How to Eat The Food You Have at Home – EP 422

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Just a reminder: You have food at home! It’s easy to make excuses not to eat what’s at home, but little do we realize it costs us more. In this episode, Jen and Jill help us have the internal motivation and the external hacks to choose the food we have at home over take-outs or food in restaurants.

It's a time thing—adjusting your body to the flavors of take-out and sit-down restaurants. But like anything, it takes time to learn, hone your skills, and retrain your body.


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The Benefits of Cooking at Home

This article by Lawrence Robinson and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. reveals the benefits of cooking at home and overcoming obstacles to cooking at home.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill emphasizes the charm of cooking at home—where you have the freedom to select your own ingredients. Whether it may be for health, financial, or time-saving reasons, cooking at home offers solutions. Moreover, eating food at home brings benefits such as increased energy, improved sleep, and support for the immune system.

Jen also highlights that having more control over food portions could surprisingly save time and money! When it all comes down to it, it may even be a way of spending time with your family and loved ones!

Overcoming the Obstacles to Cooking at Home

Jen and Jill discuss the common obstacles we face when cooking at home, such as time constraints, the effort involved, cost-effectiveness, lack of cooking skills, or even family members not wanting to eat what you cook and what we can do to overcome them. 

For those who share similar struggles, Jen and Jill suggest having ingredients delivered or picked up, perhaps buying pre-chopped ingredients, having a meal plan, using the Zest app to learn how to make the most out of your ingredients, and more importantly, allowing everyone’s taste buds to adjust!

A time where you miserably failed at cooking and what happened

Often, Jen tries many things that don’t always meet her expectations. But even when her cooking fails, they usually still eat it, though throwing it out is a last resort if it’s very bad. On the other hand, Jill has struggled with cooking for most of her adult life even up until now. Once, she left a batch of veggies in the oven overnight.

Bill of The Week

Thank you Natalie for sharing your bill about physical therapy and it being $500 less than what you expected!

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