How many days a week do you cook at home?
If it’s less than four times a week, you might want to consider getting in the kitchen more often.
I’m sure you’ve heard the popular arguments for cooking at home.
You Save Money
This is a no brainer. One meal made at home feeds 4-6 servings, easily, and the grocery bill can be anywhere from $20-40. A dinner bill for 6 people would start at $60 if it’s takeout but more realistically would be over $90 once drinks and tip are added into the equation.
You Eat Healthier
You control ingredients. You get to pick the best ingredients – be it organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, maybe even homegrown. And you choose the oil and fats you cook with. Depending on where you live, finding a restaurant that offers organic foods can be difficult and even then you can’t control the type of cooking oil they are using. If you make it yourself you know EXACTLY what you are getting.
But there is something that you might not have considered and it’s a biggie.
You Digest Better
Yep. Cooking helps you digest your food better so that you avoid the bloating, the gas, and the acid reflux. It’s actually the first step you can take in healing your gut issues.
What I’m saying here is not that the cooked food versus say, raw food stimulates your digestive fire but instead it’s the ACT of preparing meals that does it.
There is nothing like a home cooked meal. Even if you don’t like to cook, you can’t deny this.
Think about your fondest childhood memories. Chances are at least ne of them is of your mom’s or grandma’s homemade blah-blah-blah. You fill in the blank. Chicken soup. Pot roast. Apple pie.
Close your eyes and think back to it for a moment. You walk into the kitchen and that dish is cooking, simmering, baking. Mmmm…the smell, the aroma…and even now – the mere thought! It makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? It makes you hungry!
That’s because the thought, sight or smell of food starts the digestive process in your body. And that is huge.
The closer you are to the process, the better. Your family will still benefit from the smell as your prepare…but if they can get in on the fun, all the better for everyone.
The sight, smell and touch of food stimulates a nerve impulse in the brain. This nerve impulse stimulates the production of salvia, gastric secretions and pancreatic secretions. These digestive juices include things like enzymes, hydrochloric acid, gastrin, and bile. The more of these digestive juices you produce, the easier it will be for your body to fully breakdown, absorb and assimilate all the nutrients in the food.
This is why so much of my practice is centered on giving you the tools to make your own amazing, nutritious food. Nothing can replace this. No drug, supplement, adjustment or procedure can replace the properties that food provides your body. It’s your main source of healing and nourishment.
But I also want it to be fun! Not a burden or something you have to do. I want you to enjoy it – the whole process of it. Because that positive energy you are radiating as your prepare believe it or not will make the food that much more nutritious.
You owe it to yourself and your family to cook more at home.
Need a little motivation and inspiration? Join me Monday, November 24 0r 21, 2016 for my online Homemade Meals Cooking Club. You’ll get the menu plan, recipes and shopping list before the class, then on Wednesday we will prep the ingredients together so all you have to do is pop the pre-made ingredients in the oven, slow cooker or bowl later in the week and viola — dinner is made. The beauty of this is that you cook along side me from the comfort of your own kitchen and you will reap the benefits all week.
Register here by Wednesday November 9, 2016 and get the early bird discount.
It will be ridiculously fun!