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Why You Should Stop Making Excuses & Cook at Home

IMG_4493As a fitness expert, I know everyone wants to look like a supermodel and eat like Miss Piggy. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work unless you are one of those rare individuals with exceptional genetics and metabolism. Eating out all the time is too tempting and thus we blow our diets. So I recommend that most people cook at home. In most cases I encounter initial resistance, and a lot of “genuine” excuses. From my experience, the best training results from being careful about what you consume and eating a healthy, balanced, protein-rich diet with fiber, healthy carbs, and healthy oils. Unless you have a personal chef, you will need to shop wisely for healthy, affordable food and cook at least some of the time.

Let me share with you some objections to healthy food preparation that I have heard from my clients, along with my own commentary and insights:

“It’s too expensive for me”
True, it costs more to buy healthy food, but at the end of the day, it’s worth it to add a few more dollars to the grocery bill in order to boost your intake of essential vitamins and minerals for the benefit of your skin, hair, body and immune system. There’s no doubt organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food, but it’s so worth it. It’s your body and you only get one. Even if you buy organic, cooking at home ends up being cheaper when you factor in the cost of health care. Food is prevention; food is a cure to whatever ails us. So many diseases are stopped dead in their tracks by your immune system when you get the nutrition your body needs. We are all exposed to the same environmental stressors (viruses, pollutants and so forth), but not everyone gets sick or to the same degree. Viruses are more likely to thrive in an unhealthy body that is full of pollutants such as chemical additives, preservatives and saturated fats and lacking in vitamins and minerals. Your immune system needs proper fuel to function. Invest in yourself and your health by cooking at home, and spare yourself the days off work, the medication, and the medical bills.

“I don’t have time”
Maintaining health takes time: time to train, to shop, to cook, to research, to plan, to attend workshops, to watch educational or inspirational videos. He who doesn’t invest time in his health will eventually spend that valuable time treating and recuperating from disease. Those who want something badly enough will find the time to accomplish it. If you are a busy person, simply cook for the whole week in advance on the weekend — partition the food into meal-sized portions in Tupperware containers and freeze half of it. Before you leave the house, just grab a container of prepared food and you have a healthy meal ready to eat. If mornings are chaotic and rushed, prepare your breakfast the day before. For example, prepare your shake/smoothie the night before by loading the blender with the various fruits and vegetables and put it in the refrigerator; then in the morning simply take it out, and the ice, liquids (almond milk etc.), powders (protein powder, green powder, etc.) and hit the Smoothie button. Or prepare steel-cut organic oatmeal the night before and reheat it in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast.

“I have no idea how to cook”
Everyone has family (parents, aunts, uncles, cousins) or friends who know how to cook. Spend some quality time with them in the kitchen and — who knows — you might even enjoy it! Also, we live in the Internet age, with so many recipes, tips, and instructional videos available at our fingertips. With this wealth of information there’s no way you won’t understand how to cook. Be willing to experiment, to make mistakes, and it will turn out fine.

“I’m not a good cook”
This one is a total cop-out. This means you haven’t put enough effort into it. With enough trial and error, you will get to competence. There’s no need to cook gourmet meals to eat well and healthy. Start with something simple, like an omelet, and move on from there. Take it one step at a time, like a child learning to walk. You wouldn’t expect a baby to run long distances at one year old, so don’t set unreasonable expectations of yourself as a cook either. Encourage yourself every step of the way, celebrate your successes, and be patient with yourself. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you’ll be at it. One day you just might surprise yourself by teaching someone else to cook.

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I wish I were…

"To think we can live without beauty is part of the craziness of our time." So writes J. Ruth Gendler in her luscious book, Notes on the Need for Beauty. When I read that sentence, I immediately paraphrased it in my mind, "To think we can live without peace is part of the craziness of our time."

The author of the worldwide bestseller, The Book of Qualities, Gendler’s new book is a paean to Beauty. In it, she goes deep, deep into beauty, what it is, what it isn’t, how we get there, how we see, who we are in relation to Beauty.

One of Gendler’s points is that we, as a race, are "exiled from Beauty." We are exiled, too, from peace. At the same time, we exile ourselves from both. There is only one option here, and that is to learn to embody beauty and to learn to embody peace. In fact, I might go so far as to say that when we learn to embody beauty, embodying peace will be much easier.

Why is that? Let us turn to one of the great theologians of our time-Miss Piggy. She says, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." You go, girl.

We are not all meant to resemble Catherine Deneuve or George Clooney. We are meant to be as beautiful as we can recognize ourselves to be. We are the beholders. One of Gendler’s truths is "Beauty doesn’t live in us so much as between us and through us," and so does peace.

There is a simple way to begin to notice Beauty in ourselves and in the world. Each person can do this practice: Notice what you love. It is love that makes things, people, places, sounds, sentences beautiful. Become a beholder of beauty, dear one.

And if you can’t, or won’t, take a page out of another great theologian’s book, Bishop Desmond Tutu. He was quoted in this month’s Vanity Fair Africa issue, "I wish I were a pacifist. I am not a pacifist, I’m a peace-lover." Now paraphrase the Bishop, "I wish I were a beauty. I am not a beauty, I’m a beauty-lover."

Ruth Gendler is right. We need beauty in this world. We also need peace. Perhaps as we behold more and more beauty, peace will sneak into our hearts with it.

 

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Orignially posted for Ode Magazine

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