Let’s just get the the point. You don’t need me to tell you that you’re supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables. You don’t need me to tell you to lay off the junk food. You know those things, just like I did. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled to actually buy all that healthy food, prepare it, eat it, and some how try to resist the temptation to scarf down a few Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

I used to dread cooking. Mostly because I always seemed to be missing at least one ingredient when it was time to cook. It seemed like a waste of time to me and I was rarely satisfied with the results. Cooking just one meal seemed like so much work and preparation, trying to do it all the time seemed impossible.

But then it hit me one day. I noticed that some people actually enjoyed cooking and I decided that I would learn to enjoy cooking. That’s been the key for me and it will be the key for you too: learn to enjoy cooking healthy meals.

Cooking class at Cafe de Paris in Columbia, Maryland.
Cooking class at Cafe de Paris in Columbia, Maryland.

Once you find joy in cooking and eating healthy it becomes automatic and you can start to get creative and make your own recipes, share them with your friends or an online community and get feedback.

This idea of learning to make it fun has reduced my need to rely on sheer willpower. With mood swings comes varying levels of motivation. I know that sometimes I just won’t feel like cooking, what then?

We’ve got to find a way to make it more convenient to eat healthy than it is to eat unhealthy. That way,┬áif you have an “off day” you’re eating habits aren’t disrupted, they’re systematic and don’t depend on what kind of mood you’re in.