We live in a world of modern technologies that try to make our lives easier. We can order liquid meal replacements online, or log on to services that connect us with a restaurant and delivery person to bring food to our doorstep. On the surface these seem like noble causes, solutions to our time limitation problems and a way to make our lives easier and less complicated.
The intention of these technologies is to make things easier, but is that really the case? Are our lives really getting easier if we become dependent on someone or something for our most basic food requirements? There is value in occasional convenience, you don’t want to make every meal, you don’t have the time. But how often is too often? How much does it take before it becomes a problem?
The alternative is taking the responsibility upon yourself and making your own meals. This means you need to know how to make food, but that is something you can learn. It also means you need to go to the grocery store and buy ingredients, which might be scary. You are going to need time to make your meals at first, it will be slow, but with practice, it gets easier. All in all, time is the biggest challenge, you need to be willing to use that limited resource.
But think about the benefits, when you make your own meals you are saving money, rather than paying a chief, tip, delivery fee and markup, you only pay for the ingredients. Next, rather than being in a black box relationship with food, not knowing what you are eating, you know exactly what you are consuming. Further, you may have already formed a negative relationship with food, in that you are accustomed to poor quality junk food.
On the other hand, as you learn to cook you gain an important skill, you gain independence and you get the satisfaction of an accomplishment – learning to cook and being self-sufficient. In addition, you will always know what you are eating because you made it yourself. The quality at first, at least in the sense of taste might not match, but in time will improve and may become better than what you buy. Likewise, by seeing what you are eating, you become inspired to make better choices about your diet going forward. Finally, think about the money, how much would you save in a year, if every meal costs a fraction of what it used to?
This is the alternative, you can save money, know what you are eating, learn a skill, find some purpose and be more connected to what you eat. But in order to do this, you need to be willing to do the more difficult thing, you need to be willing to accept the responsibility of your consumption. Is it really any worse, it certainly doesn’t seem that way, if anything it is magnitudes better. Your health, wallet, habits and sense of self-worth will all benefit from this choice.
Don’t take this the wrong way, there are certainly times to go out for dinner, spend time with friends and build relationships. But for all the other times, which is most of the time, making your own meals will be the better more healthy option. Next time you get tempted to order delivery or drink a meal, consider the alternative, consider the possibility of making your own food. Sure it will a little inconvenient, but in the long term, it will be worth it in so many ways.
Go forward and make your life more difficult, it is worth it.