Mental Fitness Challenge – Playing with your food (nutrition)

Why do you eat? Personally, my eating habits are often socially and emotionally based. To view food as strictly nutritional does not come naturally for me. Thus, this is not a typical food blog entry. This blog is about play.

Working with Kari, I have learned that contrary to previous conceptions, healthy cooking can be prepared just as quickly as my current culinary choices, and taste even better. She has taught me another very important lesson, cooking can be fun.

Though American culture stresses the importance of play in regards to children, the adult lifestyle forces many to leave the practice behind. Rediscover play in your own life. Play can be a great way to express creativity, relax and relieve stress. Debbie Mandel, MA, author of “Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life and stress management specialist recommends checking your newspaper for free fun like concerts, films and fairs, visiting a magic store and learning some tricks or sitting in a café to people watch. Start simple. Play doesn’t have to be complicated.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the luxury of setting aside specifically for play.  What if we incorporated play into everyday activities. Food preparation can be a great time to relax. Crank up your favorite song. Wiggle your hips a little as you chop. My theory is that when food is prepared by a happy cook it tastes better.

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