More than ever before in human history, the average person today has the ability to tailor their diet to their specific preferences and ideal specifications, in ways ranging from nutrient balance, to the rearing conditions of animal products, and the pesticides used on crops.
One consequence of this is that a new “food culture” has developed, where more and more ordinary people are beginning to embrace the benefits of a lifestyle that takes the kitchen – or at least the dinner plate – extremely seriously.
This trend isn’t just limited to human beings, either. These days, we are perhaps just as likely to look for high-quality food for our pets, and services such as Time for Paws are happy to help us out in that regard.
If you are naturally on the frugal and minimalistic side of things, and want to keep your life as straightforward, essential, and affordable as possible, you might feel guilty about spending a large chunk of your monthly budget on more or less gourmet, organic foodstuffs.
If that’s the case, here are just a few reasons why good food is one thing that it’s really worth spending good money on, after all.
Because what you eat literally becomes a part of you!
It may sound cliched and hyperbolic to say that “you are what you eat,” but in a very real sense, you actually are. Or, to put it slightly differently, what you eat literally becomes a part of you.
One of the big problems with trans fats is that they are incorporated into the structure of your cells – where their unstable and harmful nature can wreak havoc on your health down the line. By the same token, having enough high-quality protein from the right kinds of sources determines the quality of your skin and hair, among other things.
When you eat inflammatory foods, you can expect that your body will be in a state of more or less chronic and systemic inflammation. Whereas if you eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties, and the right balance of vitamins and minerals, the various structures of your body will benefit accordingly.
Considering that the food you eat is used as the fuel and building blocks for your body, it makes sense to prioritise high-quality food that will have the best overall effect on your physical and mental health and resilience.
Because, down the line, your health and your physical well-being will have been well worth the investment.
Because with good nutrition you will be a more capable, useful, and positive presence for the people you care about!
We all basically like to think that we can just “be our best selves” for the people around us, completely irrespective of other factors such as our diets and lifestyles, and the various other external happenings in our lives.
Of course, with enough focus, discipline, willpower, and self-awareness, you can make to contain your temper and put on a smile, even if you are feeling terrible in just about every regard. All the same, it is absolutely the case that you will inevitably be happier, more energetic, more positive and optimistic, and more useful for the people who you care about, if you are consuming wholesome and nutrient-rich foods.
A lot of the time, the “energy” we give off to the people around us is implicit rather than explicit. It’s just generally the case that you will be a more positive presence when you are in a better mood, have higher energy levels, and are enjoying a greater overall sense of well-being across the board.
Poor nutrition leads to all kinds of conditions that can cause mood swings, lethargy, and an apathetic approach to life – including things like severe blood sugar imbalances (and diabetes,) systemic inflammation in the body, and more.
Consider that the quality of your nutrition may have a real and tangible effect on your whole family – not just on your own internal and subjective experience of life.
Because it’s a lot easier to make do with less in other areas of your life, when you have a bellyful of good food.
One of the main reasons why people decide to move towards a more frugal and minimalistic lifestyle, is precisely because they are disenchanted with rampant consumerism, and don’t want to be treated like pawns in some large-scale economic game.
When all is said and done, though, people who fall into extremely consumerist lifestyles are almost always looking to achieve some sense of satisfaction or relief from frustration – and there’s a decent argument to be made that if you’ve got the core “fundamentals” of a good life worked out, the desire to always own the latest gadget will at least decrease significantly.
When you have a bellyful of good food – and when that food actually fulfils your nutritional needs rather than just supplying you with enough calories – it’s a lot easier to deal with “less” in some of the other areas of your life.
Good food, like good relationships with your loved ones, and a sense of purpose in life, are fundamentals that can keep you from feeling the need to binge-shop all the time.
Because cooking is one of the key areas of your life where you can have control.
It can be easy to feel as though you don’t really have much power in life, these days. Most of what goes on around us is the result of large-scale systems that no single individual can really understand or master.
This is true for things like the kinds of TV shows you have available, to your web connection, to the economy at large.
One great thing about cooking, is that it’s one of the key areas of your life where you can really have perfect autonomy. Only you have the final say on what ingredients you choose to bring home, and how you decide to prepare and enjoy them.
You are free to experiment with existing recipes, or create new ones all of your own volition. Either way, there is something about cooking meals from scratch that can really help to fulfil that basic need we all feel, on some level, to be autonomous.
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