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.

Learn how to use food as medicine for your body with these 6 effective tips.

 

  • #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.

You’ll be interested in how to stop obsessing over calories.

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?

 

Break your google habit with these 8 easy tips

If you are looking to break your google habit then you are in good company. Google has run my life for the past few years.

But now I can boldly say that I’ve found the tips that are really working to break this habit. I’ll get onto them immediately.

 

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  • Tip #1: Trust your own instinct

You might be struggling to break your google habit because you’ve completely abandoned your own instinct.

Now with the internet, people have taken it to do everything for them and they’ve completely forgotten how to listen to their gut. Trust the natural mechanisms God has endowed you with so you can break your Google habit.

You no longer have to struggle with healthy eating if you learn to listen to your body. Check out my post on how to listen to your body.

Don’t google, ‘when should I eat?’ Instead, eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. You don’t need google for that.

 

  • Tip #2: Step away from your screen

Sometimes that’s all it takes to break your google habit. I realize I tend to google things a lot when I’m in front of my computer.

You can’t google if you are not in front of your computer, or your phone. So step away from the screen to  break your google habit and give your eyes a rest.

 

  • Tip #3: Talk to people

I mean real people, not google. Face to face conversations are the best. Even making a phone call to ask a friend or a relative something is far better than googling.

If you feel like you can’t face people or start a conversation with them, then I suggest you read my post on 12 easy tips to become a good conversationalist.

Also read 12 easy tips to make friends easily.

It might be that you are scared of talking to people because you’ve chosen to keep away and be on your computer or phone instead.

Talking to people will give you more satisfaction than spending all your time in front of the screen. It will give you a wide range of people to choose from for your conversations and for sharing your life with.

Remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

 

  • Tip #4: Read print books

Print books are a great tool to use of you want to break your google habit. There isn’t any answer you can’t find in a book.

So, get into the habit of reading actual books. Go to your local library and read a print book. I find print books to engage you better than audio or ebooks.

But even with books, you have to be careful what you read because you don’t want to end up subjecting yourself to the same thing you subject yourself to when you google.

My post on are you aware of what you read? will be very helpful to you.

 

  • Tip #5: Be productive with your time

You might struggle to break your google habit if you have ample free time on your hands. It makes sense, because with nothing to do, you can’t help but google everything.

Now, make it a point to be engaged throughout your day. That doesn’t have to mean working from morning to evening. You can be productive in your leisure time too by making the most of your leisure time and being present.

If you are strict about being productive, you’ll definitely break your google habit.

I recommend my post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.

 

  • Tip #6: Cultivate self-reliance

I realize that it can be difficult to break your google habit if you are too dependent on other people for your everyday answers.

You feel like you must ask questions before you do anything. You are not self-reliant enough to actually make decisions on your own.

I suggest you step away from that dependence by cultivating self-knowledge. Spend time alone and learn about yourself.

This way you’ll learn to enjoy hearing other people’s opinions without being entirely reliant on them and knowing the final decision lies solely with you.

Read my post on 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

Read my other post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

 

  • Tip #7: Be the one to offer some advice

This might just help you break your google habit because now instead of rushing to get the advice of google, you are offering advice instead.

Be that go-to person for others when they need advice. Give it from the heart. Be genuine and humble in your approach to others’ questions. God will bless you with more wisdom to impart to others.

 

  • Tip #8: Cultivate spontaneity

Are you the kind of person who googles the weather for the following five days even though you have nowhere to go and you work indoors?

Then you need to start cultivating some spontaneity so you can break from your google habit.

Even if you have to go somewhere, you don’t have to worry about the weather. People have been traveling long before they could check the weather on google. Let nature take its own course in such matters.

 

The final word

It’s really not that hard to break your google habit. With determination and patience, you can and you will succeed in doing so. Don’t let the internet take over your own God-given ability to think. Use what God has given you and don’t let it go to waste.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you also need to break your google habit? Have you succeeded? Please let us know how.

