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You can cook your way to better mental health; Here’s how

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It’s not unusual to hear people extol the virtues of preparing our own meals. Many people support this practice since it may help us save money, enhance our health, and broaden our cooking abilities. Despite these advantages, many people find cooking to be tedious.For these reasons, cooking may be a divisive hobby: some of us adore it, while others despise it.

Cooking, regardless of your stance, has been professionally proved to improve our mental health. Don’t simply take our word for it if you think this is unexpected news.

Continue reading to discover about the various ways that meal preparation may improve your mental health, as well as some suggestions for getting started!

Cooking Contributes to a Brain-Boosting Diet

Did you know that some meals can help you think better? A 2014 study found a link between poor mental health and bad eating habits.

Diet of the Mediterranean

A balanced diet free of processed foods, on the other hand, can improve your memory and maintain appropriate neurotransmitter activity.

The Mediterranean diet is one example of a cuisine that might enhance these mental health advantages. If you are unable to obtain fresh, healthy foods, consider contacting your local Community Supported Agriculture group (CSA). Give them a call to find out what your possibilities for assistance are.

Cooking fosters social interaction.

How frequently does a recipe generate only one serving? It is quite rare. Food is supposed to be shared, and cooking provides an easy way to foster community. You may seek the help of a friend to experiment in the kitchen, or you could invite some loved ones around for a meal.

When it comes to eating, there are several opportunities for social contact. Recent studies supports the socialization associated with cooking.

Cooking is an excellent intervention utilized in therapeutic and rehabilitative settings, according to a 2017 study published in the Health Education & Behavior Journal. If you’re not sure where to start, look up some YouTube videos and start exploring.

Cooking Improves Self-Esteem

When our mental health suffers, it is not unusual for our self-esteem to suffer as well. Achieving a long-desired recipe may dramatically boost your self-esteem. Cooking has been clinically demonstrated to enhance confidence significantly.

Cooking Can Assist You in Establishing a Routine

Routine is so good for our brains that it has inspired a type of psychotherapy. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) is a type of psychotherapy that is most typically utilized with people who suffer from bipolar illness.

This treatment recognizes how stressful life events and changes in one’s daily routine can provoke mental health concerns—in the case of bipolar illness, it might lead to the development of a manic or depressed episode. This sort of treatment encourages people to make a routine for when they go to bed, wake up, and eat, as well as other daily tasks. Our circadian rhythm can be balanced by sticking to a regimen. Cooking may become a regular part of your routine, adding to your general well-being.

Cooking Increases Creativity

According to a new study, including creative hobbies into your everyday life can considerably improve your mood and general well-being.

Another study classifies cooking as a creative activity, even highlighting the links between cooking and mood enhancement. So we can’t refute the science: wear your chef hat and bravely explore your kitchen to feel better than ever.

What to Do First

At this stage, you may be enthusiastic about cooking to improve your mental health but have no idea where to begin. Here are some suggestions:

Consider what some of your favorite foods are. Perhaps you enjoy foods that are difficult to prepare oneself, such as sushi or filet mignon.

That’s fine; you may still use it to get an idea of what tastes you would enjoy. You could, for example, bake fish in the oven or make a basic burger in a pan. Consider taking a culinary lesson.

You’re likely to be in the company of others who are also gaining confidence in the kitchen, which may make the experience less stressful.If you’re worried about travelling alone, ask a friend to accompany you. Make contact with your inner circle.

Asking a loved one to show you a few cooking tips and tricks may be a comfortable approach to get started.

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How food symbolizes love

Food is a sign of love when words fail. Always keep in mind that that a simple meal prepared with consideration for someone might mean the world to them.

Whoever said that the road to a man’s heart is via his stomach only spoke half the truth. The fact is that food is the way to everyone’s heart!

Source: How food symbolizes love – Towards A Better Life

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Why you should respect your food? Share it, Don’t waste it

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We should always respect the food we get because it is the blessing of the One Almighty God, who loves cares for us despite all our shortcomings.

Today let me share the story of a little boy who was ashamed of the tiffin his mother packed for him daily.

“For lunch, my mum serves me roti and sabzi (bread and veggies). It’s quite embarrassing. My schoolfriends make fun of me. I hardly ever open my tiffin box at school,” Golu used to say.

One day he happened to notice a child begging for food from every passerby one fateful day. Golu continued to stare at the child. He was so little and so hungry!

Golu recalled his lunch pail and pulled it out. He then handed it over to the pleading boy.He accepted the lunch with gratitude and a grin on his face, but he didn’t eat a morsel.He dashed over to another small child and began feeding him.Golu approached them with curiosity and inquired about the other boy.

He said that he was his brother, and that the two of them had not eaten anything for two days.

“Why don’t you eat half of it?” Golu inquired.

He was moved when the little boy replied that his brother is more hungry. Golu then dashed home and begged his mother for more food.

He offered it to the youngster and was pleased to see him devour the meal. Golu learned the value of food in life, as well as how fortunate he was to eat three meals a day, plus more pleasures!

Following that incident, Golu didn’t care what people thought of his tiffin and ate it regularly.


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Source: Why you should respect your food? Share it, Don’t waste it – Towards A Better Life

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What’s your idea of happiness?


Source: What’s your idea of happiness? – Towards A Better Life

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You can stop wasting food and save money; Here’s how



Every year, over £2.1 billion of fresh fruit and vegetables are thrown away in UK homes because they have become mushy, mouldy, or are out of date.

