In the last blog post I compared humans to dumb-dumb gorillas. This may have offended you, and if you stopped reading from there you should go back and read it now because you missed the part where I told you just how special you are!
Stripped right back to our most natural state (think cave-man era), if we strictly ate raw food, like a gorilla does, a human would need to spend 9.5 hours per day looking for and eating raw food just to sustain regular body and brain function. If you think you’re busy now, imagine doing everything you do in a day PLUS having to spend another 9.5 hours dedicated to food, there aren’t enough hours in a day.
Somewhere way back in time our ancestors must have found a way to modify what we eat in a way that gives you more energy for less time and effort. What does this beautifully, is cooking. Cooking changes the structure of raw foods, allowing them to become more easily edible, safer, and tastier! Because of cooking, what was once a very energy expensive organ to run, could now become a major asset! Instead of wondering around forests and chewing on raw flora & fauna for a half a day, we could sit back and think about how else we can make life easier. What a revelation!
This completely changed the way I looked at the kitchen and I find it’s very humbling to think about who we are as humans.
But, in modern life we’re spending more time working and finding less time to cook…well, this is what we tell ourselves, right? We do spend more time working, but we’re also spending more time on other things that back in the day we would have spent cooking meals. The best example of this, ironically, is this phenomenon of watching cooking shows.
Isn’t it funny? The less time we spend cooking for ourselves the more time we spend watching other people cook food that we’re never going to eat. Trust me, I’m not dissing cooking shows, I love cooking shows. There’s no wonder why we love cooking shows so much – cooking is a part of who we are! It runs deep into our consciousness. We all have nostalgic memories of mum pulling a roast chicken out of the oven for a quick mid week dinner, or grandma uninvitingly surprising the family with a lemon tart, or dad working the weber on a balmy summers Sunday afternoon.
Along the way, though, we’ve lost touch with that need to cook. We want to cook, but we don’t need to because there are so many other cheap, quick and easy alternatives out there. But these alternatives are not always healthy, mass food production has certainly helped more people get fed but this doesn’t mean your eating the right things.
I’m trying my hardest not to put in a shameless plug for our lunchboxes and the myriad of other great health food services, which you can find out more about here. Especially after I’ve just made the longest case ever for why you should cook more. So I’ll leave you with this piece of advice – make more time to plan your weekly meals. Cook when you have time to cook. If you don’t have time, choose whole and nutritionally balanced alternatives.