As you know, I’m all about being conscious and aware of what we put in our systems, the food we eat really does matter. Yes, I am definitely an advocate of eating out and visiting that new restaurant, local organic food stores or scouting out that new supermarket but there is one thing that has not, and probably will not, ever change… Nothing beats home cooked food! No matter how wonderful a dish you sample at that new Michelin starred restaurant or how delicious that new brand of organic ready meals, nothing tastes or feels better than dining from your own kitchen.
Cooking is not just for eating, it’s a creative process that allows us to put our own unique stamp on the food we prepare. There is something about shopping for the ingredients of that long-time loved or newly put together recipe that can be both exciting and familiar. I am a true believer that the love, time and energy you pour into the creation of any dish will determine the way it tastes; anything you do with love is bound to go well.
It’s not just the ‘you’ being poured into your food preparation that is important, but also the knowledge of exactly what’s going into the meal. These days, there are so many ‘extra’ ingredients added to processed and even supposedly ‘fresh’ foods that leads them to become anything but fresh! Some of these ingredients are a challenge for some of us to even pronounce, let alone recognise. There is a great saying, ‘If you can’t read the ingredient, how’s your body going to recognise it?’
There’s something to think about here; we go some way to accepting that if ‘they’ have added a particular ingredient into the food you purchase, then it must be ok. But isn’t this handing our food (and consequently) life choices over to an external party? If something is as fundamental as the food you intake (remember, you are what you eat) is handed over to someone other than yourself, you may find those choices falling short. Bottom line, if you want to take control of what goes into your body and the bodies of those you care about, the way to be absolutely certain about that, is by preparing it yourself.
And if this is not enough of a reason for you to become an advocate of spending time in your own kitchen and working your magic, here’s a couple more reasons why home cooked is the way forward…
It’s a fact that if you shop smart, home cooking is kinder on the purse with the added bonus of using the leftovers for the next day’s meal.
Less salt and fat
Food producers and chefs use higher levels of salt and fat to make their products taste better to the consumer. Preparing meals at home allows you to control the amount of salt and oils you use in your recipes.
Taking the time to plan your weekly menu not only helps to save time and money, but also provides a way to create meals with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat, plus all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for health. When eating balanced meals your body feels satisfied, has fewer cravings and this in turn prevents late-night snacking.
Food can be a healing medicine or it can deplete your energy and cause sickness and pain. Many people do not realise the effect the chef can have on both the taste and healing properties of the food he / she prepares. As I mentioned, you can taste when food is prepared with love and the same is true for the flip side. Cook consciously, thinking good thoughts! You’ll feel the result and the benefit of this.
Brings family together
Preparing and eating meals at home whilst including family members in meal preparation is a way to give and share love. Teaching children how to cook is a gift they will use for their entire lives and pass on to their children and grandchildren.
So there you have it, a good case for home cooked food being a winner all round; for taste, cost effectiveness, health and even building family bonds. Enjoy and cook happy!