When was the last time you made a great meal? From-scratch prep, serious gratification result. This morning? Last week? Last month? Although I imagine Primal folks cook much more often than most non-Primal types, we all get caught up in the busyness of life. Eating – even healthy eating – often gets boiled down to convenience and strategy. I get it. Few of us have the luxury of basking in culinary ventures at every meal (myself included), but I do find real cooking to be an underappreciated indulgence – and there’s the rub.
Why, as a larger culture, have we chosen to forgo so many of these
gifts – taking extra time to shop for better food, creating meals
together, lingering at the table? For example, we can look at statistics
that say the average American spends only 27 minutes on food
preparation each day and wonder – are we really that busy? What are we
rushing off to? Then we see average T.V. viewing is 151 hours a month! (How is this even possible?) Clearly, our priorities are royally screwed up.
Of all the things we can do for our health, many (if not most) are just outright enjoyable, pleasurable even.
Connecting with our food can be exactly that – from absorbing the joys
of gardening to relishing the sensory delights of great recipes to
reclaiming the social hour for dinner. As for cooking itself, learning to cook is just one of those essential human skills.
It was an evolutionary linchpin. Our hominid brains as well as our
bodies benefited from the chance to access new food sources that were
only available to our ancestors through cooking. And it wasn’t just
about heat. As we learned to adapt food sources in other ways such as soaking, curing, fermenting and smoking we had more options for calories and nutrition. Yet, it was more than that.