Getting your hands dirty

Getting your hands dirty

The simple mechanics of cooking can make the activity appealing and stimulate crucial brain centres. Researchers found that repetitive behaviours like chopping or kneading can decrease stress and anxiety.

Cooking on your own can increase the feeling of social interaction, partly from the people you're feeding. Altruism and positive behaviours like being kind can contribute to our wellbeing.

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Many of us instinctively know that a few hours in the kitchen gathering and chopping ingredients and getting creative can make us feel better.

Accomplishing small, creative tasks can make us feel happier. One study found that participants reported more positive emotions when they took on creative pursuits.

Cooking is soothing and empowering as you can be present in the moment. There is routine and a quietness about reading a recipe, and putting together a dish while you use your senses, smelling the aromas coming together.

With baking, you can do something that makes you have more control. You can read something, and in 30 minutes, you'll end up with a product that feels wonderfully satisfying.

Benefits of baking

Research shows there may be beneficial effects to baking, like less stress, emotion management and social connection.

Spending time in the kitchen is a kind of self-care that's desperately needed during the long months of isolation.

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Baking bread: Yeast-free and gluten-free alternatives

Yeast-free alternatives:

  • Chapatis
  • Rye bread from sprouted wheat
  • Tortilla bread from corn

Gluten-free flour alternatives:

  • Rice
  • Chickpea
  • Soy
  • Bean
  • Corn

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Making sourdough bread

Making sourdough bread may sound complicated. But that is the reason why it has gained cult-like status - because of the perceived steep learning curve to making bread.

Once you get past the mental barrier, it's a lot easier than it looks.

We mostly don't pay attention to lived time since we find objective time more useful. But we can get an understanding of the difference between them when they come apart.

An hour spent at the dentist's office feels long and drawn out while an hour at a party feels like it is passing by very quickly.

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