Eating crap

I’m not one of these people that eats seeds and salad and claims to be ‘not hungry’. You won’t catch me Instagramming a plate of leaves, an egg white and a homemade smoothie and claim to be looking forward to my ‘dinner’. Because I eat proper food.

But I’m a vegetarian and I have IBS. Over the years, I’ve perfected a diet that just about works for me and keeps me feeling reasonable. And, apart from the excessive Green & Blacks habit, it’s a pretty healthy way of eating.

The thing I was dreading most about not having the kitchen was being unable to cook. (I use the word ‘cook’ in its loosest sense, as my cooking is basically stir-frying vegetables and eating them with pasta or noodles for me and putting frozen crap food in the oven for my kids.)

Plan A) was buy a mini hob/ oven thing for about £100 and sell it again for £50. Plan B) was buy a secondhand mini hob/ oven thing for £50. Plan C) was borrow a two-ring hob thing from a friend for no money at all. Brilliant! We could make spaghetti bolognese on that. Couldn’t we?

With the kitchen removed and the electrics still in, we proudly boiled a pan of rice on the mini hob. It worked! It wasn’t even much slower than our old hob. We had high hopes that we could cook more on the mini hob.

Then the electrics went.

There was nowhere to plug the little hob in – somehow I didn’t think a settee or the landing carpet would be an appropriate or safe place to do it.

We’d moved our ‘kitchen’ into our utility – filled the cupboards to bursting and had the fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle in there, along with the dishwasher and washing machine which are always there (the tumble drier and freezer got relegated to the garage). There was no space for a two-ring hob and there was no power. The utility was lit by a torch and powered by two extension cables run from what remained of the dining room. We had strict instructions not to run two appliances off either of the extension cables – so you could have the fridge and the dishwasher going, but not the fridge, the washing machine and the microwave.

Utility room, Kitchen, New kitchen, Extension cable

Powered by extension cable…

 

 

So we bought microwave meals on the first day – curries, lasagnes and cottage pies. It wasn’t too bad. The next day we had McDonald’s. Day three was back to microwave meals (thank goodness we didn’t spend £100 on a mini hob/ oven thing). I ate my Quorn cottage pie and I felt dreadful.

I just can’t eat crap. Not even Quorn crap. My body was crying out for a fresh vegetable. Not just one, a great pile of them. Most days my tea contains a whole pepper, whole onion and whole carrot. I was still eating fruit, but it wasn’t enough. IBS, plus microwave meals, plus the side effects of the antibiotics I’m still on was just too much.

Microwave meals, New kitchen, Cooking, Eating

I felt and looked fat, but I weighed less. The portions in microwave meals are small, but they’re full of fat, so I lost weight due to the reduced portions and calories, but gained fat due to the crap ingredients in the meals.

On day four I boiled the kids a pan of pasta! I boiled the kettle in the utility room, then moved the extension cable to the dining room to plug in the mini hob. Then I moved the extension cable back to the utility to warm up some baked beans in the microwave. I felt like I’d run a marathon just for a pan of pasta.

Mini hob, Cooking, New kitchen, Eating

I don’t ever lose my appetite or ‘forget to eat’ (seriously, how do people do that?), but at that moment I’d seriously lost my appetite. The microwave meals were waiting for me in the fridge, but they would make me feel dreadful, and I couldn’t face the effort involved in just boiling a pan of pasta, before I’d even started on cooking some vegetables or bolognese.

I’d figured being without a cooker would be inconvenient. I didn’t think it would leave me feeling quite so rough.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I feel your pain. When I had my kitchen done I was so grateful that the builders left me my oven for as long as they possibly could, but my saviour was my slow cooker. Hopefully it won’t be too long now before you at least have a hob back.

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    • Thanks very much! Just a few more days! We’ve actually got the oven back now, but couldn’t get near it today due to floor tiles going down, so ended up having another McDonalds!

