1. Cooking is good for the soul. When we cook at home, in our own kitchen, without realising, you are injecting emotion & energy into your meals. When it is good energy, you are nourishing your soul – hence the saying ‘There’s nothing like a home cooked meal’. To make your kitchen an enjoyable space, make an effort to wash your dishes after each meal or in the morning, so when you come to cook dinner at night it’s not in a messy state that you want to avoid.
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2. It’s an opportunity to reconnect. In today’s busy life, we are no longer sitting together as families or couples even, for dinner, on a regular basis. Parents, teenagers & children wake at different times & we have different schedules. With these busy schedules it’s important to have some time where you can take a step back and just enjoy each other’s company – having a meal around the dinner table can be a great way to do that. When family time around the dinner table is compromised, and we miss the ever so important discussions about what has happened in each of our days.
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3. Cooking puts you more in control of the nutrients you consume – The food you eat does so much more than fill an empty hole in your tummy. In fact it becomes our blood – it develops our cells. When we cook, we have total control over the quality & quantity of ingredients. When we eat out, we are compromised, potentially rushed, and the choices we make for dinner may be less nutritious & more convenient. I often refer to this food as ‘empty food’ it may fill out tummies & satisfy our stomach & brain (for a few hours) then we are back to square one, feeling hungry because our brain has registered that we haven’t eaten anything nutritious, sending ‘feed me nutritious food’ signals to our stomachs, because our cells need it! This is how we become ‘overfed and undernourished’ I just love this quote from Julia Child. “You don’t need to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”.
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Tips to help make cooking at home a little easier and feasible:
What strategies do you have in place to ensure you cook and home and don’t end up buying take-away dinners each night? Share your tips in the comments below!
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