Today is a great day on TwinCitiesView… Want to know why? Well, it’s because we have the wonderful Tracey Clayton here giving us another fabulous article to read and learn from. Without further ado, let’s read the benefits of cooking, Enjoy!
Cooking Can Be a Kind of Yoga Practice
You’ve tried meditation, exercising, dancing and listening to relaxing sounds, and yet, you’re still stressed out. Cooking may seem like the last thing to try to feel more serene, especially if it is not something you do often or you ever enjoyed, but bear with us for a while. If you understand cooking the right way, it actually has a similar meaning as yoga, which is often referred to as a form of connection with a fulfilling experience. This can be interpreted in different ways, but for this occasion, we’ll say it means that cooking with the right consciousness and positive attitude can bring a lot of joy into your life and make you feel more relaxed. How is that possible?
Cooking as a form of aromatherapy
By cooking your own food, you are inhaling some amazing smells that can relax you and even make you happy. Just remember the smell of the traditional homemade apple pie – it brings a smile to your face, doesn’t it? Using lemon in your kitchen reduces stress and increases energy. Rosemary, a herb that is the ideal ingredient for sauces and fish or chicken based dishes, is believed to amplify brain power. Peppermint stimulates the brain and improves the mood. In fact, every ingredient or meal you associate with happy memories or at least great taste can lower your stress levels. There is even a culinary revolution on the horizon that suggest using aromatic essential oils in food preparation.
It is incredibly fun
If you are thinking of cooking as a household chore you do because you must, not because you want, then you’re approaching it the wrong way. Think of it as a hobby, a form of art. You are using all sorts of ingredients, combining them together as if you are preparing a magic potion, and you get the results that are completely different than what you’ve started with. By changing up the ingredients or the cooking method the next time, you get an entirely different dish. It’s just like creating a painting with different colors and brushes.
It helps you unwind
Can’t stop thinking about fuss on work? You are burdened with past problems or insecurity about the future? Cooking can help you get your mind off of these things because you are focused on a delicate process that requires your attention. However, the last thing you want to think about when cooking is whether you’ll scratch your nonstick pans or why some appliance isn’t working properly. That’s why it is important to have the right cookware, appliances, and utensils, as well as oven repairs professionals on your speed dial.
It is a bonding activity
Cooking can be an activity that brings the whole family together. Everyone is free to participate, from the small child plucking the herb leaves to the parents working diligently on the main dish. It is also a fun experience to share with your friends while listening to music and chatting. You can make a culinary get-together a tradition that will help you relax and have fun at the end of an exhausting work week.
The road to a healthier diet
If you eat out more than in your house, you are probably consuming a lot of unhealthy and processed food. Even if you try to avoid fast food diners, you still have no way of knowing what is included in the dish you are eating, the origin of the ingredients and the way of preparation. When you cook in your kitchen, you have the liberty of choosing the healthiest ingredients and deciding how much harmful ones (sugar, salt, fat…) you want to put in your dishes. Furthermore, cooking your own meals teaches you a lot about food, including how high in vitamins and other essential nutrients some foods are. The physical act of preparing your own food allows you to determine appropriate portion sizes and avoid the tendency of overeating, and it also builds healthy habits within the entire family.
If you approach cooking with love, joy and some playfulness, it will definitely bring all the serenity yoga can bring into your life, and many other benefits too. So, get up, go to your kitchen, smell the ingredients, stir the butter and be happy.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
Tracey Clayton has done it again… She has inspired us to look at the glass half full when it comes to the simple things we do in life. Thanks to her I’ll look at cooking as a relaxing, meditative, uplifting part of my day.
Take care readers!
photo 2 by: (C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015