Do you sit down in this thing other known to many as a coat hanger or backpack holder?
Chairs are underrated now days and it might seem silly and not important but these contraptions during a meal will help your digestion AND help with your love life. How, might you ask? Here’s another food science fun fact that isn’t necessarily what you put in your mouth but what you put onto your table and into your heart.
Cooking, unlike most hobbies allows an energy that is given off to others in the home. When you think about your family members and friends, you don’t usually remember what they were wearing but what they cooked or baked. We all have fond memories of grandmas pot roast or dads chili. The smells of fresh baked cookies lingering in the air or the sounds of dishes clanking, chopping sounds against the cutting board or even the sizzle from the grill or stovetop. These sensory experiences have sadly become less and less in the last decade. We are so busy these days that the idea of going home after a long day to just spend more time on our feet stressing over a stove is just not appealing.
For centuries many cultures and beliefs like Ayurveda have spoken about the benefits of cooking with loved ones but now modern technology and scientists have shown us the WHY. Scientists has proven that cooking actually “gives off positive energy.” (Believe me, I know there have been many nights I didn’t agree with this fact) but as time went on this became quite easy. We all have gotten busier, and we think the time we put into prepping, cooking and most importantly clean up, makes most of us avoid it. But make it simple, meals do NOT need to be fancy.
I believe we’ve allowed many of these cooking shows or even my favorite -(Pinterest) inspire us but also sabotage our efforts. I know I’ve been psyched about making something and in the midst of the chaos, I’d surrender and just say “kids, get in the car, we’re eating out.” We don’t need to be fancy culinary geniuses. And as far as the mess -WHO CARES! Leave the dishes piled in the sink overnight – I do! Your family doesn’t have memories of the mess, but they do have memories of chopping up veggies, stirring up mouth watering goodness and sitting around the table engaging in the days conversations.
Every time they smell similar foods, like the smell of browning onions over the stove, it’ll illuminate their senses. This will just take them back to these special times. I know to this day, I remember the sounds of my mom in the kitchen takes me back. Chopping veggies and the sounds of something sizzling over the stove, just makes me smile.
Americans spend less time in the kitchen cooking than any other country. When I learned this, I was truly saddened. We have more food in this country than any other but yet, it’s others doing the prepping and cooking for us. Children have lost the ability to learn how to meal plan, prep foods, chop foods and even cook. This is a skill that no matter what profession they follow, they will need to know how to make breakfast lunch and dinner.
Most children even us adults haven’t taken in any consideration as to where their meal came from. Many of my littlest clients didn’t even know what animal a burger came from or what ingredients exactly made the bread they ate.
Now I know, I know, I hear you loud and clear saying “but my kids don’t want to help, they’re tired or want to watch tv.” One of mine wasn’t so fond of it either. Every time I would ask, he’d give me some cockamamy reason as to why he couldn’t help. But just like potty training or tying a shoe, persistence is key.
One thing I did and do for many kids is give them a sense of control. Let them have the fun in planning out the weeks menu. If your kids are anything like mine were, they’ll say “nuggets, pizza, burgers and tacos.” This is OK. Anything made at home is healthier, so let them make those foods and agree to add one veggie per meal. You’d be so surprised how proud of their accomplishments they’ll be. And as time goes on, start adjusting the menu. Make it a family affair, make it about taking time for yourself if you don’t have children. Invite a friend over, even if it’s just one meal a week. You’ll feel the joy that comes from it.
Now we’ve touched a bit on the love and positive energy that takes place with cooking. Now let’s discuss how the chair helps us out. Digestion at its best takes place when seated. Our bodies need to be in parasympathetic nervous system mode. I know that’s a mouth full but it’s actually really easy to understand. Now days we are what I call “multitasker eaters.” Us moms especially or others who care for children are always on the run. Between school drop off and pick up, practices/games, errands etc. we seldom have time to sit and eat a meal. We’re grabbing most of meals on the go and just eating it in the car or while we’re folding laundry.
This is probably why up until three years ago, I had just as many crumbs in the driver seat than my kids had in their car seats! The fact of the matter is that when eating this way, we are in stress mode. We may not feel stressed at the moment but we aren’t allowing our body to focus on the digestion. When we’re sedentary and especially in good company, our digestive system is able to digest our food better. When we’re in stress mode, our digestive system takes a pause and the food just sits or doesn’t assimilate and produce the right types of enzymes.
This can cause many unsettling issues in our gut. And as far as the positive energy goes, listening or engaging in conversation over a meal that has been prepared by friends or family, releases endorphins. This is why we all look forward to holidays like Thanksgiving. We know great food will be served but it’s the ones serving it that brings us great joy too.
So let’s dust off the chairs and bang on some pots and pans💜