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Ten Reasons Why Cooking Is Good For You

Some of my favorite food experts agree with me; American families are only going to save their health if they start cooking more. Preparing foods at home, by healthy methods, with ingredients that we purchase ourselves, is the only way that we can truly control what we are putting into our bodies. We all know that it is important, and many families struggle to find the time to learn how, and then to proceed with cooking from scratch. Here are ten ideas that may help you to find the inspiration to start cooking today:

1.     Cooking is a fantastic creative outlet. Especially for busy parents with children, cooking can be a time when the chef can enjoy doing something truly creative. Once the basics of cooking are learned, there is no end to the mixtures of flavors and textures that can be incorporated in a recipe, and their creation is truly satisfying.
2.     Cooking time can be outstanding family time. My husband and I both enjoy working in the kitchen and teaching our children how to cook. We spend quality time together and they help us get the meal prepared by doing small tasks that are age appropriate for them.
3.     Cooking can be a good meditation. Especially for people who are pressed for time, the ritual of preparing food is a place where the chef can discover an opportunity to clear their mind and focus on the present task.
4.     Cooking builds community. Nothing will mean more to your friend or neighbor than when you offer them a homemade meal in their time of need.
5.     Cooking builds confidence. Especially if you have never felt like you could cook, executing a recipe, and then reaping the rewards of the delicious meal that you have created is a highly rewarding experience. Children develop great amounts self worth from working in the kitchen.
6.     Cooking bonds people with nature. Handling fresh ingredients and working with them to mold them into savory meals is a highly earthly activity. Working with fresh foods, rather than removing processed foods from plastic wrappers gives us a much better sense of just where our food is really coming from.
7.     Cooking is a responsible thing to do. When cooking at home, opposed to eating out, you will waste less. In the home, you can prepare just what you need for your family and not be left in a restaurant with giant plates half full of food that end up being thrown in the garbage.
8.     Cooking builds tradition. I still use the methods that my father taught me as a child when I prepare food. I sometimes use my grandmother’s recipes that have been passed down to me. The very act of cooking homemade food bonds and strengthens family throughout the generations.
9.     Cooking is great brain exercise. Cooking keeps us thinking on our feet, either to recall a recipe, follow a written one, or to keep our meal timed properly. Cooking employs a great deal of mental activity, which in turn keeps the mind healthy.
10. Cooking keeps us on our feet. It is pretty hard to sit down and cook. The average dinner takes a good hour to prepare and to clean up after, which is time spent on our feet and moving around. It is a highly preferred hour spent than that of sitting on the couch with take-out in front of the television.


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