It’s not something I see talked about a lot…maybe because people don’t want to admit they’re doing it, or maybe because they aren’t, and it’s just me.
Like most people, I don’t like doing dishes. Even on a good day…I hate it, but will do it because I know it’s necessary. When I’m depressed, though, the thought of having dishes to wash prevents me from preparing food and quite often will event prevent me from eating.
To help combat this, I took a trip to the local dollar store, and picked up some compostable paper plates and bowls, plastic cutlery, and even a few aluminum trays that I can throw stuff in and put it in the oven to cook if it’s something that’s going to be messy and might be hard to clean from one of my glass baking dishes or cookie sheets. I know this sounds incredibly lazy, but it’s been a real life-saver in that it’s making it so that I actually make sure that I’m eating properly.
As I’m doing this, in the back of my mind a little voice keeps saying, “this is bad for the environment! Stop!” But I can’t…not eating when I’m feeling this way is a major problem for me, and if this works? I have to do it. I have no other options.
Another thing I’ve started doing is not buying too much food that won’t last long in the fridge – I mostly buy fruit and vegetables either canned (the no salt added kind for veggies), or frozen. That way, if suddenly a week has gone by and I’ve been doing everything BUT eating those healthy things, I’m not throwing them away and wasting them and the money I paid for them.
I’m looking forward to the day where I start eating my meals off regular dishes again, but for now…this will have to do.