Are we making time for the right things?

How our priorities are affecting our health.

Throw stones in a glass house?  I just might in this post – I’m guilty.

A couple weeks ago Cindy and I went to see Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser at USC.  The discussion was fascinating and they talked about a number of interesting topics.  For whatever reason, however, there was one thing Michael Pollan said that really struck a chord.  He talked about how the art of cooking has been forgotten in the American culture, and how food has become so accessible and our lives so jam-packed that there is no time to cook anymore.  “Amazingly enough though”, he said, “we have two extra hours in our day to watch TV or browse the internet.”  Think about that for a minute, because he’s spot on.  Somewhere along the line we started caring more about Grey’s Anatomy and Jersey Shore more than the food that we put into not only ours, but our family and children’s bodies.

Personally, I used to eat frozen meals and packaged foods almost exclusively, so by no means am I one to preach.  Recently, however, I have begun to cook more, or at least help out in the kitchen in an effort to learn.  Changing to a healthier diet almost requires that you get in the kitchen and cook more.  And it really goes back to knowing what you’re eating.  When you’re in the kitchen cutting, baking, steaming, or sautéing, you know exactly what you’re going to be putting into your body.  On the flip side, it’s hard to know what you’re eating when you peel back the plastic wrapper on a TV dinner.

I’ll be the first one to agree that cooking is hard, especially if you’re cooking for one.  But I can honestly say that eating a meal you have cooked yourself is extremely satisfying.  There is something calming about knowing exactly what is in your meal, and really, only cooking can give you that comfort.  Now my cooking adventures don’t always end up well.  Ok, usually don’t end up well. But even in the situations where the meal hasn’t quite turned out the way I wanted, it still manages to be a bit tastier than it otherwise would have, and it’s because I cooked it and I know that I’m going to feel good after I eat it.

Mini Challenge: Cook dinner one night this week.  If it’s for one, blast your favorite tunes and get after it.  And don’t forget to cook extra! That way you can have leftovers for a couple more meals.  If you have a friend, enjoy his/her company while you cook.  You’ll be surprised how well it turns out and how much more satisfying it is to get your hands dirty.

Let us know how it goes!

Guys: If your lady is doing the cooking, keep her company and offer to do the dishes.  It may lead more sex.  Do I have your attention now?