Even if you are still trying to break your google habit, let us know what has been working for you so far, and what hasn’t.

Watch less TV with these easy tactics

You can do a lot more with your life if you watch less TV. But saying that is a lot harder than actually doing it, and TV almost always wins in the end. So what should you do if you want to watch less TV so you can free up some time to do more important things?

 

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  • Start by cutting down on the time you spend watching TV

If you want to watch less TV but you are currently watching a lot, then start by cutting down on the amount of time you spend watching TV.

Sometimes suddenly going cold turkey can backfire on you. So take things slowly, step by step until you are satisfied that you watch less TV.

 

  • Switch the TV off

Yes, switch it off. You can’t watch it if it’s off. Don’t yield to the temptation to switch it on again. If you live with your family who want to watch TV, then simply leave the room when they switch it on. You can’t go wrong with this tactic if you want to watch less TV.

 

  • Limit the TV to the living room

You can’t watch less TV if you have TVs scattered all over your house. Some people even have it in the kitchen. Some in the bedroom. That’s preposterous. Limit the TV to the living room.

 

  • Sell your TV/give it away/don’t buy it if you don’t have any

Yes, get rid of your TV and don’t buy it if you don’t have any. You’ll be doing yourself a favor in saving your time and money.

It might be hard at first getting used to living in a house without a TV, but once you get used to it, you’ll be grateful you don’t have it.

 

  • Fill your days with productive events

Read, exercise, visit a friend, volunteer. Just do something worthwhile with your time so you don’t miss watching TV.  If you are busy doing these amazing things, you’ll definitely watch less TV.

Work on achieving your own goals, on discovering your talents. Read this post on 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • Spend less time on the internet

Sometimes I get so self-righteous as to say I never watch TV. Yet I watch comedies on my laptop in my office. That’s hypocritical and stupid. I should stop doing that.

The internet can waste your time just as much as the TV in your house, if not more. If you are watching a comedy on TV and on the internet, it’s still the same comedy and it’s still a waste of time. So spend less time on the internet and by doing that, you watch less TV.

 

  • Don’t use TV as a reward

Don’t even tell your mind TV can be a reward because it can’t. Don’t sit for two hours in front of the TV and say you are rewarding yourself for working hard on your project. You can’t watch less TV if you tell your mind watching TV is so pleasurable you can’t wait to be rewarded again.

 

  • Don’t buy cable

Don’t fill your TV with tempting programs that will keep you glued to it and work against your mission to watch less TV. Limiting your choices means less temptation and this can help you watch less TV.

 

  • Don’t follow any TV program

That’s what I told my brother the other day. I told him that I didn’t want to watch an episode of Bold and Beautiful because then I’d want to watch it again the next day, thanks to the cliffhanger endings.

If you want to watch less TV, then don’t follow any TV program. If you have to watch TV, and really you don’t, then sit down to watch something with no continuity, like a movie.

 

  • Spend your days outside the house

Sometimes the temptation to watch TV comes because you are inside the house all day. If you want to watch less TV, get out of the house, even if it’s just to sit outside in the shade. Spending your days outdoor beats spending them indoor any day.

 

The final word

If you are really serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, you are going to have to watch less TV. The truth is, TV has no place in our lives and we can manage without it. In fact, our lives are better without it.

You might think TV is full of entertainment, but think about the intention behind that entertainment: It’s to keep your eyes glues to the TV so that you can’t do anything else. You are watching people live their lives and make money.

Instead, get up from that couch, switch off that TV, go out and realize your own dreams and create your own life. Tomorrow when you reap the rewards of your hard work and focus, you’ll be glad you made the decision to watch less TV and acted on it.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and it gave you practical tactics of how you can watch less TV.  Tell us about your own tactics by commenting.

 

I highly recommend these wonderful posts if you want more tactics to watch less TV:

6 steps to remove TV from your life by lifehack.org

How I overcame TV addiction, reclaimed my life and gained two months per year by michaeldpollock.com