Nap time, traffic, and parade routes are some of the things beyond our personal control. They make us tired, late, and annoyed but luckily what we say, do, and eat are still all on us. Taking control of your food intake will improve not only your mental and physical health but also your personal savings.
According to the USDA, food prepared outside the home is not only more expensive (averaging $731 million annually & $232 per month) but of lower quality (containing more saturated fats, sodium, cholesterol, and lower amounts of calcium) and ultimately raises overall caloric intake by 31%. Now couple these 3 negatives with the fact that the food-away-from-home industry (commercially prepared) is exempt to nutritional labeling laws, and you have two very big reasons to start learning to cook. Can you tell me what's really in the food you're eating? Well if you cooked it yourself you could!
In addition to saving you money and aiding in weight loss/maintenance (reduced calories) cooking at home has been shown to: build healthy lifestyle habits, promote family bonding, save time (food prep) and increase awareness of food born allergies or sensitivities. Knowing how your body reacts to food will allow you to fortify it against injury and sickness, without supplemental or pharmaceutical enhancement; no pill or powders necessary. Here are a few steps to help you learn to chef and be your best:
Gaining control over ourselves begins with us regulating:what we do (exercise, sleep), how we feel (smiling, happy, in love) and what we consume (food, drink, images, words). By simply becoming mindful of ourselves and our surroundings we can take the steps needed to avoid toxic events (injury), foods (sickness), and people (mental & spiritual stress). Your final tip for cooking is: all REAL food. Simply put: avoid consuming processed foods (boxed, canned, or bagged) whenever possible; because no matter what the label says, if it didn't come up out the ground to grow, it ain't nat-ur-al.