Monday, May 17, 2010

Who's got time to cook? EVERYBODY!

I was at a friend's graduation party yesterday and had an interesting conversation with one of the guests at the party who later I found out is professor of world studies at UNB. The conversation went from discussing the differences between traditional and modern cultures and how those can be merged to produce a modernized traditional culture, and lead to people and decision making.

Then the idea I want to discuss here came to me, for years perhaps decades manufacturers of "easy and fast" have been playing the "who has time to cook?" card, to the point that our modern society truly believes they don't have time, energy and sadly know how to prepare a meal from scratch anymore. It's become very easy to live off things that come out of box and you only need to add water, on your way home from work you just order a pizza and pick it up on the way, or even go to a fast food restaurant and pick something up, because you don't have time.

Who has time in the morning to prepare breakfast and lunch anymore, you'd rather stop on the way to work pick up a coffee and a muffin for breakfast, then go have some fast food for lunch. You don't have the time, no body does, right? WRONG!!

We all have time to prepare meals from scratch, for the sake of your children find the time, instead of picking up the pizza on the way home from work and then spending 4 hours watching TV, maybe you can miss one of the shows tonight and spend 30 minutes in the kitchen preparing a good meal, maybe you don't have to stay up until 4am watching movies and go to bed earlier so you can wake up early and prepare your breakfast and lunch at home, this is not only healthier for you and your family but it will also save you money on the long run!!

Have fun in the kitchen, make it a family thing to cook together, cooking is not hard, with the widespread of the internet, recipes from around the world are a few clicks away, it's easy, go to your favorite search engine and search for a recipe you've always wanted to make and try it, make it an adventure.

Family is the nucleus of society, without it we have nothing, without it we are as John said a society of individuals. Having home cooked meals where the whole family sits around the table for a nice meal can strengthen those family ties, talk about your day, show your children how much you care for them and love them, listen to them and hear their concerns, you'd be surprised  how much it means to children when their parents (who in most cases are their idols) are interested in their lives.

We don't always have time to cook and for legit reasons, but if you try you can find the time. If you love your children, your spouse, your siblings, your parents, your friends and most importantly if you love yourself find the time to lead a healthier life so you're around for much longer.