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Why Learning to Cook is More Important than Learning Sports...

August 30, 2016 | 0 comments

I love my mom and have great respect for everything she has done and continues to do for me, however cooking was not something I learned a lot about from her. My generation was the first one where both parents working was the norm, and that meant the advent of convenience foods. In addition to some home cooked meals, I remember Kraft Dinner with hotdogs, TV dinners (remember the aluminum sectioned trays?), Spam, cheese slices, Wonder Bread, Wagon Wheels and Flakies. I must have been cut out to be a Naturopathic Doctor from an early age, because I never liked any of these foods.

My mom is actually a wonderful cook, but will openly admit that she doesn’t like it. I learned to love it after I got married and my husband and I started cooking together. As I got more comfortable trying out new recipes, and learning the techniques (i.e. don’t leave your food unattended for too long, and measuring is important when baking!), I noticied how satisfying it feels to create something delicious. I'm definitely not a pro, and certain recipes still intimidate me, but I now get great enjoyment out of planning for and creating healthy food for me and my family (even though I sometimes I wish I had more time for it!).

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, but there are some basics that everyone needs to know to feel comfortable in the kitchen. It is somewhat of a lost skill – no longer is it the norm to teach it in schools (even though it was a long time ago, I still remember some of the cooking skills I learned in grade 7 and 8 home economics!). Menu planning is one key skill – you need to know what you want to make, and that you have the ingredients in your kitchen to save running out multiple times to the grocery store, or not making something at all. Eating home cooked meals are also much cheaper than eating out, and generally healthier.

I would love to teach adults and children how fun and rewarding cooking can be. That was my main inspiration for starting the “Healthy Eating Made Easier” Facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/259306521073686/).

For those who live closer to Saugeen Shores, would you be interested in having me host some cooking classes for adults or children? For those who are further away, what would be helpful for you? What would you most like to learn about?

I completely agree with the author of the article below that “Kids are leaving home now knowing more about how to play soccer or hockey than they do about how to cook meals from fresh whole ingredients.” Cooking is a life skill that we all need to know how to do. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I see what a difference the right supplements in the right amounts can make in helping people feel better, but none of them can replace the importance of healthy eating. It is true that “we are what we eat”, so let’s help each other be great because we are eating great, nutritious food!


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