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Top 3 Reasons to eat at HOME

Updated on November 21, 2015
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Peachpurple is a homemaker, always thinking of ways to keep her family healthy and strong with proper way of eating and living

DAY 12, HUB # 12

Save money

Eating at home can help you to save a lot of money
Eating at home can help you to save a lot of money | Source

Benefits of Eating At Home:

There is no better way to ensure that your family eats right than home cooking, with home cooked meals. Everybody knows that by eating at home, you can save :

  • money,
  • save time and
  • energy.
  1. Save Money
  • You can whip a nutritious meal for the whole family at a fraction of what it would cost outside .
  • In Malaysia, dining outside cost more regardless of fast food, western or Asian food.
  • A family of four dining at fast food restaurant would cost you approximately $20-$40 per meal, whereas western and Asian restaurant or shop outlet would cost you approximately $40-$60 per meal , depending on the location you are dining in.
  • Besides that, when you purchase fresh food in the local wet market, you get to save money bargaining with the market vendors for low prices.
  • Some patrons even resort to taking a few red chili or other cheap items food after the purchase is done. It is a win-win situation for both patrons and market vendors.
  • That is why "Buy 1 Free 1 " concept works every time in shopping mall and hypermarket.




Recommended Seasoning

Among the brands that I have bought and tasted, I prefer to use MAGGI chicken stock cube which has a much stronger chicken taste which resembles pounded chicken and the aroma that fills my kitchen. The stock gives a consistent flavor and quality with no added MSG. It makes any vegetable soup healthier and a great tasting option those harmonies perfectly with everyday home cooked dishes for the family.

Seasoning

Use seasoning moderately, not too much, not too little.
Use seasoning moderately, not too much, not too little. | Source

Benefits of Eating At Home:

Cooking at home allows you to choose healthier ingredients, use less salt and oil when compare to eating outside. You will also be able to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are used and dishes are prepared just the way you like it.


2. Control Seasoning at Home

  • When you plan to do some home cooked meal, naturally you would choose fresh vegetables, bright red meat, and fresh fishes with bright shiny eyes from wet market. Fresh food provides lots of nutritious value to our human body to absorb. Nobody would purchase rotting food for the sake to save money nor purchase food which has expired either.
  • At home, you could control the quantity of your food by controlling the seasoning, which type of sauces you want to experiment with your home cooked food and save your time with the convenience of meal solutions which are easily purchase at supermarket, grocery shops and wet market.
  • Most housewives do not use MSG (Monosodium Glutamate ) in dishes because it contains substance which causes headache, sweating, frequent urination, blood pressure fluctuations and also could lead to dehydration. ( Consumers usually feel thirsty after too much MSG is added to dishes )
  • You can cook like a professional chef with pre-packed curries, stir fries, stews, chicken or ikan bilis stock that helps you to reduce the hassle of mixing, pounding or grinding the spices which takes time.
  • If you prefer to have a slightly bland taste in your dishes, just add a little sea salt or Organic salt, pepper and soy sauce that are commonly used in low cholesterol recipes.


Eating together brings family closer
Eating together brings family closer | Source

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3. Brings Family Together

Home cooked food helps to bring family together. It is a good habit to have meal together on the dining table rather than having meal separately at different time and places.

Benefits of Having Meal Together and Dining at Home

  • Having meal together brings family together and closer, best time to know the children progress in studies, friendship, what problem they are facing in school or workplace and find out which dishes each member of the family likes to eat so that mom won’t be cooking the same dish whereby everyone could not finish or dread to see on the dining table.
  • Dining at home has more advantages compare to dining outside. At home, we get to eat at a slow pace, enjoy conversation together without constantly looking at the watch while the waitress in the restaurant stares at you, signal you that it is time for you to pay and leave so that she could finish her duties.
  • If you are still hungry, need a second helping, you will not feel embarrass to add more food at no extra cost. Your mom would be the happiest person in the household to see someone help her to finish her home cooked food. I am sure she doesn’t like to keep left-over food in the fridge either.
  • Take your time to chew the excellent taste of the home cooked meal. Gorging food is not a healthy eating habit. This action will cause indigestion and flatulence in the body digestive system.


Laptop Influence

Engrossed in using laptop causes indigestion and unhealthy eating habits
Engrossed in using laptop causes indigestion and unhealthy eating habits | Source

Kids Unhealthy Eating Habits

Problem No.1

  • Children and teens frequently have the same problems with bad eating habit by sitting in front of the television or computer while holding a plate of meal in his hand; get so engrossed in what he is watching that slow down his eating speed.
  • You will notice that instead of eating a simple meal in 15-30min, he will drag it for an hour or so.


Problem No.2

  • Furthermore, crouching on the seat, standing or folding both legs while eating will induce indigestion as food could not flow down the big and small intestines smoothly.
  • Sometimes, when they are eager to watch their favorite TV program, use their computer or stop listening to parents constant nagging, they will gobble up the food without taking time to slowly chew it.
  • Hence, appendix or stomachache happens , which results to having diarrhea. In addition, home cooked meal turns cold, lumpy and tasteless, which ruin his appetite.


