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How I found love, peace, and gratitude in cooking

How I found love, peace, and gratitude in cooking

  • How I found love, peace, and gratitude in cooking
  • How I found love, peace, and gratitude in cooking
  • How I found love, peace, and gratitude in cooking

“Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.”

Charles Pierre Monselet, French author

 

How I found peace and relaxation in cooking

It is very true; I love cooking and I love eating. Cooking has become a part of me that I admire so dearly. I didn’t start cooking until I went to college; somewhere very far from home. Then I knew I had to learn how to cook for myself. At first trial, I did not appreciate the taste quite well. It was nothing like mother’s home-cooked meal but, it was not a cause to give up. I continued to try until I was able to make a decent edible meal. I started with noodles and pasta because they were the easiest and convenient food to make in the hostel. Several trials later, I graduated to making gourmet dishes and trying out other people’s recipes online.

Like any other millennial , I love my phone. Interacting with people on social media has become a part of my daily activity. Although sometimes I think of it as a way to avoid interacting with people face to face (social anxiety). However, with time, I started to connect with myself more and more to the point where I was able to feel relaxed and at peace whenever I’m cooking. When I’m cooking, I completely withdraw myself from any distraction and stress from my reality. As much as I love my phone, I don’t pay attention to it when I have my chef pants on instead, I spend more time appreciating the mouthwatering aromatic flavor of what’s cooking on the stove.

 

What’s my favorite food

I grew up loving beans and rice with stew (African’s know about this). It was the dish that most families ate on Sundays and any other day. Fast forward to me permanently residing here in the united states. I became more adventurous with food; trying out novel foods including pizza. The first time I had pizza, I vomited all over the place. My stomach could not digest it. I suppose it was just too cheesy for it but, that did not stop me from eating it again (second time around was the charm). Now, I love pizza and any food that is well cooked and delicious. I’m very adventurous with food. It’s like my anxiety and fear of everything disappears when it comes to food and cooking.

 

Cooking as a coping skill

I know I am not the only one who feels the need to start cooking when stressed. Studies have shown that some patients diagnosed with mental health disorder utilize cooking as a coping skill. Furthermore, enrolling in a cooking therapy program can help motivate patient to staying active and eating a balanced diet.

 

Appreciate the little things

Next time when you find yourself doing something that you enjoy, avoid distractions, try to focus on that activity alone, put the device away, escape from social media, and the internet. Those little things can be anything you want it to be such as eating your favorite meal, writing, drawing, gazing at the sunset, spending time with yourself, etc.  I recommend performing any of your favorite activity in a quiet environment for a more efficient outcome. If you enjoy cooking like me, try to savor every aroma, you will notice that the taste of every bite is different each time. If you have no idea on how to practice savoring your food and making every bite count, six ways to slowly savor your food talks more in-depth about the several steps to take.

 

I know we all have that one thing that we enjoy so much.  I found love, peace, and gratitude, in cooking and I’m so grateful that I did.

 

She loves food!!!!
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