How To Overcoming Mageirocophobia
The greatest risk one takes when cooking a recipe is producing an inedible meal. With a healthy dose of caution and proper technique, there’s no need to fear your broiler or chef’s knife. The theory that if you can read a recipe, you can cook. So, why is it that so many very intelligent men and women get overwhelmed, throw their hands up in the air and deem themselves incapable in the kitchen? Cooking a dish yourself helps you know exactly what is in it—which gives you a much more accurate gauge of how healthy it is. When you mindfully cook, you learn how to taste to get the spices and flavor just right. This helps you to savor—to be more in tune with the flavor and emotionally invested in enjoying the meal.
If you feel like you don’t have time, you aren’t alone. This is a common justification (and legitimate reason) for avoiding cooking. Trying a new recipe takes added concentration, time and effort to get the hang of it. Think of how easily (almost mindlessly) you can put together a recipe that you’ve made for years. Consider that many simple meals can be put together in 10 minutes or so.
- Unfortunately, there is the perception that cooking is a burden and chore. Until we turn this around in our minds, we will always be tempted to just go out to dinner or order in. Recognize that cooking can help you to be a more mindful eater. It’s an essential tool for managing your weight.
- Find the right recipe. Choose a new recipe that is simple. Light & Delish, a “bookazine” that features 400 calorie or less recipes. These recipes don’t ask for wild ingredients. Most of them can be found right in your cabinet. Not only are the recipes delicious, as the name suggests, but manageable and mindful of the calorie content and healthy ingredients. The recipes show that when food is healthy, you can eat larger portions and you don’t have to be hungry.
- Be open minded. Put your perfectionistic self on hold. If it doesn’t work out, that’s okay. Have a sense of humor and a back-up plan if all else fails.
- Pre-cooking. Read through the entire recipe from start to finish several times before even considering cooking it. Make yourself very familiar with the instructions. Too often, we get through half of the recipe only to find that we’ve done it in the wrong order because we didn’t take the time to read through it completely. Buy all the ingredients several days before you get started. Going to the store can be exhausting and sabotage your will to cook. There is nothing more frustrating than realizing you are missing an item or two. Thankfully, cooking can also save you money. In some cases, it can be less expensive than fast food.
- Cook Together.
- Make your dish for a supportive audience. If your spouse is a picky eater or has difficulty with change, they may not be the best test case for your new recipe.
- Give yourself a 30 day challenge. Try at least one new recipe each week during that time. See if simply swapping a few restaurant meals for home cooked meals helps you to be a more mindful eater.