Cooking can actually be therapeutic for health related issues

Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well

Cooking as a therapy to health related issues. Credits- Pixabay

Feb 16, 2017: We have all heard that ‘Food is a medicine’, and well it really is. Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well. While many of us may not be aware of the salubrious benefits of cooking despite spending hours in the kitchen, this article will quell all the substantiated claims about benefits of cooking. Therapists are claiming benefits to help people with different upheavals of emotions and other related mental health issues. Under mentioned are some health issues that can be dealt with cooking.

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  1. Stress 

Cooking helps in dealing with stress and ease anxiety.When you are preparing a recipe, you are only focusing on one thing and by doing that you get a relief from a chaotic life. When you’re focusing on the very moment, you’re not giving thought to the scurrilous past or worrying about future problems. It will ingrain mindfulness and completeness.

2. Slims waistline

It is a great way through which you can get a slimmer waistline. This is because when you eat at home you become wary of the portions you are adding in your meal. But this is not the case when you are eating at your nearby restaurants.

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3. Boosts Overall Health

When you cook yourself you are indulging into a healthy routine altogether. From easing stress to cooking a healthy meal, you are doing it all right. There is a growing acceptance which tells that choosing a high-quality diet helps in keeping your brain healthy as well.

4. Sense of Good Fortune

Cooking drives a sense of well being as you cook what is best for you and your body feels good about it. Self-cooked food also brings satiety and controls chronic hunger issues.It also gives you boundless joy which no other activity does.

5. Nutrition Value

One link between cooking and health is the nutrition value in the food. It becomes easier to control your diet as you prepare the food yourself, therefore you choose the right nutrition for yourself.

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6. Alleviates Confidence

Cooking alleviates confidence of a person and boosts high morale. A splash of appreciation from your beloved one can really make your day a beautiful one.

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7. Healthy Relationships

Cooking a delicious meal for your loved one can bridge the gap and helps in the resolving of issues between the two. Also, cooking with a partner can prompt the communication.

8. Healing

Cooking is a form of art and is being taken up as a therapeutic means to relax tangled nerves, soothing the senses, curb down boredom and distract the people from a tensed or overworked mind.

9. Catharsis

It can also bee seen as a medium to vent out all kinds of emotions. Catharsis means a way to ejaculate trapped emotions and hence cooking seems to be a right way of doing so without even harming oneself.

10. Experiment Creativity

Food is another form of creativity. You can experiment by adding and mixing new flavors depending on your taste and preference. Thus we can say that cooking is like an art where the bold strokes of brushes are replaced by whisking, mixing, chopping, and baking.

In psychological terms also cooking is acknowledged as therapeutic because it is related to behavioral activation. It is a positive activity with each step being a new goal easy to accomplish. With all the aforementioned benefits, we find fewer reasons to order a pizza and more reasons to uncover new recipes.

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By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94