Two weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with Shruti Raj who is the Content Head & PR Manager at ICCA Dubai (where Karl and I go to cooking school :) ), and the face behind the foodie blog Being Wholesome. Shruti loves talking, cooking and writing about food as much as I do, so she very kindly offered to share her insights into the benefits of homemade meals.
They say “food is the essence of life” which I believe is not only because it feeds your body but also nourishes your mind. And when it comes down to nurturing your mind and body, nothing beats homemade food prepared from scratch and served with love. Although with a busy & hectic lifestyle it’s difficult to find time to cook food for ourselves and our loved ones on a regular basis, I am sure we all have experienced this wonderful phenomenon at least while we were growing up mainly because times were much simpler back then.
Well, I agree times are different now and our lifestyle has also changed but should that be a reason to compromise on our mental and physical well-being? I say, nothing is more important than our health, and the very basic step towards that should begin from our kitchen. Yes, I am talking about some homemade goodness to keep us happy and healthy.
Cooking some simple and hearty meals for you and your family isn’t that big a deal. All it needs is a mind that is ready to put in the time and effort to make this work. Nobody is really that busy not to take care of their health; it’s all about priorities and it’s high time we prioritize our health over laziness which we often complain as lack of time.
Living in a digital era, we are blessed with so many comforts which are supposed to make our lives easy & convenient so that we have more time for other important things. But the irony is too much of convenience has spoiled us, and now we prefer only things that are easily accessible which is unfortunately the same with food as well.
We can’t deny the fact that for the sake of convenience our eating habits nowadays revolve around instant foods, takeaways, home deliveries and social eating, neglecting the very fact that we are enjoying this convenience at the cost of our health. I am not against eating out; we all need that lazy indulgence once in a while but that should be it, an occasional dine out and not the other way around.
When you start consuming homemade meals it is not only good for your health and pocket but it also sets some food traditions that bring the family closer. As of now, our food traditions are mostly limited to the weekend get togethers exploring new eateries or an occasional barbeque party with friends & family unless we are visiting our parents where traditions are all that you see on the table. If you think about it, we don’t really have such traditions to offer our younger generation like how our parents have for us because we are not creating any. And if you ask me, I strongly believe that such traditions are what we are made of.
The most important thing when you cook for yourself or your family is that you will not compromise on the quality of the ingredients that you use for cooking and this way you know your health is taken care of.
Now, there’s another interesting thing about cooking which most of us are not quite aware of; it is your emotional connection with the food when you’re cooking for yourself or your loved ones. While cooking, you know how you or your family would like to have it so you work around it keeping that in mind, and trust me this emotional connection has got a much bigger and positive impact on our health than we can even think of. This energy transfer through our emotions to food is a vast topic in itself which we can probably discuss sometime later but for now, all you have to understand is there’s no other better way to have food than cooking it by yourself or any of your loved ones at home.
It’s understood that not everyone is into cooking but hey, we live in a digital era and there are enough sources out there to help us get things done right in our kitchen in a much easier way. I support digital initiatives like Oscar & Jemima’s that help us cook with a well-planned menu encouraging us to make cooking our own meals an essential part of our busy lifestyle. The fact is we have more than enough amenities around us to make things work the way we want as long as we are willing to help ourselves by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Thanks Shruti! And don't forget to stay up to date with all of her foodie stories and recipes on her blog here,