The Magic Happens in the Kitchen

What do you think about when you contemplate cooking?

Does it feel like a chore, or a joy?

Sometimes I feel like cooking is just one more thing that needs to be done, but when I remember how much GOODNESS I can bring into myself and my home when making food, it becomes a wonderful thing to do.

If you’re focused on becoming more healthy or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, what you eat and how you eat it is of the highest importance.

And if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s all about what you eat. Exercise is vital, but wise food choices make all the difference!

Here are some ways to bring magic into your kitchen and to your table:

1.) Take a deep breath. Yep, it works for cooking just like it helps in yoga. Give yourself the chance to ENJOY the task!

2.) Turn on some fun or soothing music. Music does such a great job of setting a mood. What do you need? If you’re feeling tired, maybe something with a groovy beat will get your energy up. If you’re feeling stressed, perhaps some calming music to bring balance. Maybe even light a candle or two!

3.) Choose wholesome ingredients. Cooking with whole foods not only honours your body and encourages health, it also feels good. Know that sugar and starches discourage fat loss, while fiber, lean proteins and veggies encourage it!

Base as much of your diet as you can on fresh veggies, whole grains, meats that are grass-fed and raised with integrity, legumes, and seasonal fruits. If you’re buying packaged food, try to get ones that have less ingredients, and more simple combinations of ingredients. Read labels! It makes a difference.

4.) Know where your food comes from. It’s scary to realize that almost all corn, wheat, canola, soy and many other foods that aren’t organic are genetically modified. GMO foods have been linked to cancer and other diseases, so be very aware of where your food comes from. Read labels. Buy organic whenever possible. Grow your own food as much as you can and support local producers.

5.) Connect with gratitude. Food carries energy, so when you’re preparing foods and eating them you’re connecting with the elements of earth, sun, water, and air. If you’re aware of this, you’ll
find you’re more grateful for the food.

And when you take a moment to bless your food before you eat, it literally makes the meal more wholesome and enjoyable, as well as helping your body be in a state where digestion can happen more easily because you are calm, mindful, and focused on the food rather than something else.

Remember, when you’re eating you’re not just bringing food into your body, but energy as well. If you’re stressed or angry, that energy is ingested more deeply or cooked into the food.

So take the time to breathe, let go, be grateful, and bring the best of yourself to the art of cooking and the sweetness of eating.

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