I don’t love cooking.
Yet I’ve managed to feed my family for 23 years. And no one has complained.
There’s a collection of recipes I’ve perfected that are good, and I’ve developed some strategies to feed myself and my family with food that is tasty, healthy and quick.
But, now that my kids are away at college, sometimes I’m tempted to throw in the old kitchen towel.
If I won the lottery, a spa-trained chef would be in my kitchen in a hot second.
Since I haven’t won that lottery, I had a choice to make.
Should I give up my kitchen throne and settle into take out food, not so healthy junk food, or whatever random thing I can dig out of the pantry?
Or do I find a way to make peace with cooking?
I chose the latter.
I decided it was in my best interest to make peace with cooking and to find a way to make it fit into my life.
I care about my health, I care about my weight, and I feel good when I eat ‘good for you’ food most of the time.
And that’s what I wish for you.
The desire to do your best for you.
And in most cases of women I work with, the best for you usually involves some degree of food prep.
So how do you make peace with cooking?
You stop viewing it as a ‘have-to’.
You stop resenting what you need to do to take care of yourself.
And you start looking at cooking as a way of loving yourself.
Think of how you might take care of your pet, your child, or a dear friend. You’d make sure they were getting what they needed, including meals.
Yet, you have your life to take care of.
You have no desire to become a mini-Martha Stewart.
I get it.
Neither do I.
Do you enjoy cooking?
If you do, then just keep on planning and cooking for yourself.
But if you don’t enjoy cooking, find a way to make it easier, make it fun, make it less painful, and do whatever it takes to make it happen.
First, the way you think about cooking will either make it something you don’t mind doing, or something you dread.
Look at it as a gift.
To you from you.
Then find ways to better it, (make it easier or more fun,) barter it, (hire it out,) batch it, (cook a few things at a time to freeze,) or get help.
You can be creative and find a way that works for you.
And yes, rotisserie chickens are allowed.
But the biggest thing you need to do is have a little chat with yourself.
Get on your own side.
And find a way to WANT to take care of yourself.