Cooking as a Labor of Love

Updated: Jan 7

My cooking is not bad. I actually think I am pretty good at it. Well, that's what most of my friends tell me anyway. I am, however, not sure that my husband completely agrees with them. But I think that has to do with the cooking experiments that do go wrong every now and then.


Unfortunately, cooking has never been a labor of love for me. I am still learning to look at cooking differently. My health coaching helps me, but it still doesn't come naturally to me.


I recently revisited an On Being Interview that was broadcasted about a decade ago, but that I still find very inspiring. In this interview Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate, spoke about how we do find the time to watch TV and browse on the Internet, but we do not make the time to connect with food by preparing and eating healthy, nourishing foods.


When I nourish myself, I shine! And usually I don't need more than half an hour three times per day to take care of my inner self.

We watch plenty of cooking shows, but we don't cook enough. We spend hundreds of euros on our looks, but we don't care that much on the state of our insides. We don't make the connection between our inner selves — I am talking about our organs and intestines, not our state of mind, here — and our outer selves, between what we eat and how that reflects on the outside. On top of that, we often find good produce too expensive, even though we usually do not hold back when we buy, for example, a new pair of shoes.


I may sound a bit harsh here. This is not my intention. To be honest, if it weren't for Jamie Oliver, I would most likely have never gotten into cooking. This man made it fun! (Thank you cooking shows! Thank you Jamie Oliver!) And when it comes to my looks, I do love wearing fine clothes! But I have learned that not only my feet, but also my inner body craves quality.

When I nourish myself, I shine! And usually I don't need more than half an hour three times per day to take care of my inner self.


Even though I sometimes still struggle with my home cooking habits, I know it's all about loving my inner self as much as my outer self! So, could this be my labor of love after all?

Best in health, Sandra.

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