The Benefits of Eating In

The Benefits of Eating In
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

Besides the fact that there’s an additional family member in our house and no one seems to have anywhere to go, not much has changed around here. Well, except my workday solitude, and the grocery bill, of course.

As we spend more on groceries, we’re spending less on restaurant meals.

In truth we’ve never eaten out very much, therefore in this household the weight is tipped on the expenditure side. That’s okay. It’s nice to have my family around.

It’s fairly safe to say we’re probably all eating at home more, as we don’t have much choice, do we?

I’m always looking for the good in this pandemic. And from my perspective, eating at home has some distinct advantages.

  • We’re cooking more, which is usually healthier than restaurant fare.
  • We’re saving money.
  • We have more family time around the table.
  • We might lose some weight.
  • We’re enhancing our cooking skills.
  • We’re getting adventurous, e.g. baking bread.

While baking bread and other delights fills the time and the belly nicely, it has the potential to quickly diminish the health perspective. Please consider everything in moderation, including moderation.

If you’re running out of ideas of what to cook, or getting tired of the same old things, a Google search of “what to cook during a pandemic” brought up all kinds of sites that are currently dedicated to just that. It’s another reminder that we’re all in this together. And on that note, are you sharing the responsibility of cooking and menu ideas with all members of the family? And of course there’s still take-out if you’ve had quite enough of the home stuff.

Spring is here and that means being outdoors and lighting up the barbecue – just in time to mix things up. Have you thought of planting a vegetable garden? You can grow almost anything in a pot.

Hang in there, my friends. We have before us the opportunity to develop habits that will serve us in many ways. So why not make the best of it? One small step at a time.