This weekend I am taking a cooking class. I am really excited to learn more about Thai cooking, but I am especially excited to get to share this time with some of my friends. Although we have arranged this as a social gathering activity, the more I think about it, the more I realize there is additional value in signing up for a cooking class.
January is always time for change and reflection. We make promises to ourselves about changing how we eat. Then it should be no surprise my inbox was filling up with ads for cooking classes (it’s fair to say I am on a lot of mailing lists for companies that sell kitchen items!). These range from basic cooking skills to targeted classes focused on one type of ethnic cuisine. One thing is clear…there are options!
We all have our talents and some may be more skilled in the kitchen than others. Like I said, the options out there cover all of the bases. From basic to advanced level kitchen skills. Instead of just thinking or talking about how you would like to change your diet, consider investing in a cooking class or two. The more you develop those skills the better off you will be when committing to enjoying more healthy foods. It all starts in the home. Knowing more about food preparation and making that connection to your food in it’s most basic (and raw) form will help you better understand food and nutrition in general. Having that better understanding or knowledge about foods and cooking techniques will empower you to make better decisions about the foods you eat on a daily basis.
This is my challenge to you. Just like I will be taking a cooking class this weekend, I challenge you to sign up for a cooking class. Find something local, grab a few friends, and make a promise to each other that what you learn in that class you will apply to help you eat more meals at home rather than at restaurants or fast food establishments. Pick something in your skill level. Try something you have never done before. Commit to learning new cooking skills that will help you stay on track with a healthy diet this year and beyond. Most importantly, have fun in the kitchen!
Will you accept my challenge?