Changing Your Life Through Cooking

June 23, 2014

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I love to cook (see my earlier Cooking as a Spiritual Experience post). I would not consider myself a foodie (though I do like good food) and I am not a health nut. What I do like is that I can save myself a lot of money and eat meals that typically have a lot fewer calories and less salt than a typical meal at a restaurant. Cooking also allows me to be a little creative and use ingredients and flavors that I like.

I likely developed my “cooking at home” diet when money became tight. I realized that for the price of a “value meal” at a typical fast food burger joint, I could buy a pound of beef and make enough burgers for four meals. It’s also worth noting that when I was a caregiver for my mother I needed to cook with healthier ingredients, and most importantly, a lot less salt. During this time, I grew to like my food with less salt. Thankfully, cooking for myself is probably one of my best habits right now. Sure I still eat out once in a while, but eating in is in with me.

With this in mind, I really enjoyed stumbling upon the above video by Michael Pollan. It sums up my eating philosophy at this point in my life. I have also made a conscious decision to eat less, which seems to be giving me more energy.

If you’re tired of trying every diet in order to lose weight and feel better, consider simplifying your life and starting the “cook at home” diet. I did and it has been one of my best decisions.

How about you…have you made the conscious decision to cook for yourself and your family most of the time in favor of eating out? Or is your refrigerator mostly empty because you’d prefer to just eat out? I’d love to hear your feedback and if you’re happy with your decision.

1 Angelia Sims June 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Oh boy, did that hit some high points in my foodie life. And you know what? It totally makes sense. I lost 50lbs in 2006 doing just that. I ate at home. If I ate out, I ate less. I exercised every day. Then….I got lazy. Eating out all the time, because I really dislike cooking (sorry!). And BOOM 70lbs heavier now. My husband and I have been juicing. He happens to make the most delicious juice. It is zucchini, cucumber, five cups of spinach, a pear, and a bit of lime. LOTS OF HEALTHY ingredients I probably wouldn’t take the time to prepare and eat (nor could I eat that much) but I can drink a glass. I find myself not hungry and not craving junk. But no doubt, I am foodie and an addict at my core. I’m working on that. Thanks for sharing this…

2 Tim June 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hi Angelia:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing! While the video does emphasize that eating at home can make you healthier, it’s still important for one to eat within reason. I’m a carb addict, myself, and know that I still need to be conscious of what (and how much) I eat. Especially when it gets cold out. Glad to hear you and your husband have been juicing – that’s something I’ve been curious about for a while and it sounds like a good, tasty solution. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

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