How many times a week do you cook? Every day? 5 times a week? 2-3 times a week? Some fun facts about cooking is healthy lifestyle, more real food intake and a maintained weight. The more you cook for yourself and family, the more you’re able to get family time and a better lifestyle. Maybe not always healthy, but always better than eating packaged foods.
I love cooking. I love trying out new recipes. I love being able to let my mom take a break (obviously cz’ I’m cooking). It is very de-stressing or at least it helps you keep occupied by ‘better’ things. Also I or anyone cooking is able to control on what’s going in their food. The amount of salt and sugar, the 2 whites that aren’t so friendly to your body.
According to WHO, reducing intake of sugars to 5% of total energy intake is highly recommended for a good health (WHO, 2016). This means on average a person is recommended to 2,000 calories and 5% of this equals to 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar, artificial or added-sugar.
So, cook more to live longer? You could say that. You can share work with family members instead of cooking all by yourself. Make it a fun activity. Involve your kids (if you have any) the younger they start, the more aware they are to know what’s right and healthy. Nobody needs to overcomplicate cooking.
All you need to do is allocate time for cooking. Cook a big amount on Sunday, freeze it in small boxes, so you can have that during the week. On Sunday you also can shop ingredients for the week that won’t spoil (I mean vegetables or chicken and fish).
Just remember a mantra:
Eat Real Food (not processed food)
Eat in moderation
Eat 60% plants