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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

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Indians Are Cooking Western Food In Their Kitchens: Survey

79% of Indians are preparing western food in their kitchen, says survey

Majority of Indians cook western food. Pixabay

At least 79 per cent Indians are preparing western food in their kitchens, at least once a week, which is mostly consumed during evening or dinner time as a full meal, a survey by market research firm Ipsos said on Wednesday.

The survey titled ‘The Evolving Indian Palate’, was conducted with 1,000 households across 14 cities who consumed non-home cooked western food in the last one month and prepared western food at home, with the help of western sauces or spreads, at least once a month.

“The Dr Oetker-Ipsos survey has revealed some interesting insights into western food consumption habits in urban India. It is indeed encouraging for us to see that consumers today are more open to experimenting with food in their kitchens with Indo-Western fusion food becoming a rage in particular,” said Oliver Mirza, Managing Director, and CEO for Dr Oetker India & SAARC.

The advantage that western food has in terms of ease of preparation makes it a convenient choice, the Oetker – Ipsos survey has further revealed.

The survey also found that only about 19 per cent of households consume western food during breakfast.

Key trigger for the growing interest in western foods is convenience with comments like it is “easy to cook” (68 per cent) and has wide acceptance, with comments like “good to share with family and friends” (57 per cent), “Enjoyed by children” (53 per cent) and “Good to serve to guests” (46 per cent), the research said.

The advantage that western food has in terms of ease of preparation makes it a convenient choice. Pixabay

However, western food is not relegated to special or celebratory occasions.

Seventy per cent respondents said that western food is more likely to be a meal replacement rather than being limited to occasions owing to its ease of preparation.

The study found that irrespective of cuisines, preparation of western foods at home is a family affair with two out of five people preparing meals with assistance such as spouse (34 per cent), friend (23 per cent) or another family member (38 per cent).

The research also found that younger people are embracing western foods more.

As a result, seven out of 10 western food consumers are below 30 years of age, with the western food drive being led mostly by the youth and children in their families.

“Despite the entrenched traditional food habits, urban Indians are increasingly becoming open to Western cuisine with more people taking to Western food as a part of their regular consumption regime. Wide access to information, time-pressed and evolving lifestyles, are the key factors to this change,” said Sreyoshi Maitra, Executive Director, Ipsos.

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“Interestingly, kitchens in the western food consuming Indian households have on an average three western sauces (apart from Ketchup) of which mayonnaise and pasta pizza sauce top the charts,” she added. (IANS)