By Azeeza Parker, Registered Dietitian
Get yourself out there, we’re told when it comes to meeting new people. Well, the same goes for improving our relationship with food – get yourself into that kitchen! We’ve all seen the representation of cooking, most TV shows highlight the takeout menus stocked in grocery cupboards and burning of spaghetti sauce. These are a few tips to get you more comfortable in the kitchen and with food in general.
Convenience foods and appliances:
If using convenience foods such as pre-prepared veggies or salads will lessen the stress of being in the kitchen, go for it. Diet culture will have us believe that we need fancy equipment in order to be healthy, but at the end of the day these gadgets have no health benefits. However, they can make your life a bit easier by cutting down cooking time or waiting for ovens to heat up!
Think back to childhood favourites:
The easiest way to get into the kitchen is by recreating foods you grew up with. Talk to family and community members about recipes and tricks when it comes to staple foods in your area. Not only does this help you interact with your food but it forms relationships with those around you.
Explore new cuisines or dishes:
Humans love habits and routine – even when we say we don’t. If food becomes mundane, boring and habitual, of course our relationship with it will become a bit strained. Why not pick an item in the grocery store that you’d never thought about using or choosing something different off a menu? Experience builds on any relationship, including the one we have with our food.
Remember, food shouldn’t be fancy or expensive to be wholesome, it just needs love, attention and creativity.