02430: Food Fatigue

Brunch Spread

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 36

6 weeks into quarantine, I'm really starting to feel the limited rotation of dishes on our menu. And it's not like we can't cook a lot of different things. But given the fluctuations of ingredient availability at nearby supermarkets and the effort to keep stocked with food items that last longer, we have fallen back on certain staples that stretch well and comply with my keto requirements. 

To be fair, I feel like we've created a few new variations over the course of this quarantine period, so we're doing our best to work with what we have. But there's just that general fatigue from handling all of your own meals and not ordering out as much (since delivery services are so limited) and of course not having the option to eat out anymore. And while I do enjoy what we end up cooking and eating while at home, sometimes you just wish that you didn't have to do all the thinking and the prep work and just enjoy a meal someone else prepares for a change.

My trying to remain on keto despite quarantine is the main limiting factor at work. With only limited restaurants open for take-ou and delivery, most of them are far from being even borderline keto compliant. So cooking meals is really the best way to manage things effectively and we've been buying groceries with that philosophy in mind. Thus cue the several dozen eggs in our fridge and the generous supply of vegetables of different kinds. But yeah, we can only go so far.

I know, I'm not really complaining about meal variety, which is a pretty petty thing to complain about. I'm just feeling yet another frustrating facet of this extended quarantine period. I can manage it well enough for the most part, but every now and then you just need to vent a bit, get it out of your system, then go back and do it all over again and again until the end of April, at least.

This quarantine is hard on everyone in different ways. And I know that we have it easier than most, so it always feels like we shouldn't really complain all that much and focus on getting by. But it doesn't mean we don't feel the stress. It doesn't mean that we're not worried about the health and safety of our friends and family. We're all in this fight together. And it's going to take a lot of hard work and perhaps even more sacrifices before we get through all this.