The Ways Cooking is Like Therapy
Clean eating is one of the foundations to living a healthy life. Cooking for ourselves is a key part to ensuing that we are eating the best we can and avoiding the things we shouldn’t put into our body.
However, fueling our body isn’t the only benefit to cooking. The very act of cooking is like a form of therapy. With the right approach to cooking, we can provide many of the same benefits offered by yoga and meditation, stimulate our creative side and create an emotionally rewarding experience. We outline three major points here, but for more tips, view the Kitchen Cabinet Kings visual below on how cooking is a form of therapy.
Mindfulness, as practiced in yoga and meditation, offers a wide range of benefits, both mentally and physically. It can reduce stress, improve focus and boost the immune system.
While it’s not traditionally associated with mindfulness, cooking offers an opportunity to practice it. Plan out your cooking to be a relaxing experience. Give yourself plenty of time and organize your process to be sure you’re not scrambling to get everything done.
Take the time to let the process of cooking feed your senses. Feel the ripeness of fruits and vegetables, listen to the sizzle when you saute and smell the aromas being released.
Most importantly, let all of those other worries and concerns melt away. Live in the moment and let the cooking process take over.
Build Your Skills
Learning a new skill, practicing it and successfully using it can be incredibly rewarding. So can creating and being able to look at something and know that it existed because of you.
Experiment with different recipes that you’ve never tried before. Try new ingredients you’re not familiar with. Combine different recipes to create something different and new.
Sometimes your attempts will fail or be disappointing. That’s okay. When you do conquer that new recipe, you’ll get a boost of confidence and be emotionally rewarded.
There are so many benefits to cooking for yourself. You can eat healthier, control what you ingest, and even save money. However, cooking can be a great opportunity to foster your mental health as well.
Take a mindful approach to cooking and experiment with recipes that can satisfy your creative impulses. You’ll find that cooking can nourish not just your body, but your mind too.
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