When it comes to healthy cooking, most people already know the rules: cook a lot of vegetables, limit simple carbs and do not drown it all in sugar. The physical impact the food has on us is only part of what it does. Cooking is not just chopping, boiling, frying and baking: it can be art. Good art does not have to be complicated, but it has to move us emotionally and eventually change us in a positive way. Food, prepared the certain way, can do that, too.

8 Rules for Healthy Cooking. Vitamin L:

  1. Always cook as a way to share love. Why did grandma’s food always taste good? Why, if you try an amazing meal somewhere, and later get a recipe and prepare it, it tastes different? It’s the vitamin L- the love ingredient. The emotions of the cook are in the food he/she prepares. Try to not approach the kitchen when stressed and angry, as your negative emotions would infuse the meal. The best way to cook is to cook with a continuous prayer or with a spiritual music in the background. This way you attune yourself with higher energies than human emotions.
  2. Keep the kitchen clean. Dirty dishes, oily counter, stuff everywhere make you want to order pizza, not to cook anything healthy.
  3. Baking is a spiritual practice. When I bake, I repeat my prayers and the repetitive motions of mixing and kneading the dough really transmit my prayers into the food. I believe the prayers even help my bread to rise better.
  4. Keep all the flavors in the food you serve. Bland dishes cause overeating. Meals with one dominating flavor cause imbalance. It is much harder to overeat, when the sour, the sweet, the salty, the bitter, the pungent and the astringent tastes are present in the food. You also are not likely to crave snacks and sweets after such meal.
  5. Serve raw vegetables with every meal. Breakfast can include a green smoothie and lunch and dinner can include salads, but raw vegetables should make up a large percentage of your diet.
  6. Gather everyone at a table at least once a day. Food is a wonderful connector. If you cook with the energy of love, the family will gladly share the meal and the love.
  7. Invite someone to share your food at least once a week. The modern American disconnect has done a disservice to relationships. While it’s fun to be on your I-phone alone sometimes, it is vital to share the love you put into your cooking with those you care about, because it infuses your house with love in return.
  8. Treat cooking seriously. It is not just something you have to do to feed hungry family members. It is not something that needs to be done mindlessly and gotten over with quickly. Cooking is your way to share love with those you care about. Do not treat this opportunity casually.

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About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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