BWW Blog: - Chris Crowthers - F*ck Off, Seamless. Viva la Cook at Home Revolution!
We've become a society that wants food NOW.
We don't even have to talk to another human being to get a meal delivered to our front door. We can simply open an app on our phones!
These, along with an infinite number of other take-out and delivery options, make having a meal in your home super simple, easy, and convenient. But where are the days of a delicious and nutritious home-cooked meal?
What are we missing out on by not cooking meals ourselves?
You may have heard that cooking your meals at home can have a huge effect on your personal health and hotness. Like we always say at MFF, "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the in the gym."
Cooking at home can be far more nutritious and can help build and sustain healthy habits. You know what actually goes into each dish. You can control portion size. You can cut back on oils and fats as needed, and you're likely to be eating more fruits, vegetables, and healthier foods. In short, you're consuming fewer calories, fewer carbs, less sugar, and less fat than those who cook less, or don't cook at all.
What's often not known is that on top of all of the health benefits, there are many more perks to getting in touch with your inner Betty Crocker. By choosing to prepare your meals at home, you have an important opportunity to de-stress, slow down, save, appreciate, educate, create, relate, and connect; each one of these benefits can add more to your overall well being, sometimes even more so than physical health benefits.
'Get In Bed' With Your Food
A lot of people live in a very "cold" relationship with food, leaving them instilled with a fear of preparing food for themselves. This is often based on a story they are telling themselves about how they don't know how to cook or that they will do it wrong.
"I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say, 'I just don't know how to cook,'" says health coach Beth Wittig Clayton, founder of Soul Body Life. "When I hear this, I realize they believe they can't cook which leaves them reliant on processed food or take-out. It's the story, not the skill, that is the problem."
This fear and unwillingness to prepare food is preventing people from having a relationship with food outside of consuming it.
Steph Wilberding, our resident MFF show choir captain and personal health and wellness coach, adds, "Home cooking puts a person in a relationship with food, quite literally - physically preparing the meal, finding the recipe, buying the ingredients, chopping, roasting, plating. It can also take a person out of stress mode, which is key for obvious mental benefits."
"Growing food, shopping for food, and preparing food are ways to engage in where our food comes from and nourishes in a way that is more than simply eating," says Wendy Bazilian, registered dietitian and an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist. "I think of nourishments as much broader that 'nutrition' - it's the impact of food and eating on our social, cultural, personal well-being."
As a society, we are always on the go and are generally operating under some form of stress - work, family, money, crowded trains, etc. Living in NYC or any big city, you can literally get food at the snap of finger, which is super convenient and can save time.
But Mr. Mark Fisher himself notes that cooking at home "forces people to slow down. For the most part I enjoy keeping a fast pace, but I've come to appreciate preparing food as a 'speed bump,' as it calms down my brain."
Having ownership over your cooking and eating can wind up having a pretty profound effect on your life. Clayton says that "self-care is the first step to empowerment." When you start eating in a high-energy way, it's likely that your mood will elevate, you'll feel better and when you feel better you are more likely to show up as the best version of yourself.
Cooking That Makes Cents
Eating out is EXPENSIVE! In a 2014 study conducted by the University of Minnesota, it was found that the total household food dollars spent on meals eaten away from home is over 50% higher compared to 30 years ago.
Whether you're dining out at a restaurant, bringing home prepaRed Foods, or logging into Seamless, you're paying for someone else to do something you can do yourself. When prepaRed Food is purchased, you are paying for the labor, the mark-up on the ingredients, and the cost of running somebody's business, including rent and utilities.
Think about this: every time you order food on Seamless, part of the price they charge you is the cost of the internet access they need to receive the order in the first place. If you order food online, you're paying for someone's wifi. WTF?!?!
But Dustin Harder, The Vegan Roadie, notes that "people can plan within as strict of a budget as needed."
If you were to go to the deli near your work for lunch, you'd likely spend at least $10-$12. If you do that 5 days a week, that's $50 just on lunch.
According to Zagat, $48.56 is the average price per person for a dinner out in New York City, which is $8.03 higher than the national average. A typical New Yorker goes out to dinner on average 2.7 per week so, after spending a hot second with a calculator, that adds up to $131 per week and over $500 per month spent on dinners.
Think of all the delicious groceries you could buy with that money, along with that new pair of shoes or a vacation!
Food For Thought
Food is so much more than just something that tastes good and fills up your stomach. Sure, it can nourish, heal, and energize but it can also boost your creativity as you learn to combine nutritious foods and try new ingredients.