What are the important things in life? What makes us happy? Some answers would be health, money (which won’t make you completely happy, but admit it, you’d rather cry in a Ferrari), doing the things we enjoy, spending time with loved ones. This may seem like a fluffy start to our blog this week, but New Year is the time we reflect on the stuff that really matters.
The most popular New Years Resolutions for 2013
1. Save more money – 31%
2. Get out of debt – 22%
3. Get fit/lose weight – 18%
4. Change job/career – 16%
5. Quit smoking – 13%
6. Give up alcohol – 11%
7. Spend less time working – 9%
8. Spend more time with family/friends – 7%
9. Give up chocolate – 6%
10. Move house – 2%
Leo Widrich, one of the minds behind Buffer App has written a fantastic piece on “Why 88% of New Year’s resolutions fail, and how to make them work”. He delves into some brain science, and concludes that we need to create little implementable habits, over a big sweeping resolution, such as: “Eat healthy food vs. Habit: Start substituting that 1 daily morning pastry for a banana.”
A highly implementable answer that goes quite some way to tackle resolutions 1,2,3,7,8 and 9 (above) is… Cook fresh food, ta dah!!! See where we’re going here?
Cook once a day or twice a week, but choose a specific cooking habit you can implement.
Learn 1 new cooking method each month.
Create entries into your diaries if it helps. Cooking fresh food will quickly have a positive effect on your bank balance, health, waistline, stress levels and time you spend with loved ones; the things that really matter. Who knew that kneading bread is so satisfying and proven to lower your blood pressure? Fresh food makes your home smell delicious, and brings us back to enjoying life’s simple pleasures. The benefits of using fresh ingredients go further to have a positive impact on everyone you cook for. Nobody is going to mind if you want to make a big lasagna.
If you are a busy bee, fear not! Whisk removes the hassle from food shopping, you literally pick a recipe or several recipes and we get the right ingredients in the right quantities delivered to your door. It. Takes. Seconds. The developers at Whisk are also working on a function that provides you with recipes to make with the leftover ingredients. Thrifty tech magic that reduces food waste, making your money go further.
So instead of trying to take on the world this January, cook up a better you with Whisk and reap a whole host of benefits.