Try to think of how many times you have compared your cooking results or even cooking skills to that of others. Is it always in a self-loving way? In a world that strives for perfection there is a lot of pressure on us to be perfect. It can be so much pressure that we don’t try, try and give up, or don’t invite others over to eat because of our “we can’t cook” attitude.
Today with so many cooking shows, social media postings, and recipes everywhere, there is a lot of pressure for our food to look and taste delicious, especially if we are entertaining. And when we do entertain we may find ourselves negatively criticizing our cooking skills. If this sounds like you, maybe these few suggestions will help you move forward to a more loving attitude toward you and your skills in the kitchen:
- Make a recipe that you know you have success with to boost your confidence.
- Look for the positive aspects to your completed dishes before you turn negative. And if you begin on the negative line, flip it toward a positive tone. Does it look appetizing? Does it smell good? Is it something that will bring you or others joy? Would you make those negative comments to a friend?
- While presenting to family/friends, try to avoid saying anything negative about your dish. When the comments come, accept them graciously. Try not to discount them or find a rebuttal that is negative. Just say, “thank you!” Or, “I hope you enjoy it!” They may even ask for the recipe!
Getting together, enjoying each other’s company and time and sharing food without judgment really is the goal. Hopefully we all can learn to be gracious to ourselves in whatever capacity we are at!
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