Cooking at Home – Mindfully!

| 1/11/2019 2:58:00 PM

Mindfulness offers an inside-out approach: Usually we eat based on other people, the time of the day, the weather, and other factors. Most of us don’t eat when we feel hungry or maybe we don’t even let our body feel what hunger is. For example, you might have had your breakfast at 10am and your friend called out for having lunch. Before the food digests, you will go for a buffet lunch.

In order to cultivate mindfulness, you need to practice the following:

  • Cultivate a healthy relationship with food
  • Choose healthy foods, mindfully
  • Feel good in your body, mind, and spirit

Above all these factors: Cook at home!

Mindful cooking
Image by Arya Krishna

How to Cook Mindfully?

Once you have decided to cook at home, remember to do that with all your heart. Cooking at home is the best way to get food in its purest, freshest form. Home cooked food can make you healthier, happier and more connected.

  • Choose seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. They will stack your plate with essential nutrients and bold flavors.
  • Avoid foods that contain preservatives and artificial sweeteners, coloring, and flavorings. They just fill your body with calories and chemicals
  • Do you know what USDA’s My Plate suggest? Fill your plate half with veggies, 1/4 with grains, and another 1/4 with ,eatm
  • Try to choose organic foods and, thus, limit the amount of pesticides in the body. Wash the vegetables and fruits with a mixture of baking soda+ lemon juice + warm water
  • Choose snacks mindfully. Snack and treat is different. For snacking include nuts, pumpkin seeds, whole fruits, hard-boiled egg, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
  • The wonderful part about mindful eating is that it can benefit anyone and everyone. One of the main reasons that people turn towards pursuing a healthier lifestyle is because they want to feel better inside out. In order to make that special connection with food, it is better to cook yourself and enjoy healthy foods.
  • Include spices in cooking. The typical attraction towards food is generated by olfaction, rather than gustation. The spices contribute much towards the olfactory aspect of food, especially in the Indian context. Besides rendering the food tasty, these aid in digestion due to the properties such as Dipana (carminative), Rochana (appetizers) and Hrdya (beneficial to heart).

These correspond to substances like coriander, garlic, ginger, pepper, curry leaf, onion, chilies, lemon, cumin, cinnamon, asafetida, fenugreek, mustard etc. used in modern cooking.

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