February 14, 2015

Heal Yourself with Home Cooking

In a world where food sometimes seems like an afterthought, we have a choice.

We can slow down and scratch one commitment from the calendar.

In this space, we can create an opportunity for finding our our deepest source of nourishment.

Cooking is an art and a practice.
The more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Try it!

1. Book the time.
Commit to cooking a fresh meal at least two times a week.

2. Read through recipes.
Look at the ingredients and the preparation time to get an idea if that recipe will work for you. Peruse the Harmonized Cookery website or request a custom menu plan with recipes.

3. Prepare.
I always tell people to commit to a "grocery day" once a week, so they can stock up on lots of healthy foods. This will keep you committed to the challenge.

4. Add plant-based food whenever possible.
You don't have to give up the foods you love. Just add some fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts into your meals. This will have you feeling more energized and less likely to crave processed food.

5. Make it a group project.
Cook with your partner, friends or kids. Cooking is the perfect social activity and could inspire someone else to find joy in cooking again.

6. Make enough for lunches.
The great thing about cooking at home is you can use any leftovers for lunches through the week. This will eliminate some of those fast food lunches and save you money.

7. Set the table.
You took the time to cook yourself a delicious meal, instead of eating it in front of the TV, why not sit at the kitchen table and savor the food you made. It might seem silly, but eating at the dinner table once in a while is a really nice way to catch up with loved ones.

If you try this challenge, it may help to use a journal to keep track of how you're feeling.
What do you notice?
Joy, challenge, questions, satisfaction?
Have fun with it!

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