If you’re looking to learn some new skills or considering getting healthier, I’d like to show you all the benefits of taking a cooking class to help you accomplish both tasks this year. Cooking is one of the most therapeutic activities in the world, in my opinion. Most people view it as a chore, but cooking can be such a healthy way to nourish your body, mind and spirit. Many moms have to come home and rush to prepare dinner, making it seem like a chore, or perhaps just didn’t have the opportunity to learn cooking skills growing up, making it seem more difficult than enjoyable. If you’re younger and don’t know how to cook, the benefits of taking a cooking class are also innumerable. Become inspired through these benefits of taking a cooking class, and do yourself a favor and sign up for one this year! You won’t be sorry!
1. Better Meals
Let’s start with one of the top benefits of taking a cooking class - your meals! When you can prepare better meals at home, you will naturally be more satisfied with your meals, and enjoy eating them more. Sure, the first few attempts might be a little topsy turvy, but you’ll get the hang of things before long. Plus, your family will think you’re amazing and never want to eat out again!
2. Enhanced Skills
Another reason to take a cooking class this year is because it enhances your skills. Cooking just doesn’t help you in one area of life, it also helps you in other ways. When you learn to cook, you have to learn to measure, count, multi-task and use your intuition. These are all amazing skills that become so useful, in ways you’d never imagine. I notice I’m more in tune with myself after cooking than if I don’t cook. I also seem to have more energy and can multitask other areas of my life much better as a result.
3. Sense of Accomplishment
The absolute best thing about cooking is the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. It’s not about hurrying to get through just to say you’re done preparing a meal or dish, but it’s about tasting, smelling and enjoying you labor once it’s all done. This provides so much nourishment to your body in ways you wouldn’t believe. It also gives you a sense of pride and confidence too. Do your self esteem a favor and learn to cook!
4. Connecting with Others
Not only will you connect with others in the classroom during your cooking class, but also connect with other people more when you’re done. When you learn to cook, people will naturally want to come to your home and eat, and you’ll actually want to prepare food for people. Once you actually learn to cook well, and learn how to enjoy it, you’ll become addicted, I promise! People won’t only flock to you, but you’ll be dying to share your talents with them too.
5. Show Your Love
Cooking is one of the best ways to show your love for someone. Of course, it’s not necessary, but it’s one of those gifts that everyone appreciates receiving from someone. When someone takes time to prepare a meal, and enjoys doing it, it’s a labor of love, and a great, simple way to show others you care. Taking a cooking class can help you accomplish that, and feel more inspired to do so!
6. Job Security
Let’s be honest, the economy may be improving, but it never hurts to have a plan B if your current day job takes a hit. Taking a cooking class can help you secure a possible job backup should you ever need it! Plus, even if you don’t, it’s nice to know you could go to work and cook if you had to! Sure it might not be ideal, but for some people, it’s their dream job. It never hurts to have a little extra job security; if nothing else, for your peace of mind.
7. Connecting with Your Body
One of the benefits of taking a cooking class you might not have thought of, is it truly helps connect you with your body more. Cooking is almost like yoga in the sense that by doing something directly that will benefit your body, you become more in tune with it, which of course is eating in this case, not downward dog! To teach yourself to cook, you become more in tune with your cravings, senses, what your body desires and what it needs. A cooking class can do all of that, you ask? Yep, you bet!
I used to want to go to culinary school, and though I could never afford it, I always thought about how many benefits of taking a cooking class anyone could take advantage of. If you can’t afford a fancy school either, just take a class at a local college. Many of them are very low cost, and some are even free. Have you ever taken a cooking class before?