10 must-read pros of doing your own cooking

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.


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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.

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  • #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.

You need these  12 tips if you want to eat less 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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You’ll also want to read how to stop binge eating.


  • #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.

Read 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.


  • #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.

Make a vegetable garden without spending any money is a must read.


  • #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?


The vegan vs meat eater debate: it’s not necessary

The heated vegan vs meat eater debate has been going on for quite some time now.


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If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll remember that I give little notice, if at all, to the science attempting to explain our lives. I believe that we let science decide on matters concerning us and we’ve stopped trusting our own bodies to take care of themselves, and that’s wrong.

I grew up in a rural place where we are not exposed to any information about scientific researches and things like that, so to start following those things now in my adulthood just feels so unnatural to me.

So, I don’t have the science behind this vegan vs meat eater debate, but I know many people do. Having said that, I believe people have managed to build a mountain out of this mole of an issue.

You know that a good diet is essential to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.

So when I began this journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I vowed to refrain from all the mind-numbingly confusing world of science and trust my own body. The vegan vs meat eater debate was one of the things I was determined to avoid.

I’m still enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle four years after that decision and haven’t looked back. By the way, I’m a meat eater.

Anyway, as I was saying, the vegan vs meat eater debate is totally unnecessary folks. And here’s why:


  • What you eat is your personal choice

Exclusively. What you eat is entirely up to you. Now, we all know some foods are better than others. But at the end of the day, what you put in your mouth is entirely up to you. So why are you wasting a lot of time encroaching into others’ personal space with this vegan vs meat eater debate?

It’s OK to advice others about their food choices, of course. But this vegan vs meat eater debate has gone overboard and is just trying to force ideas on people.

Really, stop it! What someone eats is a personal choice. And if you are to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, you should be able to make your own choices and let others make their own choices.


  • People’s bodies are different

While we should be celebrating this fact we are fighting because of it. This is why science has little bearing in my life decisions – because somehow it manages to lump everyone into one category and there’s something wrong with you if you don’t fit in this category. That’s outright wrong.

Just because eating meat feels good for your body doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for the next person. Likewise, just because being vegan feels good to you doesn’t mean it’s going to feel good for the next person.

And you know what? That’s absolutely OK. Don’t go around converting people into your own diet beliefs, or copying others’ diet beliefs. Instead, learn to listen to your body and respond to it accordingly. Read this post on how to listen to your body.


  • People’s views are different

People believe different things, and that’s OK. For example, you already know by now that I hold the bible very close to my heart. It’s the manual for my life.

Now the bible tells us that everything has been put under our power. In fact, in the creation story in Genesis, the bible says God put everything under man’s power, including animals.

That dominion meant man was to do whatever he saw fit with creation. That included eating animals.

The bible also clearly tells us not to argue about matters of what to eat and what not to eat.

It says as long as those people who eat vegetables do it for the honor and glory of God, then that’s OK. Likewise as long as those people who eat meat do it for the honor and glory of God, it’s OK too. (Romans 14 v 1-3)

I could go on and on about what the bible has to say that will let you see that this vegan vs meat eater debate is just unnecessary and a waste of time.


So, instead of fighting over who eats what, why don’t we just embrace each other’s choices? Let’s encourage each other in love.

Don’t put that much emphasis on food as though we live only to eat. There are far more important things than that.

If we’d learn to recognize that, we’d get our priorities straight and never have to struggle with eating disorders because then we take food only as a means of energy and not something to obsess over. Read my post on how to stop obsessing over calories. I also have another post on how to stop binge eating.

That’s the number one reason why spending time on the internet watching people’s diet habits and copying them is detrimental to you. Read my post on 10 reasons to stop watching what I eat in a day videos.


The final word

I’m going to keep this post very short. I just felt like I needed to talk about this because I see a lot of people being deceived into this vegan vs meat eater debate.

People are taking time and energy away from more deserving things. Not to mention, as long as you let people dictate to you what you should and shouldn’t eat, you can never enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

Follow your own instincts, and don’t be afraid to stand up for your own choices. Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?


Thank you for reading this post. I know for a fact that you’ve been exposed to this vegan vs meat eater debate at some point in your life. What are your thoughts about it? Please share with us by commenting.


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