ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Benefits of Home Cooking for Optimum Health

Updated on March 9, 2014

The Benefits of Home Cooking for Optimum Health

By: Christopher Lane DC

 Cooking at home is simple and cost-effective, and is the best way to receive all of the nutrients that you need no matter what diet plan you follow. However, shopping for your food can be a daunting task, with all of the misleading ad campaigns and promotion of the over-used terms ‘Organic’, ‘Healthy’, and ‘All-Natural’. I will attempt to explore some of the fundamentals of food selection, cooking at home, and eating a well rounded diet in the following paragraphs.

A key to proper food selection is to eat at least 80% whole foods as the staple of your diet, and select a variety of colors from the fruit and vegetable kingdom that are fresh, local, and verifiably organic. As far as a source of protein, which most would agree is a necessity in our diets, you may want to select organic range-free eggs, meats, and dairy products; and for vegetarians you can buy your beans and nuts from organic sources and cook, sprout, juice them in a variety of ways that are wholesome and nutritious. Furthermore, supplementation may be necessary for optimum health; this is a subject that will be investigated in an upcoming article.

Vegetables are a great source of nutrition and can be easily steamed on the stove. One sauce that tastes good on many veggies, especially on greens, is a mixture of mustard and mayonnaise. Roots such as burdock, garlic, onion, and carrots can be baked in the oven for 20-30 minutes, adding olive oil and sea salt as a flavoring. Salads and raw veggies are also an option, depending upon your physical constitution and climate that you live in. These tend to be harder to digest so chew them well. A good staple to have in the refrigerator, that you can eat raw anytime, are carrots and celery. Sprouts are also a source of protein and the most nutrient dense in the vegetable kingdom. It may be best to choose a different vegetable each time you shop, and not stock up on too many because they may go bad if not stored properly in a plastic / paper bag.

If cooking at home is not for you, remember to chew your food and try to be in calm and relaxed environment for your meals. This doesn’t mean the location as much as the attitude; if you’re stressed out or having an emotional episode, your body is in the sympathetic mode of the nervous system which diverts energy from the digestive organs. Wherever you are and whatever you’re eating, you can take a deep breath and be thankful for the food in front of you. This will put your body in the peaceful parasympathetic mode and allow it to break down the food properly, and be an added benefit for overall good health.

If you follow these guidelines, and eliminate or cut down on packaged and processed food, as well as trans/rancid fats and cooking oils, you will most likely lose weight and have more energy. Always cook oils on a low temperature and use the one’s that can withstand the highest heat such as butter, olive oil, and ghee. Also eliminate ‘Table’ salt as it makes the body retain water, and try to find a source of ‘Sea’ salt like ‘Celtic’ or ‘Himalayan’, that have all of the minerals that your body needs for virtually every biochemical process.

Eliminating processed and most sugars from diet will reduce the burden on your immune system, and also the acidity of your blood which disease thrives in. One soda can have 10 teaspoons of sugar, and aggravate the stomach lining and dilute your stomach acid causing a myriad of G.I.- health related issues. You may want to completely avoid them if you are trying to lose weight and want to stop the risk of becoming diabetic. Alternatives are Stevia, raw (not heated) honey, and unprocessed cane sugar.

If you have food on the table, you are one of the fortunate ones on this planet. As you begin to choose food sources that contribute to your health, as well as the planet that we all share, your tastes and food preferences may change, as well as your outlook on life and your desire to cook your own food. Optimum health pertains to how you feel in body and mind, and a change in diet may affect all aspects of your life in a positive and profound way.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • HomeInsights profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent article! Very detailed and insightful. Most of my meals I cook at home and a lot of the produce I buy are fresh rather than the processed junk that seems to be circulating these days. One thing I would add is to always always always check the nutritional values of products to ensure you get the most benefit from buying them.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)