September 20, 2013

Learn How To Cook

You can avoid a lot of things like preservatives, GMOs, additives,
and ill health by cooking your own wholesome food at home.

Learning how to cook is a basic survival skill as well as an endless source of delight. Good food feeds more than just the stomach and it nourishes more than just the body - it can comfort the heart as well.

Considering the importance of diet in promoting health and well being, one of the best things you can do for yourself is learn to cook. Making food at home using wholesome ingredients is a great way to take control of what is going into your body (or your temple, if you prefer).

One word of warning - it is a lot of work. I cook for two so when I think of my mom back in the day cooking for a family of seven it boggles my mind. Thanks mom, for keeping most of us alive.

While I only cook for two, it often feels like I am always either preparing for cooking, cooking, or cleaning up from cooking. It seems like it is all about eating, and I guess it is. Hunger is a great motivator.

I can totally understand why someone with a regular work schedule, and/or children, would be tempted to eat out or use convenience foods.

But convenience foods are not so convenient when they make you sick.

While a growling tummy will be temporarily satisfied with fast, convenience, packaged and processed foods, continued use of such products can lead to unwanted complications like metabolic syndrome.

Research has shown that eating a Western diet heavy on refined grains, processed and red meat, fried food, eggs, and soda, and less fish, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and other illnesses.

Learning to cook with whole foods can protect you from harmful ingredients in manufactured foods.

Over the years Linda and I have learned to cook many of our favourite dishes that we previously thought we could only get in restaurants or prepared foods.

Kitchen Gadget-itis
Cooking new dishes is a fun and creative activity that is immensely satisfying. We find that we prefer our cooking and baking than the more expensive stuff in restaurants and grocery stores because we can make it just the way we like it.

And don't get sucked in by the marketers - a lot of food can be prepared with a minimal amount of supplies and utensils. Beware of "kitchen gadget-itis" which is unnecessary, expensive and creates counter clutter.

Learning to cook is a life skill that will save you money, feed your stomach, nourish your body, and comfort your heart.

Good appetite!

"Learn how to cook! That's the way to save money. You don't save it buying hamburger helpers, and prepared foods; you save it by buying fresh foods in season or in large supply, when they are cheapest and usually best, and you prepare them from scratch at home. Why pay for someone else's work, when if you know how to do it, you can save all that money for yourself?" 

- Julia Child

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