If You Want to Eat Better, Cook More

According to a recent survey, the typical American spends about 14 minutes preparing breakfast-type foods, 16 minutes making lunchtime salads or sandwiches, and about 22 minutes cooking dinner.

Why are the averages so low? Because most Americans eat pre-made (often frozen) convenience foods.

I think that is especially true of hardworking entrepreneurs and superstar employees. They are driven by their work 24/7. Taking time out to prepare food seems like a waste to them. So they opt for speed — but at a significant cost.

Jon Herring, Editor of Total Health Breakthroughs, says busy people should put aside a little extra time every day to prepare healthy meals. You don’t have to have home cooked meals three times a day, he says, but even one really good meal a day is a great start.

“Cooking at home,” he says, “is not only better for you, it can be fun.”

Here are some tips from Jon:

  • Get some interesting cookbooks with nice pictures.
  • Take a cooking class at a local restaurant or culinary school.
  • Get the whole family involved — and play some music while you chop and slice.
[Ed. Note: Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]