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Does cooking improve your mood?

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Does cooking improve your mood?

Have you ever wondered why you feel a little bit glum after a week of eating out, especially when it’s unhealthy takeaway foods? Well, there could be some science behind that feeling!

Research shows that people who cook at home have better indicators of health, healthier eating patterns, and spend less on takeaway.

A study in 160 adults looked at whether eating healthy foods prepared at home had any affect on their emotions. It was found that those who cooked at home felt more intense feelings of positivity and worried less, compared to those who ate more meals away from home. They were also more likely to choose healthier food for their next meals.

Research also shows that cooking and sharing meals with others can also be associated with greater feelings of happiness. In an experimental study with 47 children aged 6-10, it was found that they felt happier, and as a plus ate 76% more salad when they cooked with a parent, compared to when the parent would cook alone.

Not only does cooking at home make you feel good, it’ll also make your bank account happy! According to a Suncorp’s annual Cost of Food report, in 2019 (a pre-COVID world) Aussies spent a weekly average of:

  • $24 takeaway

  • $32 alcohol

  • $54 dining out

  • $22 barista coffee/ tea

  • $14 food delivery

Collectively, that’s $9 more per week than the average weekly grocery bill of $137!

The bottom line

While it may seem like a hassle to get in the kitchen after a long day, your body and mind will thank you for it! Share a meal with your significant other, invite over family and friends, or cook extra to take for lunch the next day.

If you’ve got kids, make sure to involve them in the process - it’ll give them the necessary skills for when they fly the nest and also create long lasting memories.

If you’re struggling for inspiration on what to cook next, check out our range of healthy, easy recipes.

Your Personal Healthy Eating Quiz

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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