Our world is so fast now. Instant messaging. Instant response. Expectancy of instant response. We’ve become hyper vigilant in our technological and busy lives.
But there’s one basic skill that we can and should continue to cultivate. It’s a skill that we can pass along to our children. It’s a skill that can create deep and abiding health within us. It’s also something that, when done with flair, can make us really, really happy.
And I’m all for health and happiness.
It’s learning to cook and cooking with enjoyment.
Since taking a deep dive into the science of nutrition and becoming a Holistic Nutritionist, I’ve done more cooking than ever. I’ve discovered that healthy food is really also the best the tasting food. When you’re cooking with fresh herbs and spices and fresh, organic ingredients, you can turn out some amazing and delicious dishes.
But it’s more than that.
I’ve created a ritual at dinnertime that makes me look forward to making food. My husband and daughter know when I’m embarking on dinner because I turn on my favourite music, light some candles and start cooking.
In other words, I create a feeling…a sensation in my kitchen that makes it really fun, and feels good. And since I’ve been doing this, I’ve never been a better cook.
They say that the energy that goes into the making of our food is just as important as the food itself. That’s why, perhaps, your grandmother’s pot roast and apple pie really is the best. My grandmother made a rhubarb pie that would make you cry, it was so good.
I’ve also recently given up my treasured Starbucks Chai Tea Latte. I’ve looooooved them for years but my belly was no longer loving them. So, I created my own caffeine free, dairy free and refined sugar free version.
Yes, yes…I’m sure you’re also thinking that it’s taste free.
But it’s AWESOME. Better than anything I’ve ever tasted at any establishment. It’s full of good fat, protein (yes, protein!) and is almost like a meal in and of itself. See below for my first recipe (courtesy of moi) for homemade Chai Tea Latte.
This is a great time of year to get in your kitchen and start cooking. We’re brewing with amazing seasonal foods (pumpkins, apples, sweet potatoes, squash) and it’s a nice time to be inside with some good music and good company.
We all have that creative spark within us. And we all love good food. Cooking with pleasure really can change your life, change your health and deepen your happiness.