Cooking to eat healthy or cooking to eat happy?

Yes, the cringe-worthy title is appalling, please… I know. But I thought that this was a very important (and albeit interesting) topic to talk about.

Let me just clarify and elaborate a little. Cooking to eat healthy is obviously just that. Many people cook to cater to their health needs. While this is a great regime for anyone, there is a big difference in cooking for health than in cooking for pure enjoyment. That’s what I mean by cooking to eat happy.

For those of you who cook simply because its absolutely enthralling and your heart and soul just seems to melt into each and every dish you make, then you know what I mean by happy eating. Each dish is very special and seems to taste so much better (except when it doesn’t) simply because we put our time and effort into creating what we hope is our next culinary masterpiece.

So what’s the point of this post? Well let me just get started…

If you have read my about page (See here), then you’ll know the story about my love for cooking. For those of you who don’t know, it’s basically this, I started cooking to help me eat healthier. This is of course a great reason to start cooking! However, after a year, maybe even a couple of months, this motivation fades very quickly. I won’t deny it, all that prep takes lots of time and effort which is the last thing anyone wants to do after either a full day of work or just in general. It becomes such a burden, day in and out. It seems like all we ever do is eat, eat, and eat some more. Like we are constantly cooking food.

Of course, the simple solution to this is just eat out but healthily, or even pack a salad. Easy enough, right? Well, I don’t know about you but salad gets very boring very quickly. I used to eat them for every meal, and the got old very fast. First of all, they made me super bloated since its all raw veggies, and second of all, I don’t like dressing (but that’s just me. Kudos to those of you who actually enjoy it.).

Well, what about meal prep? That’s another great idea, but the same thing every day? Trying to mix it up for everyday while meal prepping is a lot of work for just one meal prep day. Don’t get me wrong, meal prep isn’t a bad thing, especially if you are on a tight schedule, but I love to cook, and eating the same thing everyday is just not for me.

So what’s my point. Basically, I’m writing this to show you that eating healthily doesn’t have to get in the way of having fun and enjoying the work. I remember when I first started out, I used to limit myself on the things that I could and couldn’t cook. For example, pasta. I never cooked pasta before because I always thought it was too many carbs and the sauce always has too much oil, or that it needs cheese to taste good or this or that. I found myself restricting a lot of the things that I could and couldn’t do. All for the sake of eating healthy! Don;’t let that stop you. My take on this now is to find alternatives to these challenges or the ingredients that you don’t like. Better yet. Make your own version!

The fun part of cooking now is figuring out how to make things both fit my eating style and taste great at the same time. This also goes into to play with how to eat healthy but that’s a different post for another time.

Cooking should be fun, not a chore. I’m sorry for those of you who feel that it is and I understand that it is not for everybody. But i hope that i can at least encourage some of you not give up cooking simply because its a burden or because its boring. Mix it up! Creativity and diversity are the two biggest factors in cooking for enjoyment and making it fun. Try different things, make crazy creations, go totally out of the box.

I used to be so scared of trying new things because I was afraid of whether or not they fit into my “healthy lifestyle”. That alone was such a burden in itself.

I went from a time of being afraid to eat, to wanting to do nothing but to eat. It’s crazy how becoming passionate about things can totally change your life.

This totally went off in a tangent, but I hope you picked up some inspiration from this. Or better yet explain your own take on this topic in the comments below!

 

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