|"If only I had a magic wand!"|
And that's fine, if you like to cook. And you have lots of free time. And access to a great grocery store that features a wide variety of non-allergenic cooking ingredients. And a high tolerance for foods that don't quite look or taste like your family is used to (rice bread, anyone?). And a really good attitude.
It's all well and good when things are going well and life is just coasting along. But what happens when the spell is broken and a few bumps in the road cause your good attitude to slip down the drain? You know what I mean... those days when the kids are fighting and you forgot the quinoa flour at the store, and someone spilled the flax meal, and the kitchen is too damn hot, and the baking sheets still have burnt food on them from last night, and you are just so sick and tired of eating GF breaded chicken and oven roasted potatoes. How do you get back on track?
I have one trick to offer, and I'd love to hear yours. I find that I get into an endless negative feedback loop if I let myself feel like a failure for not cooking. I start mentally beating up on myself for not doing enough for my poor, allergic children, then I feel terrible about myself, then I have even less energy and motivation to whip up spiffy recipes. To stop the cycle, I try to drag my uncooperative self to the kitchen and make one small fun thing. Something like a smoothie, or a chocolate-covered banana, or a frozen grape rolled in sugar.... anything that the kids will squeal for that doesn't take more than 5 minutes or 3 ingredients to make. One small fun thing, and suddenly my subconscious (which knows I did this but chooses to forget) starts to tell me I'm a good mom after all. And the kids say nice things too :)
What do you do when you lose your enthusiasm for cooking? How do you shake yourself by the shoulders and get yourself back in the game? Please share your tips in the comments section... we can all use the help!
Shared with Allergy Free Wednesday at Tessa the Domestic Diva and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and The Hearth and Soul Hop at Premeditated Leftovers and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Traditional Tuesday at Cooking Traditional Foods and Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet.