We’re all in this mess together.
Stock photos from Unsplash.