My name is Jessie Storm, I’m a first-year Arts student at La Trobe University Melbourne Campus, a keen musician, a sometimes artist, an almost traveller, a big dreamer….and I’m a poor. Not poor poor, but, you know, student poor. And I know a lot of people in the same boat. So what I’m aiming to do is by creating this blog is demonstrate that you don’t have to be wealthy to eat well, and, as someone who isn’t particularly motivated or creative in the kitchen, this will also be a way for me to encourage myself to drop lazy eating habits, budget effectively, use what I have, and shop in a healthy and sustainable way.
We all know the importance of being healthy, and just about anyone can cook well if they have to, but all too often we cast aside our knowledge and skill in favour of instant gratification (read: instant noodles). Add to that the pressures of student life (shit that essay’s due tomorrow but omg what about my social life and damn I have no money AGAIN) and you’ve got a recipe for, well, nothing really. And how are you going to study effectively on an empty stomach?
Food is fuel for your body but also fuel for your brain, so it’s more important than ever to ensure you are on top of your health game when undertaking study. I know I’m guilty of cutting corners and skipping meals, but if I put in just a little thought and effort, I find it pays off really well and usually tastes completely delicious. I feel infinitely better about myself if I know I’m putting good food into my body, and good food doesn’t have to be budget-dependent, so I’m going to aim to show you how you can be poor, tired, stressed and unmotivated but still well-fed. Here we go.