Fresh meat

Does the restaurant serves you fresh meat?
Does the restaurant serves you fresh meat? | Source

Disadvantages of Eating Outside


  • On the other hand, when you dine outside, you might not consume fresh ingredients as restaurant owners intend to save cost by purchasing vegetables, raw meat and fishes in bulk, in order to earn more money.
  • This results to ignoring the ingredients nutrients which are lost when the food lost its freshness when they are kept for a certain period of time as the food could not be consume or cook immediately. This is the disadvantage of purchasing in bulk.
  • Furthermore, restaurant chef usually neglects cleanliness, tidy and hygiene of the kitchen environment. We cannot deny that humans are selfish and self centre especially those who are working under mean employers.
  • Put yourself in the chef shoes. He has to cook for the patrons to eat in a fast speed due to employer pressure who press him for time. Why would he care about the kitchen environment and how he handles with the ingredients ( whether the kitchen helpers wash the vegetable thoroughly, clean the meat and fish carefully ) when he is not cooking for his own family. It doesn't matter to him as long the patrons are pleased with the tasty food is serve at the shortest time.
  • In addition, restaurant chef would use additional MSG and salt to enhance the taste of each dish to suit the patron’s taste buds. Therefore, this action may result to unhealthy eating habit which will increase the chances of contracting various diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases and many more.

You wouldn't want your child to become like THIS!

© 2012 peachy

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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I used to think eating was a huge treat especially when I had young kids. I much prefer eating home as I also like to know exactly what goes into the food!!!...Occasionally eating out is fine, but I really just enjoy having a glass of wine and dinner at home. When I read this I just kept nodding. Voted UP.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @carol7777

      Glad that you agreed to my opinions about eating at home. Yes, eating outside maybe once a week is ok, a rest day for us , the chef!

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      JSParker 4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      It takes work with just the two of us to use groceries wisely, while they're fresh and before their expiration dates, and I generally enjoy doing it. Constant meal preparation is a challenge but a satisfying one. I'm a much better cook now that I'm retired and have time to work on it. (And less money to spend eating out, I might add.) Once in a while it's great to enjoy the experience of eating out, though. Breakfast and lunch at a restaurant can be an economical strategy, saving dinners out for special occasions.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes, I do agree with you. Dinner for special occasion is a good idea because it cost quite a lot for me. Breakfast and lunch would be prepared at home everyday.

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      As more restaurants post their nutrition information, it becomes more clear how many restaurant dishes are laden with high calories and fat. Eating at home is the best way to control nutrition, and thankfully it is also less expensive than eating out. Eating out once in a while is fun, but daily meals are best shared at home. Voted up!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @tipstoretireearly

      Definitely home cooked food are high in nutrition and cost less compare to eating out. How often do you eat outside? We eat outside on weekends, especially sundays.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It's nice to eat out every once in a while, mainly when none of us feel like cooking. But eating at home definitely is more nutritious and better for your purse as well!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Yep, eating at home save our purse from breaking apart!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      There is no substitute of eating at home. You don't know what they serve outside.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      SANJAY LAKHANPAL

      true outside food is full of msg and salt

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We eat most of our meals at home with just occasional times when we dine outside the home. You have given some good reasons why eating at home is most often better than the alternative.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      True, we can control the seasoning at home

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      Nichol marie 2 years ago from The Country-Side

      Yes i agree you can taste test food as you go so that it is the flavor you like, and enough seasonings,

      Good article.voted Useful.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks chuck, we can control the seasoning at home very well

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      victor 21 months ago from India

      Yes, I agree with your opinion. Eating at home with family without watching TV really add pleasure in eating.

      Good thoughts.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks jnewjerusalem, I agree that eating at home is better

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 11 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is an excellent hub pointing out the benefits of eating at home. When I was growing up, mom always cooked dinner at night and the meals were much better than restaurant food. By cooking at home, you can control the cleanliness and freshness of food as well as the seasonings. My wife always make sure I don't have that much salt because I have hypertension and only one kidney. Thanks for sharing this hub which I am sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

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      peachy 11 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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      thank you sir!

      Yes, it is better to stay at home and eat home cooked food.

      Less salt and MSG, I always feel thirsty after eating out.

      My hair started to fall too.

      yes you must take care since you have hypertension

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 months ago from Canada

      @peachpurple, I completely agree with your ideas in this hub. I absolutely love eating at home because it saves money, we have healthy food and quite frankly, it tastes way better than what we buy in the restaurant. Since my husband and I started eating mostly low-carb, it is difficult to find low-carb food while out.

      Great hub! You presented the concepts in an easy-to-understand format. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      peachy 3 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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      thanks very much, it is true that most eatery serve high calories food, hardly see any vegetarian restaurants around my place either

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