Home prepared meals have benefits
Health requires healthy food.
“In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy, and balance.”-Ellie Krieger
In a busy society, taking time to get a home-cooked meal is not easy. The convenience and cheapness of fast foods paved the way for changing the eating habits of most consumers. However, these foods are usually high in sugar, sodium, and empty calories which can cause cardiovascular diseases. It can also lead to diabetes, obesity, and ultimately death.
Cooking the act of preparing food by understanding the ingredients and their usage or nutritional values. This process uses combination, mixing, or heating various foods.
A study in 2017 found that eating home-cooked frequently was associated with better health and wellness. It helps reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity which is caused by the consumption of most fast foods.
Another study in 2012 from the National Health Institute of Taiwan found that those who cook more frequently have more nutritional knowledge than those who didn’t. This study translated to better health for the former individuals.
How to start cooking more meals:
- Be ready to commit. Home-cooking will require effort and a learning curve in the beginning; thus, the individual must be willing and committed to attaining a better lifestyle.
- Plan for it. Weekly planning is the best for making home-cook meals. Set a budget and ingredients list. Then, go grocery shopping with a firm heart, not getting sidetracked by other foods.
- Try different cooking methods. Aside from frying, try steaming or broiling foods. These methods produce healthier outputs.
- Get support from family and friends. The lifestyle switch will be much more comfortable with the encouragement of different friends and family.