Fresh produce’s fate is determined by how it is stored, and storing it in the fridge will afford you more time.
Apples, for example, may be stored in a fruit bowl for more than 100 days, far longer than in a refrigerator.

A special consultant for domestic food waste at the environmental organisation Wrap, Helen White, says, “The only fruit in my house is bananas.” But, before you start rearranging your fridge, make sure it’s still cool.

The typical UK fridge is set at 6.6 degrees Celsius when it should be set to less than 5 degrees Celsius.
If you’re not sure how to regulate the temperature, the Love Food Hate Waste website includes a step-by-step guide.
It also includes a helpful A-Z guide to food storage.

Using the freezer “hits the pause button” on food spoilage, according to White, ahead of Food Waste Action Week, which begins on Monday.

In a supermarket, a tray of apples is on display.

Apples can be stored in the refrigerator for a longer period of time.
Photographer: Alamy/Barrie Harwood

However, she emphasises the importance of properly defrosting meat and poultry before usage.

This involves taking it out of the freezer and placing it in the fridge the day before, or using the defrost setting on your microwave.

The freezer is a handy tool for single-person families, which squander more than larger ones, generally because it is more difficult to buy the proper quantities.

White recommends freezing food in portions that “make sense for your home.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/mar/07/how-to-stop-wasting-food-and-save-money?utm_source=pocket-newtab-intl-en

Source: https://towardsabettterlife.wordpress.com/2022/03/26/you-can-stop-wasting-food-and-save-money-heres-how/

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Let food be your first medicine

Whole foods act as medicine to heal and protect your body and boost your immune system. Many nutrients in food promote health and protect your body from disease. Eating whole, nutritious foods is important because their unique substances work synergistically to create an effect that can’t be replicated by taking a supplement.

Source: Let food be your first medicine – Towards A Better Life

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What’s the key ingredient in your life?

Some people would agree with the quote in this photo that says: Food is the ingredient that binds us together. But, I would rather disagree and say that “Love” is the key ingredient in our lives that binds us together. What do you say?

Source: What’s the key ingredient in your life? – Towards A Better Life

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Overlooked cooking tips that changed how you cook – Towards A Better Life

Cooking is a talent that can be honed with fresh tips and tricks. In reality, even the most seasoned cooks are always learning new techniques.

“What cooking tip did you never think of that appeared so apparent and very helpful after someone taught it to you?” redditor u/smartchic65 asked.

This article has some of the responses that could help you improve your home cuisine.

The link given below in this post has several tips for great cooking. But, I found one of the best tips at the very start of it:

Here’s the tip: “Freeze the ends, scraps, and peels of soup stock vegetables (carrots, celery, onions) and meat bones so that you have everything you need to make a great handmade broth when you want to make soup. Because I despise waste, this is beneficial to me in a variety of ways. Plus, the aroma of handmade broth is indescribable.

For more tips Read:https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/cooking-tricks-people-wish-they-learned-sooner?utm_source=pocket_discover




Source: Overlooked cooking tips that changed how you cook – Towards A Better Life

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Ayurvedic expert debunks 3 top dietary myths – Towards A Better Life

Experts believe that by avoiding particular meals, we may be depriving ourselves of nutrition. Certain diets encourage you to eliminate all carbohydrate, fat, and sugar from your meals, which may have a severe influence on your health.

The key to success is moderation. Dr. Dixa Bhavsar, an Ayurvedic expert, has in this article debunkd three prevalent dietary fallacies.

Healthy fats, such as ghee and butter, are sometimes avoided by health-conscious people since they are thought to make us obese and raise our risk of various ailments.

On the other hand, not eating healthy fats may increase our risk of heart disease and even high cholesterol.

The balanced diet is the greatest type of diet.

The myths busted by Dr. Dixa Bhavsar:

Myth 1: Mangoes cause diabetes. Fact: “Neither mangoes nor any other sweet fruit, such as bananas, custard apples, and so on, cause diabetes.”

Diabetes is caused by eating more than you need, not moving enough, and living a sedentary lifestyle “according to the Ayurvedic expert

Myth 2: Rice makes you fat. Fact: “Rice does not make you fat, but your greed does.”

You will not gain weight if you eat rice in moderation on a daily basis.

I recommend rice (khichdi) to all of my patients who are trying to lose weight.

“What we eat, how we eat, and how much we consume- all of these factors are equally significant,” explains Dr. Bhavsar.

“Daily use of basmati rice with maintaining a sedentary lifestyle can undoubtedly make you obese, cause diabetes, and even cause cardiac problems.”

“As a result, it’s vital to choose your rice carefully,” she adds.

Myth 3: Ghee raises cholesterol levels.

True or false: “I wouldn’t say it raises cholesterol; rather, it lowers cholesterol.

A2 cow’s ghee improves your good cholesterol (HDL), and it also aids in the maintenance of healthy fat in the body, which is required for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K “Dr. Bhavsar believes

“I do not recommend cow ghee because it is fattening to some level and is not suitable for everyone.

People who desire to gain weight should consume buffalo ghee.

For the best results, always use A2 cow’s milk and ghee.

Original source of article: https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/health/top-3-common-food-myths-busted-by-ayurveda-expert-101644657671326.html

Source: Ayurvedic expert debunks 3 top dietary myths – Towards A Better Life

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