I love food! I love tasting all different flavors – and I love how I feel when I am full. I love dining at restaurants. A nice meal out where you don’t have to make a mess in the kitchen is addicting. Simple, easy, no clean-up. Pay someone else to do it, and go home happy.
However, the more I cook at home, the more I appreciate knowing exactly what is going in to my family’s meals. As a gluten-free, dairy-free, as-organic-as-possible-no-sugar family, I have realized that if I involve the entire family in this daily routine, the more enjoyable it becomes. Today, for example, my 2-year-old daughter and I chopped fruits & vegetables to put in our smoothies – and as we stood their in our aprons, covered in mess, singing as loud as we could (because the blender was going) – I couldn’t help but think how amazing this ‘chore’ is. My whole perspective of cooking has just recently changed – I must stop thinking of cooking as a ‘chore’ and realize that time in the kitchen can be considered the ‘family time’ I have been trying to schedule in to our weekly calendar. And I am also teaching my daughter how to love food in a healthy way. And that it is okay to make a mess, as long as we clean it up.
How cool is that? She won’t learn those life skills at a restaurant.
I love food!
Lina Singleton, AMS
Director/Holistic Health Coach
Soaring Wings International Montessori School
Park City, Utah USA