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Written by J. Sundberg

Cooking at home doesn’t require much effort—just a little time and a few good ingredients. More importantly, it’s one of the easiest ways to start improving your health right now. Learn how cooking for yourself could improve your life today.

Be Independent

There’s no need to be reliant on the wife, girlfriend or the nice people of McDonalds. Think of it like this: Many of us pride ourselves on our handiness with fixing cars or maintaining the house. Yet we don’t even mess with those things every day. But you do eat food every day. Don’t rely on someone else for a decent, nutritious meal—learn to make it yourself!

Be healthy and strong

Sure, restaurant food tastes good. But you might be a little horrified to know how much butter and salt really goes into it. When you cook for yourself, it’s a lot easier to keep track of what’s going into your body.

Here’s the best part: you’ll probably lose weight without even trying. When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all—even if they are not trying to lose weight.

Along with getting enough sleep, eating well is one of the best things you can do to for fat loss or muscle gaining goals.

Spend time with family

Cooking brings the family together. Sounds like a Hallmark card, right?

But it’s true. When you eat with friends or family, it can be a great stress reliever. Even while you’re cooking, it’s a great time to unwind about your day or hear about someone else’s.

It’s also a great opportunity to make sure your spouse or kids are eating well too. Kids who eat regular, nutritious, home cooked meals are significantly less likely to become obese.

Impress the opposite sex

Women are awe-struck they realize the guy they’re dating can throw together a great meal. It shows off your confidence, maturity and good taste. The internet is full of great recipes—Find one that looks good and follow the instructions. You won’t regret the effort!

Save money

Over time, eating out can take a huge toll on your budget. The average American household spends $3,000 per year eating out. And, did you know that restaurants charge about a 300% markup on the food they serve? Cooking at home is significantly cheaper with groceries at just a couple hundred dollars per month.

Have your health evaluated today

Junk food can take a toll on your body, but it’s never too late to make changes. Looking to have your health evaluated? Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has convenient locations across Colorado.