When I ask clients why they don’t cook at home more, I usually hear one or a combination of the following:
- I don’t have enough time
- I don’t know what to cook
- My kids are picky
- I don’t know how to cook
- It’s too expensive to buy the right food
Eating at home and preparing our own food is so important I am going to outline a few reasons why it’s worth the effort.
- You know what you are getting in your food when you cook at home. No hidden ingredients, no scary fillers. Just plain whole food with whatever seasonings you want to spice it up.
- It’s less expensive then eating out. YES, it is. Even if you are eating organic. As an example: One large steak with side items plus tip and drinks at a restaurant runs about $20-$25 per person. You can get a whole basket of organic vegetables or two large grass-fed steaks or 5 pounds of grass-fed burger for the same price. Organic eggs here are $4.99. That’s four dozen eggs!
- There are way too many simple recipes available online to say it’s too complicated. This one for example can be done with multiple vegetables (parsnips, butternut squash, carrots, brussel sprouts, cauliflower etc,) simply change the vegetable.
- It’s getting more and more economical to buy the right kind of food and if you eat IN season there are farmers markets and affordable vegetables year round. Click here for more money-saving ideas and recipes.
- We aren’t eating together as a family enough. It’s time to get back to sitting down at the table and talking about your day, interacting with your kids, finding out how they did in school that day and establishing that connection that is so important.
- Prepping the food is part of being healthy. Everything is way too convenient these days…food is right around every corner (or at least what some consider food) and we are eating on the run. Prepping your food takes time and can actually be enjoyable. Chopping, cutting and preparing vegetables full of color can make you feel grounded and remind you that we are given these foods for a reason. Especially if they come from your own garden. There is nothing better than home-grown vegetables!
- Kids are learning from us so while being picky can be a bit harder if you just ask them to “try” something new every meal they will adapt to eating real whole food. They will even start to prefer it. My son is 10 and reads labels better than most adults because I have been teaching him since he was about 5. Start young, give them the tools they need to avoid disease and other chronic conditions.
Yes, I enjoy going out to dinner and taking a break once a week and that is one reason I am able to cook the other 18-20 meals a week…because I give myself a break. It’s ok to indulge and go out and relax and let someone else do the cooking but be mindful of what you order and make sure to follow a gluten-free menu. Sunday is prep day so off to fill the jars with bone broth and make chicken salad from the chicken! Have a great productive Sunday!