Written by: Christina LoBue, RDN, IFNCP
Then there are individuals who “eat to live” instead of “live to eat” and mainly value the sustenance component of food. For these individuals, they would rather receive other forms of affection as described in Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages than a complex gastronomic meal.
How to speak the best love language through food?
In today’s fast paced world, it’s seemingly much easier to maintain the status quo in our relationships, i.e., doing things the same way we’ve always done them, even if they don’t mean as much to our partner and/or family as it does to us. But if we stay in this position, we’re setting ourselves up for future pain, disconnection, and unhappiness, because we’re not effectively conveying love in the manner that our partner, children, and loved ones need to hear “I love you”.
What is your love language?
If you value expressing love in a manner that actually meets the receiver’s needs then it’s worthwhile to explore the 5 love languages. Here’s the free love language quiz you can take to determine how you, your partner, and children, receive love:
The 5 love languages can change over time, especially in different seasons of life, so it’s worth taking multiple times.
** Note: We are not affiliated with 5lovelanguages.com and do not receive any financial incentives by recommending their quiz.
Christina LoBue is an integrative and functional medicine dietitian in Northern California. She takes a holistic approach to patient care and loves helping others unlock their full potential.
Even if you're in a great shape and satisfied with your weight, you can still improve your well-being by identifying and focusing on at least one small, positive change to incorporate in 2020. Check out this list of solutions to think about while you are finishing this year and preparing for the new year.
Having an affordable in-home cooking service opens up new possibilities in 2020, such as:
No Impulse Buying
Food waste is a major problem globally. In the United States 31% of the food supply goes uneaten(1). Consumers were responsible for wasting 2/3 of it, around 21% of the available food supply. There are many different reasons for that waste. One important factor is consumers buy more than they need. Supermarkets are strategically designed to entice us to spend money. Have you ever notice that some of the most commonly purchased items are in the back of the store? Forcing you to go through fully stocked shelves to get them. Even for people on a strict budget, impulse buys are part of today's shopping experience. We often end up with a lot of food that we don't really need. A lot of that food often ends up in the trash. Not only is that bad for our planet, it also costs consumers a lot of money. A Foodom personal cook will do your grocery shop upon request. Since they do not impulse buy – this helps prevent waste. It could save you more than you spend.
Personal Cooks Will Not Buy More Than Is Needed
Not only will hiring a personal cook avoid the issue of impulse buying, they also make sure they do not buy more than is needed. Many shoppers tend to overestimate how much food is required to feed themselves and their families.
Personal cooks have the expertise needed to shop for quality ingredients, wisely and frugally. They are experts at affordable meal preparation. Since affordable meal preparation starts at just $30 you could save far more than it costs to have the meal prepared for you.
To give you an idea of the savings, an average family spends $239 (2) on their main grocery shop each week. Since consumer food loss or waste is 21% - on average, a family will throw away $50 of food every week.
$15 for shopping, and $30 for meal preparation still only adds up to $45 – potentially less than the amount you could save. Considering, that the cost is the same for up to 10 servings, so you can order more food and enjoy the leftovers from the meal on subsequent days.
Eat Out Less
Food is an essential part of our life as well as our health. We need to eat every day, usually a few times each day. When our schedule stops us from cooking our own meals we often end up eating out, getting fast food or ordering delivery services. This is not only one of the most expensive ways to eat but often the least healthy way to get our nourishment. This food is typically loaded with fats, sugars, excessive salts, unnatural chemicals and preservatives. Having a personal chef cook in your home will bring the control back to your hands. You choose the recipes, the ingredients and can even request your own cook. Wouldn't you like to come home to a great smelling dinner, a clean kitchen and a healthy meal for the family? Not only to save money but also to save the hassle of going out, to save time and provide healthier food options tailored to each one's dietary needs. Its time to get back to eating healthy home cooked meals. Let Foodom get you back to that.
Personal Cooks Save You Time (And Time is Money)
Time seems to be more valuable than ever in today's hectic, fast paced society. Between work, taking kids to school, soccer practice and running errands we are busier than ever. Hiring the services of personal cooks will save you a lot of that precious time. Time not spent on planning, shopping, food prep and cooking will be yours to use in other ways. Spend it with family, friends or just take some time for yourself. When working out whether you can afford a personal cook – be sure to think about how much your time is worth, as well as the other savings you could make. Remember, time is money.
Hiring a personal cook and planning everyday meals in an efficient way on a regular basis, can potentially save money, time (which is more money) and stress (which is money too in future psychological or medical expenses). A personal cook can help avoid impulse buying, simplify weekly meal planning that can reduce grocery expenses and food waste and there will be less need to eat out or take away. These savings will most likely more than cover the cost of a personal cook and will add extra time that can be then invested in children, life partners, oneself, friends or anything else desired. And if that is not enough then healthy and tasty food is very easy to get used to.
(1) Buzby, J.C., Wells, H.F., and Hyman, J. 2014. The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Information Bulletin Number 121 (Feb.).
1. Eating Leftovers Saves Money
Food can be expensive. Making sure that you use all of the food that you buy is the best way to cook on a budget. Eating leftovers is just one of the ways to make sure that you are not throwing your money away. It is one way to make sure that the food you buy is giving you maximum value. It will also cut your grocery bills by reducing the amount that you have to buy and it will reduce your need to eat out, either lunches and or dinners.
2. Eating Leftovers Helps To Cut Food Waste
Food waste is a big problem. Unfortunately, around one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Consumers in Europe and North America each throw away, on average, between 95-115 kg of food in a year. A large proportion of that food waste ends up in landfill. Food scraps and other such items in landfill generate methane. This potent greenhouse gas is one of those responsible for global warming. Eating leftovers helps us to reduce the amount of food we waste.
3. It Also Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
Eating leftovers can reduce your personal contribution to our climate crisis in other ways. About a fifth of the average person's carbon footprint comes from the food we eat. Growing and processing food takes a lot of energy, and uses many other resources too. So making use of leftovers and buying less food can help us go greener. The more carefully you use the food you buy, and the more you can reduce your consumption, the more eco-friendly and sustainable you can be. The less frequently you cook, the more you will save electricity and water when cooking fresh new food.
4. Leftovers Can Make Delicious Meals
When you start using leftovers, you will be amazed by the huge range of delicious meals you can make. Using leftovers won't just help you save money and go greener – it can help you eat better too. Leftover meals are definitely not second rate – you can make tasty meals that are just as good, or even better than meals cooked with newly bought ingredients.
5. Making Use of Leftovers Will Increase Your Well-Being
By eating leftovers you can reduce the stress in your life around what to eat when. If you prepare lunches and/or dinners for the entire week ahead of time, all you need to do is to heat it and eat. It's that simple. You will have more time to do things that you like to do, whatever that may be. Just think about all the things you could do with that extra time!