For the last 10 years the family have lived in a council flat just off the Old Kent Road. Before that they were in temporary accommodation for two years after they had to leave their private rented flat and became homeless. A number of estates around them have been the targets of regeneration and they worry about whether their estate will be next. They have seen people being relocated a long way away or being moved into lower quality housing. Not knowing whether they will be next means they are reluctant to spend money on kitchen improvements. This means their kitchen is in poor condition and is not a nice place to cook.
A few years ago, Jackie and Greg joined a weight loss programme. Jackie lost a lot and is still a healthy weight today. She still lives by the core principles of the programme, for example eating a lot of fruit and vegetables. She is the only person in the family who eats fruit and the majority of the vegetables are for her too.
Greg, however, is still overweight and suffers from several health problems as a result. Earlier this year he decided to adopt a vegan diet to try to be healthier. Now Greg mostly eats vegetarian food, with the odd ‘dirty kebab’ thrown in. When he gets a kebab craving it will build for a few days until he indulges himself. He spends around £50 a week on meal deals, snacks and takeaways. He likes to buy cakes and chocolates to have at work. He always shares these with his colleagues so that he doesn’t feel too greedy.
Jackie and Greg have not convinced their children to join them in their dietary changes and so family meals involve a number of different options being prepared that can be combined or eaten separately. Often the family all eat at different times, meaning that meal preparation can continue all evening until everyone is fed. On days when they feel too tired or no one can agree on what they want, a safe and easy option is to get a pizza from their local takeaway.
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