June 23, 2021

School’s out for the summer, which means I finally have enough mental energy for Effort Food!

This includes food that takes more than two steps to prepare, food that will go bad in less than a week, food that cannot be eaten by itself, food that might crumble or otherwise make a mess, food whose texture varies over time – and food whose window of ripeness is so short and unpredictable that it can only be eaten spontaneously, not planned into a meal.

For some people, Effort Food is always possible. For others, it’s never possible. For me, the ingredient that makes it possible is having long stretches of unscheduled time.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.