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Old 04-05-2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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Motivation tricks?

After consideration I'm putting this in Health section....lack of appetite and motivation is unhealthy, right? lol

I'm not feeling myself, and am really off cooking right now...and eating. I've been relying on soup for meals a lot recently, and am grateful its salad season, but to be honest, finding it hard to get the motivation to throw things together and when I am hungry I'm really craving junk....really not so very like me, I might like goodies, but not often bought/premade/prepackaged ones.

I feel like I love my kitchen but I'm not "in love" with it right now. Its important that I keep eating healthily so cooking my own junk is not the answer.....I thought moving to a new kitchen might, but quite frankly I'm turned off by having to learn another cookers quirks for a month . Any tips to help be rekindle the spark with cooking, and get some heat back into my kitchen?

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Old 04-05-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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lol... go out to eat breakfast lunch and dinner every day for a week. You'll want to be back cooking for your self in no time. :)
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:41 AM   #3
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Don't go kidding yourself - what you really want to do is try out all those pizzerias, restaurants, delis and pastry shops near your new home. Personally, I'd indulge myself once or twice to get over the urge...

What is dangerous is to find a bar serving absolutely fabulous coffee to kick start the day. You'll be there every day.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:47 AM   #4
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LOL, Snoop, I will indulge...but don't want it to be a habit. What's worrying me is its lasted a while (long before we moved). I've skipped eating on days when DH is working all day - and fed at work, which is pretty much a diaster for me, but the enthusiasm isn't there....I'm not even getting that excited by the spring produce that usually sends me into raptures....though I'm shopping later so I'm going with lots of veg so if the worst comes to the worst it'lll be cruditee (spelling?) for easter....the idea of cooking "proper lunch" is just not doing it for me.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:49 AM   #5
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After consideration I'm putting this in Health section....lack of appetite and motivation is unhealthy, right? lol

I'm not feeling myself, and am really off cooking right now...and eating. I've been relying on soup for meals a lot recently, and am grateful its salad season, but to be honest, finding it hard to get the motivation to throw things together and when I am hungry I'm really craving junk....really not so very like me, I might like goodies, but not often bought/premade/prepackaged ones.

I feel like I love my kitchen but I'm not "in love" with it right now. Its important that I keep eating healthily so cooking my own junk is not the answer.....I thought moving to a new kitchen might, but quite frankly I'm turned off by having to learn another cookers quirks for a month . Any tips to help be rekindle the spark with cooking, and get some heat back into my kitchen?
Is it possible for you to paint the kitchen a little color can really improve the mood and a gallon or so of paint really isn't that much.

Is there anywhere you've always wanted to visit to try their food? Why not go to the library or research here on the internet for healthy recipes from that area and try your hand at making the food. If its another country then try to find some music and wine that would reminense that part of the world.

As far as the spark and heat.....well you could wear your birthday suit underneath your apron while your cooking
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:53 AM   #6
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ROFL....I'll start with local wine tonight...its certainly true that that might kick start the creative juices, because, come to think of it, I haven't had much to drink for a while and certainly nothing particularly noteworthy, so maybe having something delicious to drink will kick my taste buds into over drive and inspire me, great idea Sizz

(Unfortunately painting the kitchen is out ;()
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:34 PM   #7
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Sizz you are SO smart!

I have figured part of it out, I ave cracked open a bottle of wine and realise that I am not tasting/smelling properly! No wonder I'm not inspired to cook! LOL, shame about the wine, but still, I'm sure I'll sleep well. ROFL
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:13 PM   #8
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Lulu, I remember you mentioning your olfactory disorder before. I wonder if your last flat had mould problems because it was damp. If you're allergic to mould spores, even a small patch can really affect your sense of smell.

Perhaps some kind of anti-histamine might help. Ask the doctor or, if Italy is anything like Spain, the pharmacist.
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I've put 2 and 2 together....I think its to do with some meds I'm on (would work with timing...I just didn't twig a connection). I'll check with the doctor on Tuesday.

Snoop, funny you should say that too, because we did have the mould and I was worried and had a patch test at the same time as my scan, and I was not allergic but the doc did think it was making me "sfizzosa"...chesty/wheezy in English? Anyway, I'm dry now, and ok. I just am really dull about making these connections...I'm sorry if I worried anyone, please don't: I'm fine! Promise!
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:55 PM   #10
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Sizz you are SO smart!

I have figured part of it out, I ave cracked open a bottle of wine and realise that I am not tasting/smelling properly! No wonder I'm not inspired to cook! LOL, shame about the wine, but still, I'm sure I'll sleep well. ROFL
What a better way to find your smeller/taster isn't working properly. If I didn't just take a Darvocet for cramping I'd call DH and tell him to pick me up a bottle so that I can check my smeller/taster to be on the safe side . Is the medication your on only temporary? If not, check with your doctor and see if there is something comparible that doesn't have that side effect.
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