One of the biggest barriers to eating healthily can be not knowing how to cook your own food so that it is both nutritious and enjoyable. If you are lacking experience in the kitchen it can be intimidating figuring out where to start. The best thing to do is jump right into it! Every mistake will only add to your experience and knowledge and make you a better cook.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but a turning point in my life was when I was able to use food as therapy. Tackling a new recipe or mastering a new technique is an amazing confidence booster, and that confidence spills over into other areas of your life. When you’re able to cook for yourself you are taking control of your health, your weight, and your energy levels.
Whenever I used to feel down or depressed, cooking gave me focus, and made me feel productive. It has always been an avenue to get my creative juices flowing and to try new things! There is no judgement in the kitchen. There is no real risk, just reward! I love to cook for others, as well as for myself. It’s an amazing way to get people together and to just put a smile on everyone’s faces. Now this love has spilled over into my career, and I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many incredible people who are looking to enhance their nutrition, and get the most out of their lives.
Planning is essential. Set a date with yourself once a week to do meal prep for the week, or a time each day to spend making something special for yourself. I look forward to it! I wear my comfiest clothes, and have all of my favourite teas, and play my cooking play list. It’s my time and I love it! I understand that life is busy, and it can be hard to find time for yourself. As your personal nutritionist I can help you get started by creating an individualized nutrition plan, taking you on an educational grocery tour, and reviewing your pantry contents. I can also give one on one cooking lessons in your home, and plan and prep 7 days worth of healthy meals. Sometimes I get home after a long day, and realize that I haven’t had time to do my own shopping or meal prep, let alone cook. It’s perfectly natural to place other things at the top of your list of priorities, whether it be your children, your spouse, your pet, friends, or work. But it is essential for your health and wellness to put the right fuel in your body.
Being organized, and knowing that you have all of your meals prepared and ready to go, will leave you at ease and with a sense of calm. I take the time to cook several meals at once, then portion them out for the week. This strategy allows me to focus more of my time and energy on other endeavors throughout the week, fueled by homemade healthy food. It is very easy to forget to plan, and end up skipping meals or eating something that you know isn’t a good choice. But those poor choices will catch up to you in the way that you feel, and the way that you look. You can begin with something as simple as chopping up your favourite vegetables the night before to add to your morning omelet, or making your salad dressing from scratch to use for the week.
As you add structure to your cooking and eating routines, you can extend this discipline to other areas of your life. Start to make wellness dates with yourself. Establish a calming yoga routine before you go to bed at night, or try a daily 20 minute walk on your lunch break. If you write it down and make it official you’re more likely to complete your goal. It is so nourishing for your body and therapeutic for your mind. Try it!