Welcome back to my “DO ONE THING” series! We’re looking at small changes that we can make for great health impact. If you’d like to read the rest of the series, you can do that HERE.
So, when I say small changes, this one might be a bit of a stretch- but the impact is HUGE! Today’s change is to start COOKING AT HOME. And I don’t just mean throwing a frozen pizza in the oven, either- I mean taking control of what you are eating and cooking it yourself!
Processed and ready-made foods are full of things that are ruining your health- from preservatives to additives to artificial flavors, genetically-modified ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, bleached flours, the lost goes on and on. When we consume these foods, we are flooding our body with foreign substances that aren’t meant to be digested by our guts or absorbed by our intestines. These chemicals disrupt our hormones and make our bodies work harder to get the nutrients that they need, which makes us feel sluggish, bloated, and leads to even greater health complications.
When we cook at home, we have complete control over what is going into our bodies! Even if we choose not to always cook the healthiest meals, we will at least be knowledgeable of what we are consuming and can prepare ourselves for the fallout.
Benefits of cooking at home:
- Little or no preservatives
- Can be sure of avoiding allergens- dairy, wheat, nuts
- Bigger servings of fruits and vegetables
- Can avoid GMO ingredients
- Meals free of chemicals and additives
- Use whatever sweeteners or seasonings fit within your diet
- Two words: portion. control.
- No advertising to trick you into sodas, desserts, or cheesy bread 🙂
- So much cheaper!
Of course, as with all things, moderation is key! I love eating out for special occasions, and many times I allow myself to enjoy foods I might not normally (read: unhealthy food) because it is a treat in our household. Knowing that my normal, everyday diet carries the above advantages allows me to enjoy luxury foods guilt free!
If this feels overwhelming to you, start small. Commit to one meal that you will make from scratch: breakfast is an easy way to start. Once you get the hang of having a whole-foods based breakfast, move on to another meal. Soon it will become second nature to cook wholesome meals for your family.