Some folks need to be convinced that cooking for ourselves is worth it.  In my blog I am interested in exploring all aspects of nourishment.  Cooking is a very nourishing act we can do for ourselves or for others.  I hope to explore this topic from different angles over time,  so check back for future installments of Reasons to Cook!

We all have heard the expression “You are what you eat.”  This is true in the sense that you can’t build strong bones, blood vessels and tissues without the nutritional building blocks from healthy food.   But I would ask you to consider for a moment that in truth we are what we absorb!  Many of us have healthy diets but poor digestion.  How can we get the most out of our food?

making tamales together

Did you know that digestion actually begins in the brain?  It is called the “cephalic phase” of digestion.  It refers to our brains anticipating that a good meal is coming and preparing our bodies for digestion.  This is one very good reason to cook meals at home.  The process of preparing the food and the smell of the food cooking, all prime the body for optimal digestion!  So get back to basics!  Cooking for ourselves is an empowering act of creating health.