Welcome back! Thanks for joining me again today.
As a professional chef and healthy eating & cooking expert, I love food. I also love the relationship that we can create with food.
For many people, having any kind of relationship with food involves dieting.
And to them, dieting is all about deprivation. They starve themselves and eat foods they don’t really like — all in a short-term effort to lose a few pounds. Eventually, they get tired of their dieting efforts, fall off the wagon, and regain the pounds just as quickly as they lost them.
But, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You could eat the foods you love, and not have to constantly struggle with looking and feeling great.
How do you do that? Make cooking part of your daily routine, and make small, manageable changes to your diet that you can live with.
Making Cooking A Priority
I’m a big believer in home-cooking, and the healing powers that preparing food for yourself and others can have. Cooking shouldn’t be a chore — it should be something that you look forward to, even after a long day at work.
That’s easy to say, but it can be difficult to find inspiration in the kitchen. Do any foods remind you of anyone special in your life? Start there. Prepare those meals for yourself, and spend the prep time thinking about that special person. Remember the good times that you’ve had together, and reflect on how they’ve affected your life. I guarantee that cooking that meal won’t feel like a chore at all, instead, it will feel like a labor of love.
Enjoy The Process
Perhaps you want to cook for yourself every day, but you think that you don’t have the time. I have a great list of recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes on my blog that can fit into any schedule. And, there are other tricks that you can use to speed things up in the kitchen, while enjoying the cooking process at the same time.
I take some time each weekend to chop all of my vegetables and herbs for the week. I can spend some downtime in the kitchen, and really enjoy cleaning, chopping and dicing all of those vegetables, without the frenetic pace of a weekday kitchen session. Not only do I get to slow down and really enjoy what I’m doing, but it makes preparing delicious, homemade dinners throughout the week a breeze.
Food Is Love
When you think about the Italian culture, what do you think about? My guess is that it’s food, family and lots of love. I think that everyone should follow their lead, and make food, and meal time, and integral part of their family bonding.
Life is a celebration, and food is a big part of that. I hope that everyone who is reading this thinks about ways that they can incorporate healthy food into their healthy lives, and understands how important having a loving relationship with food is to your overall health.
Thanks so much for reading today!
P.S. Tomorrow, we’re going to continue our heart health discussion and talk about fiber!