6 Reasons Why You Should Start Cooking
Life Gets Better When You Start Cooking.
In our lives today we are a “quick” society. We want quick entertainment, quick leisure, quick internet, quick contact, and we wish to make our lives as convenient and as quick as possible. This is understandable as people want to spend as little time on the things they don’t enjoy so you they can spend more time on the things they do enjoy. However people often neglect basic skills such as cooking. People say they don’t have the time or energy to do it and they avoid it. You should start cooking as it will improve your life in numerous areas.
- Time management
1. Cooking For Yourself Is Healthy.
It goes without saying that cooking for yourself is a very healthy decision. Americans in particular face a large percentage of problems that can be traced to a poor diet. Obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, and other issues are very prevalent in this country. We know the way to fix this problem but many of us just don’t want to devote the time into doing it. I’m going to be blunt: you’re going to have to start getting off of your butt and making your own food. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Doing this while getting proper vitamins and minerals makes a huge difference.
Cooking is healthy for numerous reasons. For one thing you can choose what you’re putting into your food. This means many common allergy foods like wheat, sugar, dairy, and corn can be eliminated or drastically reduced. Many people don’t realize the kind of damage these foods put on your body and when they discontinue eating them they notice a profound difference. Another benefit is that since you’re eating the food fresh; you’re also cutting reducing or eliminating many preservatives. People eat food nowadays that are *so* processed that they are pushing plastic. You can easily take salt, artificial flavorings, and other compounds out of your diet.
2. Don’t Contaminate Your Body.
You’re also at a lower risk of contamination because you’re making the food yourself and you know what’s going into it. When you have to rely on a restaurant or other individual to make your food for you, you’re placing your health in their hands. It’s hard to know exactly what goes on back in that kitchen and what issues they have with pests and the like. Furthermore allergen type foods can often get cross contaminated by being in close vicinity to each other or by the same dishes being used that have had other ingredients in them. Do yourself a favor and avoid these large downsides and be the healthiest person you can be by ignoring the processed stuff. I’m willing to bet that pretty much everyone will notice a profound difference. I had agonizing joint pain a few years back and when I completely removed wheat products I went from moving around in pain and barely able to walk to moving freely.
3. Cooking Allows You To Have Greater Control Over Your Time.
Preparing your own meals yields another major benefit. If you’re cooking for yourself you have complete control over your time. Personally I wake up super early and I make my food in the wee hours of the morning (2-4 am). This way I’m already done and I can spend the rest of the day doing what I want. People think they are getting a better time deal by constantly having to run out to eat, but those minutes and hours add up. I simply take my food with me in a container and eat it where I want.
If you want to be as productive as possible you want to have more control over your time. The best way to do this is by putting yourself in a position where you’re not having to wait in lines ordering food daily or wasting gas driving out constantly to get your food. You can simply eat what you want on your own time. Get a no-stick pan set and save on cleanup as well!
4. Cooking Is Convenient.
This ties closely with the second point. Cooking allows you a level of convenience that most wouldn’t understand. People generally assume cooking has to take forever. Not true! You don’t have to make very time consuming or major meals on a regular basis. You can start by keeping it simple with your cooking. Start with basic things like rice or eggs and then work your way up there. You can prepare many of your meals in about 15 minutes or so.
When you factor in the time it takes to get dressed and drive to get your food and to come back home, it’s a huge saving. I’ve done it many times. A quick drive somewhere and back a few miles up the road can equal 45 minutes. When I cook my food I can do it in 20 minutes or less most of the time. I can cook multiple meals and be done in about an hour including cleanup. Driving out to get food over and over again is expensive on your time, money, and your body. For extra convenience I even have a food cooker I can plug into my cigarette lighter. This way I can eat anywhere and stay full on the go with no need for a “food stop”. With a little bit of planning you’ll have large time savings.
5. Cooking Is A Great Skill To Learn.
Cooking is a very versatile skill and something everyone should learn. Any man, woman, child, can do it. Cooking is more accessible than ever and easy to learn. You can just go online to find countless recipes. It is easy to make adjustments if you have a gluten free diet or something similar. You can watch YouTube videos step by step and follow along. This may seem intimidating at first but eventually you’ll be multitasking and cooking like a pro in no time. Cooking is also great for social settings like family gatherings and dates. Show your man that you can take care of him, or charm the girl you like by cooking. It also allows you to try out different foods from different cultures you might not have ever tried out otherwise. It can be a great way to dive into different cultures as well.
When you cook you have the obvious advantage of being able to make whatever you like in the quantity you like as well. If you like cake, simply make one and store it to eat at your leisure! A great cook book is also a great companion if you want to learn new recipes!
6. Cooking Saves Money.
Cooking your own food is definitely a cost saver. I can make my own food from scratch and spend only a $100 or even less in a month on food. That’s even with a few “luxury” foods like egg whites. When I was eating out I was spending 3 or 4 times that much easily. The cost of even a “cheap” fast food meal like McDonald’s was $10 (5 hamburgers, large fries, and large drink). The foods never filled me up the same either. Even at sit down restaurants you can spend $25 in one sitting for a lower end establishment and the portions get smaller and smaller! Businesses are cutting back big time and one way they do it is by reducing the portion size. I had a temporary desire to eat out one time and I changed my mind when I sat down and saw the cost of a basic meal I can make myself for a fraction of the price.
You can get out of debt, save, and invest with the money you save by not eating out. Junk food is very expensive. You can buy a large batch of rice for $4. You can buy a large sack of potatoes for $5. Compare this to a single “cheap” meal at a fast food joint. You’re paying almost that much at minimum. The difference is night and day.
7. You Grow As A Person.
Cooking is a great way to grow as a person because you advance yourself in many ways. You eat better and you feel better physically. The healthier food is better for your brain and your body won’t feel down or crash as often. You’ll also learn a new skill and save money at the same time. It’s a simple way to enrich your life in many areas by using a traditional skill that’s been passed down for generations. It’s also impressive to hear people do this in modern societies when we live in a world of instant gratification and will make you a better relationship partner too. Cooking is a win-win all around. The more skills you acquire the more well rounded you become as a person.
This reason among many other reasons is why you should take up cooking. Grab a pan and some olive oil and get started!
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