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Whole life sustainability looks different for everyone

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Last night I was going through my to do list and checking off a few things I had researched for some of my clients and I realised just how different whole life sustainability looks between people.

Whole life sustainability should cover all areas of your life, your mental, physical, and financial well-being, the planets well-being, your direct and indirect community.

For one person it is help in figuring out how to overcome the challenges their disability brings. ¬†significant sight loss and memory issues due to traumatic brain injury. Learning how to cook meals that are nutritious, home made and affordable, working out a system that allows them to remember what to do when and how. Budgeting and saving even though the income is very low. And being able to find affordable ways to go out and meet new people and join clubs to ensure isolation doesn’t take over.

Another ¬†client has recently lost her job and is suddenly on significantly reduced earnings. Because of this and because of her skill set we have worked out a barter system, I am getting help with a few big jobs that I haven’t been able to do on my own and she is getting my help fixing her budget, kick-starting her garden into producing some of the more expensive crops (mixed salad anyone?) and some super easy, super rewarding ones that give lots and lots of food over a long growing season (hello courgette!) which in turn reduces her dependency on shops.

What areas of your life are not sustainable as they are now? What would help you make them sustainable and what would you need to get started on this?

 

Courgette bread

fresh from the oven courgette bread

fresh from the oven courgette bread

AKA getting your kid to eat his vegetables!

The oldest twin has sensory processing disorder (SPD), for him some of this manifests in the inability to deal with textures of food. This means he is a picky eater who needs a lot of persuasion to eat most things unless they are chocolate covered.

He loves bread and would be happy with a diet that solely exists out of Marmite on toast! One day I made a courgette loaf to go with the tomato soup (that he will absolutely NOT eat) and he took a buttered slice of the breadboard. I was about to say something when somehow wisdom overcame my normal inability to keep my mouth shut and he ate the slice, said the bread was delicious and asked for another slice! He watched me slice it and noticed the green bits.

“Eew mam. Nooo. I want the delicious bread”

After some convincing he took a bit from the “gross bread with bits” and realised it was the same delicious bread. That was the start of him eating vegetables. In bread only.

Basic lazy bread recipe

  • 500 gr strong flour (white or brown. Both works)
  • aprox 300 ml hand warm water
  • pinch or 2 of salt
  • small glug of oil or knob of butter
  • tsp of instant yeast

mix all the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. knead it through for a minute or 2 and place it, covered in the warmest spot of the house overnight. it will increase in size by more than double so ensure that the container can contain the rising dough!

In the morning (or 6+ hours later) knock the dough back, shape it and leave it to rise for at least an hour or when it has doubled in size. peheat your oven to 200 celcius/gas 7 and cook for 45 minutes for a medium crust. an hour and 10 mins for a thick and crispy crust.

For the courgette bread!

  • 1 small courgette
  • 1 tbs of parmesan or similar cheese (nutritional yeast works well for a veggie option!)

add these ingredients just after mixing all the dry ingredients but before adding the wet ingredients. Otherwise cook it the same way!