Start Paying Attention to Your Mood in the Kitchen

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If you are angry or upset, it is better to avoid cooking or preparing a meal, if possible. It’s a well-known fact that many of us use food to influence our feelings. That means that if you’re angry while you’re cooking, you’re likely to snack while you prepare the meal, make more than you or your family needs, go for foods that contain more sugar and/or starch than is good for you, and possibly even spark an eating binge. A study conducted at Ohio State University revealed that anger increases the levels of homocysteine in the blood, an amino acid that has been linked to cardiovascular disease and hardening of the arteries. The good news is that adding folate to your diet can help alleviate homocysteine’s harmful effects.

Creating health and longevity is as much a mental and spiritual discipline as it is physical—perhaps even more so. When we bring a positive and thankful attitude to even the simplest or most tedious of tasks, we quickly find that it becomes much more enjoyable. Remember that in many ways the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, the perfect place for all of your positive energy. And as important as pure water, healthy food choices, and safe cookware are, perhaps the most critical ingredient we can bring into the anti-aging kitchen is a spirit of love and joy.

When was the last time you cooked while you were in a bad mood?

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