Knowing the truth about food makes it easy, exciting, and fun to make choices that improve and sustain our health.
-Liz Wolfe, NTP (Eat the Yolks)
1. SAVES MONEY
Eating out every night is expensive! It may seem like a fast food hamburger is way cheaper than buying a pound of ground meat, but that $6 you spent on a pound of meat will make more than 6 servings of good protein. A little (of whole food), goes a long way (in number of servings).
2. HEALTHIER MIND + BODY
Good food = Good mood. What you put into your body affects your WHOLE body-your brain, bones, hormones, organs, energy level, and the list goes on and on! If you are knowingly buying whole foods and preparing them yourself- you have the power to make yourself feel good or not so good. Buy and cook foods that will make your brain and body happier, and start saying "good-bye" to illness!
4. FOOD EDUCATION
If you are buying and cooking the food you eat, you are learning about nutrition whether you realize it or not. If you search for a healthy recipe for pizza or orange chicken, you are learning about the ingredients and the health benefits they will provide you. The more you know about food, the healthier choices you will make for yourself.
5. BRINGS FAMILY TOGETHER
Cooking more means that other family members can share the experience with you. The more you cook, the more likely you are going to gather around a table together with loved ones to chat, laugh, and just enjoy the moment. Take time to experience the gratitude you have for both family and food.
6. BUILDS HEALTHY HABITS
The more you cook, the more likely you will prepare all of your meals- breakfasts, weekly lunches and snacks. Once you feel and see the positive affects of eating good, whole foods, you will want to continue that feeling as long as possible. If you are a parent, you are the most important role model for your child. Teach and show them everyday how simple it is to live a healthy and happy life. Cooking and preparing good food are life-saving habits that every child should learn.
Let's sum it all up in a few sentences. Cooking more allows you to save money, learn about the food and the nutrients it provides your body, build positive relationships with loved ones, and provides you the health and energy needed to live the lifestyle that makes you happy. Am I saying eating out is bad? No, of course not. Just try to do less of it, and make sure to choose whole foods whenever possible -not the packaged, processed and wrapped stuff they call "food".
Always craving good food,