Cooking is known for its tremendous healing properties since yesteryear times. The benefits are to satisfy your tummy, yes, but it is also meditative. ‘Therapeutic Cooking’ is quite the norm for a healthy lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle starts with the mind.
Think of the flavours you gravitate towards, the refreshing colors of your favorite veggies and especially when your taste buds have a gala each time you have a smoothie bowl? It’s so much fun to eat, I agree, it’s my favorite habit too. But it’s a lot more fun to cook, and unless you try, you won’t witness the bliss we all rant about, also the greatest dishes are the simplest!
Here’s probably why you should make cooking a weekly routine –
Cooking is directly connected to Mindfulness. Google says “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” While you go back and read that definition one more time, know that when you pay attention to details of your actions, you can stop a racing mind and thwart hasty decisions. Meditation is basically being aware, and if you aren’t being aware of what you do in the kitchen my friend, you’d either burn those fingers or your tastebuds, both of which are super important to enjoy the meal post the process of making it. The process of waiting while the food is being prepared is known to increase patience and vulnerability. You’ve added tomatoes to the pan, they do not cook in a jiffy, and you have no choice but to wait!
Some situations in life cost you that wait, you probably dislike it but in the end, it’s worth it.
Everyone turns into a Master Chef
When recipes are easy, you’re less anxious about indulging in the experience. While it also boosts creativity, studies prove, when you do small meaningful tasks over the course of your daily routines, you feel happy overall. Cooking also keeps you grounded, because it involves using your sense of sight, smell, touch and taste, with serious commitment to your creativity right there. Don’t you like that feeling of cooking something purely your style and treating people to it?
Imagine winning hearts, which sort of is the easiest way with food anyway.
Duo for the win
When people ask me, what can we do today that’s fun? I say, “Let’s cook up a meal?” It is the strangest thing that leads to so much joy, the part of you that seeks validation all the time is put to rest here. This spurs up special communication and cooperation, while you’ve decided to put a meal on the table together, you’ve already put your grudges and differences aside. It’s also a great way to appreciate each other’s taste and take turns in honoring them.
This is a team effort! I assure you, while you wait on the boiling potatoes, you may earn the greatest secret of your partner’s life. And then when you sit down to eat that meal together, it’s a good feeling.
Mess with ingredients, not minds
Cooking is such a fun way to try anything you like. There is no right way to cook something. Each person’s cooking is known for their individuality of what their secret is. You have ample time to explore your style and each time you try something, it makes you more and more aware of what your likes and dislikes are.
A good way to dig into yourself don’t you think.
Do you remember that for the longest time, we put our trust in our parents cooking knowing that it ain’t gonna be poisonous, even if some of the ingredients aren’t always fresh? We didn’t call for a health inspection everytime we had a meal at home. While you learned to trust the people who fed you, it’s time to bless yourself with the trust too. When you start cooking, you will make choices to pick what your body deserves, because you know you deserve the best. And when you cook, you’re mindfully asking your body to trust yourself in the process. Trust being key. While you cook for others, you’re in some sense of the word forcing them to trust in you, and the more often you do this, the more trust you develop between others and within yourself.
You don’t need to start with Orange and Honey glazed chicken. Cooking is an evolving process, for you and for your mind. They say, each time you try something, it only gets better the next time around. So no pressure bae, you’re allowed to start small. No one’s judging. The important fact is that you’re trying and that’s already a good pathway. Don’t let anyone bring you down on your skills in the kitchen.
In due time, you’ll be everyone’s tale, until then, do this for yourself 🙂
Focus on healthy eating
We’re feeding our body and mind. Sensory feelings constitute 40% of your emotions. When you eat that banoffee pie, your mind is screaming out joy, but does the bitter gourd feel the same? Not for me at least. What I’m trying to say is, when you cook, you can make healthier choices for yourself. You know the exact ingredients that suit your body and you choose just them or more that add betterment. We read so much on the benefits of food ingredients, “It is alchemy — you take ingredients and transform them into something delicious that feeds body and spirit.” – Meg Bowman. Time to make a choice then. Your body is a temple, and a way to keep it pure, is by feeding it what’s best for you.
Light on the pocket
Let’s focus on the keyword here – Money. Cooking at home always saves money, which puts a huge bright spell on your financial situation. Apart from shopping and massages, the most you do spend, is when you call Swiggy.Iit isn’t wrong to treat your buds to something interesting once in a while, but the kind of saving you’d be making just by choosing to cook a few extra meals than you already do, would seriously help you. Like, when you order you have absolutely no idea if their process of preparation is healthy for you or if they used fresh ingredients. Might as well make sometime for culinary therapy and whip up a decent meal for yourself, save that money and buy yourself an awesome getaway at the end of each month.
At least you’d add more places on your travel map.
For all the times you fail in the kitchen, you’re appreciation for your parents yumm food and the hoteliers working to make you happy grows in leaps and bounds. It isn’t rocket science to learn cooking, but it is a beautiful form of art that people give it everything they’ve got. And whilst you cook, you start learning the time taken by others for all the meals you’ve enjoyed. Also, let’s remember the labours that keep every space clean. Cooking isn’t just about that dish you made, it also involves doing the dishes, cleaning all the spillage from the floor, drying out the dishes and putting them back in the place they came from. Loads of work right? Some people tirelessly do this for a lil sum of money and this is the time to appreciate all their efforts and time.
Appreciation is a deep sense of gratitude, that when you invest, it comes back multiplied.