Cooking with love is one of the greatest things you can do for your stress level and your health! Even if you don’t enjoy cooking now, there are plenty of ways to find enjoyment in it, which can drastically lower your stress (and your cortisol level).
Have you ever seen that movie Like Water for Chocolate? In Ayurveda (just like in the movie), the energy you put forth during the cooking process is absorbed by the meal you prepare for yourself and others. If you have a hard time getting yourself in the mood to cook, say a mantra of gratitude before you begin. Put on your favorite music, pour yourself a comforting drink, and get the family involved. Set up your pantry and shortcuts so you’ll only have 20 minutes of combined prep and cooking time, which will allow you to relax and enjoy rather than rushing. When you cook in a relaxed state, you put more care into every action—and as any great cook knows, that can mean a majorly delicious outcome. Cooking with love and feeling grateful can change your meals for the better and create a lasting nurturing attitude toward making delicious meals at home.
Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef”, is a leader in promoting healthy, vibrant lifestyles though a diet of delicious and nutritious easy-to-prepare meals. A classically trained chef, certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Iserloh is the best-selling author of 50 Shades of Kale and Healthy Cheats, among other books.