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  2. We were the same the week prior to moving and the week we moved into the house, beans on toast, pasta and micro meals, the time in-between which turned out to be 10 we lived in a hotel and got tired of eating out every night, i piled the weight on and started eating more in-between meals also, since we’ve settled into the new house and got the cooker up and running its been much better, but ti’s taking it’s time to lose the weight and feel healthy again

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    • It must have been hard eating like that for so long. Eating out is probably better for you in terms of a balanced diet, but the portions are too big to do it too often! Good luck with starting to feel healthy again.

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  3. I must admit to being one of those people that forgets to eat sometimes, largely just because I get so absorbed in tasks etc that I lose track of time and it’s either only an hour or so until dinner or it’s too late to eat. I feel for you being without a cooker, eating crap makes me feel crap too. When we first moved in here we lived off fast food/meals out/takeaways for a week. I was crying for a plate of vegetables by the time the cooker came and even Harry asked for salad!

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    • I’m always fascinated by people who forget to eat, it just seems so alien to me! I’m the only member of my family who is craving vegetables, that’s because nobody else eats many anyway!

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  4. You could all come round to mine one day and i could cook something nice for you? I’m actually quite a good cook. X

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    • Thank you, that’s such a kind offer! x

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  5. Gah! What a nightmare! i get IBS as well. It’s so awful. The more I read about your kitchen the more I think I will have move house if we get ours done! x

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    • Sorry! It is awful, I just find the whole thing exhausting. I think you just need a nice three week holiday while it’s sorted! x

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  6. Oh no. Sorry to hear you’re having such a harsh time, Sarah. We’re just about to embark on having our kitchen done, starting next week, and we’re busy trying to prepare ourselves for at least a couple of weeks with little more than a microwave and a bunch of takeaway menus. The kids will probably think it’s a grand adventure but for me with my type 2 diabetes and already dodgy eating habits I’m expecting it to be a rough ride.

    Oh well. It will all be worth it in the end, right?

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    • Good luck! I keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end and it definitely will, but it’s hard having to eat like that. Doesn’t sound like it will be any good for you at all. My kids aren’t bothered in the slightest, it only seems to affect me! 🙁

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  7. I don’t mind a microwave meal about once a year but I send you my sympathies, I definitely couldn’t do it a lot. Keep reminding yourself “one more week, one more week…..” You’re almost there x

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    • Yep, just a few more days! I’m hanging on in there! We do have microwave meals about once a week because it’s so hard fitting mealtimes around dance classes, that’s just about OK, but consecutive days are not good! x

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  8. Sounds awful Sarah 🙁 Could you go out to eat once a week just to get some decent veggies? I bet the kids are loving it mind! Is the cooker/hob in yet?

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    • It’s not a lot of fun! One day I had a Thai takeaway with a side order of mixed veg all to myself because I couldn’t take it any more! We’ve got the oven now, hob will be the end of this week. I can’t wait!

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  9. Oh my word Sarah, this is my idea of sheer hell! Really hope things are on the up now. You’d be better off eating cheese and crackers than microwave meals if it happens again. Hugs hon, it’s been one thing after another hasn’t it 🙁

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    • Thanks very much! I think you are one person who would find it even harder than me! The end is in sight now, thank goodness!

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  10. Oh you poor woman – is it over now?
    If not could you not use those steam in the bag microwave vegetables? Not the same as fresh but better than processed meals.

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    • It’s nearly there! We can at least use the oven now. I should have gone for some of those steamed vegetables as a few people have suggested them.

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  11. It is one of those ‘it will be all worth it once it’s done’ things but I don’t envy you as I would go crazy without my kitchen. It is true that living on that sort of food really is so bad for you and I don’t know how people do it but when you do get your kitchen you will be able to look back and appreciate the good stuff again

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    • Thank you! That’s very true! The end is in sight now, so I’m feeling better about the whole thing. It is amazing that people do manage to eat that sort of food every day. It surprised me how rough it made me feel.

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