The Surprising Benefits of Cooking at Home
Getting into the habit of cooking regularly is sometimes considered a challenge or even a burden for some. That said if we all better understood the myriad of mental & physical health benefits cooking offers, perhaps some of us would be more willing to incorporate cooking meals into our everyday practice! That’s why we’ve outlined a few of the tremendous benefits of cooking below to help you get into the habit of taking charge in the kitchen!
Helps you Practice Patience & Focus: In this day-and-age where everything from media to meals are easily and quickly deliverable, cooking may seem like a too long and daunting task. On the contrary, when you cook meals at home, you are learning to practice patience and focus, from carefully prepping your ingredients to fixing the meal, allowing it to cook and cool and finally serving! These steps to preparing your meal are all ways in which you gain gratitude for the effort and time it takes to do something, rather than simply tolerate the wait. This newfound level of patience will prove extremely valuable in other aspects of life, now that you’ve truly understand the term ‘patience is a virtue!’
It Teaches Mindfulness: Many individuals find cooking is especially miracle working when it comes to mindfulness. Consider cooking as a ‘sensory experience,’ in which mind and body come together in surprising ways. Think about it, when cooking you’re using all five senses; sight, sound, touch, smell and taste to achieve this meal. Cooking is a great way to lose yourself in the connections your body is making with the food. Put on some peaceful music or a podcast and allow yourself to just experience cooking with ease. Relax into it; you’d be surprised by how therapeutic it can be to reduce stress for your mind and body!
You can get Creative: Creativity isn’t confined to sketchbooks or canvas’. Cooking is one of the most interesting and fun ways to scratch that creative itch and gives you the opportunity to really push the limits of your own creativity. There are so many venues in which to get creative, whether that be making your own recipes from scratch, or changing up a recipe you found online or in a cookbook to suit your own tastes! You can also build your own aesthetic when it comes to cooking from interesting food presentation to decorating desserts! The sky’s the limit!
It Broadens Your Horizons: Cooking is an excellent way to experience new cultures and customs right from the comfort of your home. With so many international cuisines to try, you’ll never exhaust your options for trying new foods and testing different recipes. It not only broadens your horizons but also opens your palette and gives you a wider sense of different cultures and all they have to offer!
Making Connections: Eating is one of the most social things you can do, so why not cooking too? Inviting others into your kitchen can be a great way to make connections and have fun with your loved ones! Whether it’s allowing your children to lend a helping hand, sharing cooking responsibilities with your spouse or trying new recipes with friends, cooking is a great way to socialize and also learn how to work in tandem with others to bring a dish to the dinner plate!
Get Healthier & Save Money: Cooking at home, even if only a few times a week can greatly improve ones health as those who regularly eat at home are known to eat healthier. Eating out is both costly and makes it difficult to find healthy options, whereas with cooking you get to delegate your own food choices and budget more closely and make nutritious decisions for yourself. If you have a busy schedule, try meal prep for the entire week at the start of the week! It’s a great way to ensure you’re sticking to your regime of eating at home, but also saves lots of time throughout the week in deciding what to cook for dinner. Also taking control of what you put into your body can make you feel more confident and empowered to continue making healthy and budget conscious choices for yourself!
Feeling Accomplished: Eating well, learning new things and sticking to a plan is no easy task, but when it comes to cooking you’re doing all this and more! That feeling of starting a recipe and cooking it from beginning to end will make eating that meal all the more satisfying because you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something! Not only will cooking improve your confidence but you’ll always end up with a positive, not to mention delicious outcome in the end!
Now that you all the amazing mental and physical benefits cooking can do for you, it’s time to break out the cookbook and get started!