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Why you should start cooking right now

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For some people, going out to eat is a Friday night kind of thing. For others, it’s a Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night kind of thing.
Cooking at home is a growing nuisance among teens, young adults, and families in general. With apps like Uber Eats, fast food chains, and quickly paced lifestyles it’s easy to lose the connection one has with food.
The consumable, premade package with a pretty marketing bow plops out of its factory tube into every convenient nook and cranny. It’s never been easier to take advantage of this lifestyle.
Although the convenience of eating out has been around for some time, there are trends over the past twenty years that suggest Americans have a growing hate for eating in or cooking.
A survey conducted by a researcher working as a consultant for consumer packaged goods companies revealed in the Harvard Business Review that ten percent of Americans love cooking (a five percent decrease from the first administered survey 15 years prior), 45 percent hate cooking and 45 were “on the fence.”
Specifically, the millennial generation eats out more than the general population.
We’re eating more but enjoying it less. There is a lack of meaning and joy in what we eat, and it’s hurting our pockets. It’s so much easier to say “ why go home and make something when all your friends are going out” or “why bring a sandwich you made when you can pick up Panera on the way.”
It’s just easier.
Easier isn’t always easier on funds or actually enjoying the food you’re eating. For just one benefit of saving time, you lose the joy of making food, taking your time to eat it and acknowledge its privilege, the skill that you’ll eventually need in college (unless you really like ramen) and the money you save here and there that really adds up.
The skill of cooking is therapeutic and adds a whole new layer to what you eat. It makes it easier to be healthy and more conscious when eating out.
With the speed of life steadily increasing, a lot of our time is demanding us to be at school the shuttling to other activities. What we eat is one of the few choices we have the most control of on a daily basis.
We can choose to slow down the day and enjoy what we put into our bodies.
While there is a growing food movement that focuses on greater availability of fresh foods and improving school lunches (except at H-F), there is still a missing link in the food chain cooking

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One Response to “Why you should start cooking right now”

  1. Elizabeth Jackson on April 5th, 2018 9:44 am

    Don’t stop writing. Enjoyable.

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