This blog is my response to finding out I had malnutrition and the realisation that tea and roll ups will only work as food groups for so long. I am not the only person in the UK who has been malnourished and because we are supposed to be a civilised country, there is little help or information available for dealing with adult malnutrition, or remaining nourished on the type of budgets that people actually have now.
Food prices and fuel prices are again to spike this winter and there is no political party committed to anything but more people going hungry, with all doing their upmost to ensure austerity is unchallenged. Universal Credit threatens us all, but the only political response is the Labour party licking its lips at the prospect of it failing. The consequences for us are huge.
There is no use living in fantasy world, this is going to get worse, much worse, so I have asked a nutritionist and dietician to help me by looking over this blog, and I am going to use it while I re-educate myself about food and nutrition and hopefully, if someone finds themselves in the position I was in a few weeks ago, this means there will be something available when they google.
I am a mum, I am not a professional dietician, I am not even a writer. I remain anonymous because malnutrition is not something you shout about when you have kids. I didn’t eat because I prioritised food for my kids, and the bills, over food for me, using small choices so often that I trained my body to not eat until my body was on the verge of shutting down. I know people on Jobseekers Allowance who have a food budget of less than £10 per week, and I know that there are people working full time who still have to regularly choose not to eat, or who just can’t afford for their nutrition needs to feature in their monthly budget.
I’ll be slowly plodding through writing the main sections over the next week and then will try to update as regularly as I can.
Tea and roll ups, the nation’s favourite appetite suppressant.