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Why Cooking and Therapy Mix So Well

By Sandy Schroeder

If you love to cook, and feel you could benefit from some therapy, I recommend linking the two.  There are two key ways you can do this.  

Hire a Cooking Therapist to Ease Your Worries 

I stumbled on this as I popped open a Healthyish bonappetit.com article. If you love good food as much as I do, this may intrigue you.  The writer hired a cooking therapist to deal with anxiety.  

As they drained some defrosted prepackaged zoodles, the therapist said if something is weighing you down you might drain it out. Then she asked the writer what she would like to drain away. 

Next, they peeled a cucumber and the therapist talked about bitter exteriors and sweet interiors that come with seeds. There was also a discussion about the hard pits of olives and the hard pits often found inside of all of us. 

Well, you get the idea. This may be one more way to get the most out of therapy.  For me, it reminded me of how much I already use cooking as therapy. 

You Can Use Cooking to Release Tension 

This is my favorite. I especially like preparing the evening meal and puttering around the kitchen, chopping the vegetables, stirring the sauces and tasting the flavors. I look forward to this time of the day. It helps me unwind and step away from the day's demands, and it sets the stage for a home cooked dinner with friends and family. This cooking time also lifts my spirit as I remember things I want to tell my dinner companions. Instead of parking myself in front of the computer or television screen, I can reconnect over our favorite meals. 

It's a little like a meditation in motion where you may walk or run. This time you cook as you let your thoughts flow unchecked. If you are a foodie who's feeling the need for therapy, consider cooking as another way to release tension, sadness or frustration and worries. 

  • Think of the food as your gift to those you care about with healthy choices
  • Think about the positive things you want to do next and let them simmer
  • Let go of all of the frustrations of the day and just enjoy the cooking process
  • Regain your perspective as the meal comes together

Wherever you find yourself with cooking, food, and life's challenges, this may be one way to move ahead and make it better.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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