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Healthy Cooking

When it comes to the food you eat, you constantly face a decision: health on one side or convenience and pleasure on the opposite end. Your choices are influenced by several factors, age is one.

If you’re young and in sound health you may tend to set aside health considerations because you’re body is still strong, but when you’re a bit older or old with some aches here and there you may be inclined to favor healthy foods and healthy ways of preparing them.

If you decide to choose health, you will have to give up a certain degree of convenience and pleasure. To ensure that you’re meals are healthy you may have to do more cooking and eat more food which are not pleasing to your palate. However, cooking your meals more often does not ensure that you are consuming healthy foods, you can just as easily be gobbling down fast food quality meals. Given what you have been used to, you will have to learn a whole new way of cooking and eating. But, it’s not as cumbersome or painful as you may think; and the returns are immense.

Practicing healthy cooking will give you the freedom to reduce, vary or eliminate ingredients which are certified harmful for your health. Often, you will find that there are now substitutes for those worrisome elements and staples of your kitchen table. There are also a variety of ways you can adapt healthy cooking and numerous new tools that can simplify and speed up the process.

Learning to cook healthy meals opens up a new door for you. You will, in time, be thrilled at discovering those new methods, new tastes and new recipes.

Changing something is never boring.

Of course, the most important argument for altering the way you prepare your meals is your health. Before you ever have a stroke or go into dialysis, take measures now. Getting sick will take a lot more of your time and productivity than finding time to choose and prepare the food you eat the healthy way, not to mention the burden to your wallet.

If you’re thinking convenience, what more can be more inconvenient than being hospitalized or worse suffer irreversible damage to your body and faculties.  Know too, that pleasure will just be a dream once you are in such a dire situation.

Being healthy does not just mean that you are not sick. An offshoot of healthy cooking and eating is that you will find yourself more energetic, more alert, active and cheerful. You will find that even your mood and your temper are sound or great. Too much fat and sugar in your body can make you grumpy, especially, if you’re carrying extra weight and catching you’re breathe after just going four steps up the stairs.

If you have a family, introducing your children to healthy cooking will have lots of benefits. Starting them young and breaking bad habits early will be easier. They will grow up to make healthy choices and practice what you have trained them in. Knowing that is enough consolation and return for all your efforts.

There is no good argument which will justify choosing to live in convenience and pleasure now, if in ten to twenty years you are living but not alive.

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