Living alone abroad

Living alone abroad: “Eating from restaurants or learning basics of cooking?”

We must recognize that one of the main issues of going to live abroad is to adapt our eating routines.

I mean, humans need to eat; but now we find that we are taking our meals alone, cooking only for ourselves (or in many cases actually cooking for the very first time in our lives as that wasn’t necessary before due to having a wife, a mother, a housekeeper …)

So in many occasions the decision is to start constantly eating from restaurants and putting our health in danger with that choice. Fast-food, hot spices, ways of cooking that are totally stranger to our digestive system, pre-cooked and packaged food, processed or reheated food; are some of the many factors hazard to our health behind this solution.

I have a friend that went thru a very unpleasant experience as he spent more than 2 years eating from restaurants of spicy food (and his homeland is like 2 continents away from a country where people typically eat like this). His guts were not able to stand it anymore, and he ended up with a generalized inflammation in the entire  digestive tract: gastritis, enteritis, even hemorrhoids (a bad painful experience indeed).

You might say: there is diet and healthy food services. Not entirely disagree with this practice but well; number one, for this kind of centers to be really effective they need to count with the advise of a specialist; and second, the food you get there must be based on a personalized diet. That’s almost never the reality, you mainly go there and choose from a general menu based on if u do exercises or not or  if you have any disease. Valid things, but not the only steps to provide a person with what it could be called a real diet menu. Third thing: when you go to work abroad is because you have plans; as profitable as your job or business could be, to afford eating from specialized centers might be considered as an unnecessary expense.

As one researcher in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research said:

“Back at the turn of the century, we began the long process of turning over to the food industry many of the decisions about what we eat, in the name of habit or convenience or taste. Today our staggering rates of obesity and diabetes are testimony to the faith we put in corporations to feed us well. But the food industry is a business, not a parent; it doesn’t care what we eat as long as we’re willing to pay for it. Home cooking these days has far more of a sentimental value, it’s a survival skill.”

The most economical and healthy decision is giving a try on cooking. Advantages for our health of home-made meals over restaurant eating are many because food prepared at home is healthier; it enables you to know exactly what is going into your food. We eat fewer calories when we cook at home. And when restaurant dishes and home cooked meals are compared on a per-calorie basis, home cooked meals are healthier.

And if you are one of those who doesn’t like to do it daily, there is the option of taking one day  to cook your menu for the week or at least the basic parts of it and refrigerate.

This goes for some girls also, not only for guys. I know some of my sisters that are very capable of burning even the boiling water!!

Learning to cook could become an excellent hobby also. It’s very relaxing, entertaining, and the satisfaction of completing a new dish and giving it to friends to try is priceless( you can laugh about it if it goes wrong too) . It could be counted as an achievement as same as doing your bed daily or learning to manage a washing machine. (Well those were achievements!!… for some of us at least!!)

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