I’ve come to see cooking not as a chore but as a truly artistic and creative act. It is so empowering to feed myself. It is important to be in charge of your own health. Your body is the most important tool you have. Take care of it and it will take you far.
We all used to prepare our own foods. Large grocery stores are a new phenomenon. Sure, there were greengrocers. They had fruits and vegetables. Then there might also be a local baker. But now most of our food is prepared for us.
We all used to know where our food came from, and what was in it. We used to all know because we made it ourselves. In some cases we knew because we grew it ourselves too. In getting away from making our own food, we’ve gotten away from ourselves. We’ve given away a part of our nature. We are what we eat after all. If we don’t know what we eat, then what are we?
It takes some time, sure. It can be done. Take it step by step. You can start by picking one prepared food that you like to eat and learning how to make it. You can get a book from the library, or watch a video on YouTube, or you can ask a friend. You could start with something simple like hummus or guacamole. Before you know it, you might even be making bread. The more you make for yourself, the healthier and happier you will be.