What's your plan for the weekend? Fall's here. Are you going to cook? Soup for the week, maybe a nice chili? Many of the outside activites are coming to an end -- perhaps you're looking forward to some free time.
Seriously, if you're trying to manage what you eat so you can live a long, healthy, and productive life, it's time for you to get back into your kitchen.
We can't continue to eat out as much as we are. Did you know more than half of the American food budget is spent on food outside the home -- more than half!!!
When you cook, you control the ingredients. You decide the portions. You are back in the drivers seat.
I've been doing a lot of research lately on obesity and it seems to me, if we cooked more, I don't think we would have the weight problems we do. I'm not saying we would all be thin necessarily but I don't think we would have as many people carrying as much weight as we do. I think cooking makes us more mindful of what we're doing when we eat. We eat less often during the day if we have to cook -- let's face it, if you have to get dishes out of the fridge, prepare or heat something, and do dishes afterwords, that's a lot of work to engage in if you're not really physically hungry.
So give it some thought. Start small -- just plan out one meal for this week if you don't normally cook. Or if you do, maybe it's time to start packing a couple lunches for the week.
Brought from home saves calories. You don't bring 3-4 serving sizes like you are served at every restaurant now days.
Wouldn't it be ironic if your weight management success came from spending more time in the kitchen....cooking?