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Live Lagom: Living Lagom with Nureen

Londoner Nureen revolutionised her kitchen when she became part of the Live Lagom Community – leaving her eating and living more healthily.

A smiling woman with glasses and red lipstick leaning against a shelf with glass jars.
A smiling woman with glasses and red lipstick leaning against a shelf with glass jars.
If you eat well, you feel good, you look good. It's the whole cycle.


What does Lagom mean? Lagom comes from the Swedish phrase “Lagom är bäst” (the right amount is best), which we believe is the secret to sustainable living.

Nureen and her son Khari have lived in their two-bedroom maisonette in Harlesden, north London, for 12 years. As a chef and nutritionist, Nureen designs health and wellbeing projects, which she delivers to local community groups.

"I was overjoyed to be picked for the Live Lagom project. My company develops and delivers health and wellbeing projects for local communities. I wanted to find a way to be more sustainable at home and teach what I learned to my students. The things I enjoyed most were the workshops: recycling, the food-waste challenge and growing my own herbs."

"The project has made the biggest difference to how I organise my home and cook. I’ve changed the layout of my living room, which is where I keep my food. That meant buying the IVAR unit to store all my ingredients. Everything is in easy reach. I do all my meal prep on a Sunday, and portion everything up into containers and freezer bags. It makes the week ahead easier, and I save money on my food shopping because things aren’t going off."

"Now, the recycling boxes are right next to my fridge, ready to take my food packaging. I never used to touch the green bin outside, I didn’t even know what to do with it! But I can’t believe how easy recycling is now. As an incentive, when we were first starting out, I would give myself points for taking something out to the recycling bin. When I got 10 points, I’d give myself a treat. Now, our bin is tiny as we hardly have any food waste."

Bright idea

"I store all of my ingredients in jars to keep them fresh. Because everything is on display, I can see what I need to buy and what I already have. At the end of each week, I do a little stock rotation."

- Nureen

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