Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!
I love cooking for myself, I love my own food. I love shopping and cleaning and preparing and cooking it, it makes me so happy. Keeping my body healthy in optimum shape, is my priority. I exercise, I stay away from stress, I pay attention to the thoughts I have about myself and I watch the food I eat.
In my early 40’s when I found out that I had high blood pressure, was the first time that I realized that I had to change my eating habits. So, I started to change towards a healthier lifestyle and I’ve been watching what I eat ever since. I started reading the labels on everything. I started buying fresh vegetables instead of canned, or ready cooked food that was filled with preservatives to keep it fresh and tasting good. And over the years I’ve learned how to cook and how to shop. I’ve developed a sense for combining different herbs, to flavor the food, I don’t use salt, sugar or a lot of fat in my cooking.
I hope that I can inspire you to make healthy choices that will benefit you but, I’m not going to lie, creating good habits takes effort and commitment. We don’t always have the time, or feel like it, and that’s ok, you don’t have to cook every night, and keep in mind that this is a journey that will take time. It didn’t happen for me over night, I learned along the way, I’m still learning, but the more that you’ll become aware of the benefits to yourself from eating fresh ingredients that you cook up yourself, the more you’ll want to cook and aren’t you and your family, worth it?
My mother-in-law always said that, what you put into your body when you’re young, will show up on you when you’re old, and boy was she right. Before finding out about having high blood pressure I didn’t pay attention to how I was abusing my body and the effect it was having on me. A couple of years ago I developed IC which my doctor said is because of all the years of smoking I did. Everything affects your body. Now more than ever I have to be very careful of what I eat so, cooking for myself is a must if I want to stay healthy, a good thing I love to cook 🙂 I even bake my own cookies, I’ve learned to substitute ingredients that are better for me but give the food lots of flavor. For example, I use carob chips instead of chocolate chips, I have the flavor of chocolate but carob does not have caffeine which is not good for me.
Here’s a tip for you:
One of the things that really helps me, is to always have cooked food in the freezer. It’s great for days when I’m too tired or, I don’t feel like cooking. What I do is when I’m cooking, I always cook extra, I divide the leftovers into portions and put into the freezer. I always have cooked rice, pasta, fish, baked chicken, beans, and of course cookies 🙂 it’s great.
My health is the most important thing I have. By cooking for myself I know what ingredients I’m using, I know the quality of the food and that makes me feel healthy, happy and grateful.
Beautiful Thanksgiving table scape, I love this, here
Courtney Carver’s 5 gentle rules to help you feel good, I love this here
On my Instagram, here
OK I have to confess, when I saw the sign for the Pomegranate, I thought it was misspelled LOL so I looked it up and turns out that’s the correct spelling and I’ve been wrong for years, I always spelled it, pomegranet LOL, who knew?
Hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts, I’d love to know.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend & week ahead & blessings!
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