If you are wondering if you’d be better off doing your own cooking, you are right.
There are limitless pros to doing your own cooking versus buying ready-made food from restaurants or the supermarket. Read on to find out the pros of doing your own cooking.
We all know that most people feel pressed for time to do their own cooking, what with all the demands on their time: kids, careers and many other commitments.
But why does doing your own cooking have to take a backseat when it comes to honoring those demands?
The way I see it, doing your own cooking should fit right at the top of your priorities seeing that it’s the quality of the food you eat that will determine whether or not you have enough energy to honor all the other demands.
Without wasting any more time, let’s dive straight into the pros of doing your own cooking.
- #1: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your diet and therefore your health.
Wouldn’t you like that? To have complete control over your diet instead of handing that control over to someone else like the indifferent chef at that restaurant or that exhausted one at the supermarket?
If you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, and you know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet, then you know you have to be in charge of your own diet. And the only and best way to do that is by doing your own cooking.
If you are in charge of your diet, you’ll have control of your health, and that’s what we must all be striving for.
Your food choices will determine how healthy you are where the diet component of a simple healthy lifestyle is concerned.
- #2: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your time
If you say you don’t have the time for doing your own cooking, then you are saying that you are a victim of time, and that’s a negative mentality to have.
Finding the time to do your own cooking puts you in complete control of time. You are not the victim and you can actually manage time better than someone who chooses to let time limit them.
- #3: Doing your own cooking makes you prioritize on quality
If you are going to cook unhealthy food, then don’t bother. You’d be better off stepping into that restaurant or supermarket instead.
Because of doing my own cooking, I tend to prioritize on cooking the best quality food we have available at home.
If you are going to take the time and effort to do your own cooking, then your food has to be of the best quality.
- #4: Doing your own cooking puts you in control of what goes into your food
I’m talking about your choice of ingredients. Not only do you get to decide on what ingredients to add but you also get to decide on how much of those ingredients to add.
I tend to add less oil and salt to my cooking. I don’t add sugar at all, except a little bit when I make bread because my family is not ready yet to quit sugar.
Being in charge of what and how much ingredients to put in your food will surely guarantee a healthy diet.
- #5: Doing your own cooking helps stave off unhealthy cravings
You tend to crave healthy foods when you are doing your own cooking, provided you always cook healthy foods.
Remember that eating healthy/unhealthy is all about conditioning the subconscious mind.
By cooking only healthy foods, you teach your mind that healthy foods are the only and best thing to eat, thereby getting rid of your cravings for unhealthy foods.
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- #6: Doing your own cooking helps you save money
You save a lot of money. You don’t throw money away on those pricey dishes at the restaurant. You know how to compromise on ingredients in order to reduce costs while still obtaining the best quality.
You are careful not to unnecessarily throw out food and you learn to recycle things like stale breads, and the list is endless.
- #7: Doing your own cooking may help you uncover a hidden cooking talent
There are a lot of people who don’t know they are talented at cooking simply because they’ve never taken the time to experiment with cooking, or maybe they did try it, but didn’t stick with it long enough to discover that talent.
I used to hate doing my own cooking. And because of that I was terrible at it. But then I quit my job and found myself sitting at home, faced with the responsibility of cooking for my family everyday.
It was that obligation that drew out the great cook in me. You might just discover your hidden cooking talent if you resort to doing your own cooking.
- #8: Doing your own cooking makes you appreciate life more
Because you are in touch with the food you eat, you tend to appreciate that more than if you let someone else do your cooking.
It wasn’t until I started doing my own cooking that I started appreciating how nature gives me the food that I eat, aware of their work in me to keep growing me everyday.
We are literally the food we eat. That’s a massive thing to ponder. And when you do, you’ll be passionate about doing your own cooking, eating clean and even growing your own food.
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- #9: Doing your own cooking fosters healthy relationships
And we all know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships. Doing your own cooking when you have a family will bring you together. I appreciate whoever does our cooking at home. I have new founded respect for them whenever they put my plate in front of me.
After a long day at work for you and school for your kids, why would you let the mechanical tendency of your lifestyle extend to your diet as well by eating store or restaurant-bought foods?
Don’t. Do your own cooking, encouraging your family to lend a hand and bond while you do so.
- #10: Doing your own cooking puts you in charge of your weight
And weight is a source of concern for many people around the world. A lot of people are unhappy with their weight, but most if not all of them would lose all that excess weight and keep it off by doing their own cooking.
If you eat out everyday, how can you be shocked when you pack on extra pounds? I too used to worry about gaining weight, but since I started doing my own cooking, weight is no longer a concern because I have it under control.
The final word
Nothing beats doing your own cooking. It makes you a chef in your own kitchen. God gave us the natural ability to feed ourselves, so don’t hand that power over to another person and prioritize less important things over your own healthy eating.
There’s everything to be gained from doing your own cooking and nothing to lose from it. If you haven’t tried your hand at it or you’ve been skimpy about doing your own cooking, then start taking charge of what goes into your body because that literally builds or breaks you.
Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts about it? Do you do your own cooking? Then share with us your own pros? If you don’t do your own cooking, please share with us why?