Are you a lazy cook?
Are you disinterested in food?
Do you want to cook everything yourself?
Do you distrust restaurants?
Do you want simple healthy meals?
Are you happy to spend hours in the kitchen?
Do you need to cook with an allergy or intolerance in mind?
Are you cooking for kids?
Do you cook only for yourself?
Does where your food come from bother you?
Are you happy to eat whatever comes?
Do you want to change your life for the better, especially through the food you eat?
A healthier food attitude in 2016
All of the questions above relate to an attitude towards food you might have. You might have more than one of these attitudes and that’s perfectly natural but no matter where you stand you’re likely to have an attitude.
Basically, what I’m asking you to do, right now while the year is fresh, is to think about your attitude towards food, and healthy eating in particular, and change it if you don’t feel comfortable with the old ways of doing things anymore. The new year may have thrown things into perspective for you already, but maybe you need a gentle push, and that’s what I’m here today to help you with.
As someone who cares about where her food comes from, and wants to eat healthy at most meals, I am definitely going to advocate for a healthier food attitude for you during 2016. In fact, one of the reasons why I started this blog was to help you learn to cook so you can change your life for the better.
If you’re a lazy cook, then this is the year to focus on turning that around, or of figuring out how to use your laziness to your advantage rather than disadvantage.
It might seem presumptuous of me to tell you to stop being lazy, but I’ve been a lazy cook and it got me an extra 30kgs and plenty of unhappiness. Do you really want that for yourself this year?
I love the new year because its a new start. I have renewed enthusiasm after having had a refreshing break and I want to do better than the year before. And I want that for you too.
Busy cooking cooks
But maybe you’re not a lazy cook. Maybe you’re ploughing through each day trying recipe after recipe because you’re determined to succeed at cooking. I applaud you for your effort, but I wonder: are you taking the time to reflect upon what you’re doing? Are you learning from those mistakes and coming out winning?
Are you giving yourself time to really enjoy the meals you’re pumping out, or are you the type of busy cook who just is too busy to cook at all so every meal becomes microwave dinners and convenience packets and you’ve lost the chance to enjoy real food?
Chefs with food intolerances
Food intolerances and allergies can be tough. It took me a long time to get a handle on my IBS and these days I manage it through diet alone. What are you doing to help your condition with the food you eat? Could it be time for a new food attitude this year that means you’re kind on your body (after all, it’s giving you a pretty clear message)?
Cooks with too much on their plates
Maybe you’re cooking all the time and loving it, but maybe that’s starting to take it’s toll too. Do you feel like you’re missing out on other things because you spend so much time in the kitchen? I felt like that in 2014, but then I wrote down exactly what I was doing and I was spending 4 hours in the kitchen each night between preparing, cooking and cleaning.
When I realised where my time was going I rearranged things a bit. I choose easier meals during the week and I started to look for tricks and tips to make things faster, like using the pressure cooker or sandwich press where I could.
Your food attitude spills over into other areas of your life
Basically what I’m trying to say today is that your attitude towards food, and cooking especially, is reflected through into other areas of your life. Eating healthy and cooking your own meals means you’ll have more energy, less sickness, and you’ll feel more positive in general. By not bothering to cook, buying whatever you find and eating food full of junk just means you’ll end up unhealthier, fatter and sadder than you’d like.
And I say this from experience so that’s why I urge you to make a shift in 2016. It’s not too late to change and become the person you want to be.
Eating better is one side of the coin. Exercise is the other. From my own experiences, incorporating more exercise into your life means you’re able to spend more time on your feet in the kitchen, and you tend to want to take better care of yourself so you make healthier foods.
If you would like some help becoming fitter and healthier I’ve written an ebook to help you face your excuses about exercise. Creating an exercise routine in your life is an important step towards becoming the person you want to be, especially if you feel you need more energy to accomplish more each day. My book sets out how to set goals and to create habits that set you up for success along with planning out everything at the beginning so you won’t be able to give into the excuses holding you back anymore.
While these strategies are written around exercise you’ll be able to transfer them over to your needs in the kitchen as well.
So, are you going to change your attitude towards food this year? Will 2016 be the year that you finally begin eating better and learning to cook for yourself?