Better Preparation to Minimize Stress
Before taking a Cooking Matters course, Yadira went to the grocery store once per week without a plan. Once the groceries were unloaded and she was in the kitchen faced with the task of preparing a meal, Yadira often found that cooking felt stressful and haphazard. Additionally, it seemed as though there was never enough time to make dinner. With two of her children suffering from vision and sensory issues, another with food restrictions, and all in attendance at separate schools – Yadira doesn’t have the luxury of time. Between the everyday tasks of school, errands, therapy appointments and a husband that won’t make it home before dinner-time, Yadira knew she needed to make some changes to help her schedule feel less hectic.
Now, when shopping, Yadira has a plan of action and is confident in her ability to use the nutrition facts label to find nutritious foods for her family of five. Once she gets home, she thinks back to recipes she made in class, or utilizes her practiced skills to explore new recipes, and is able to make quick, fulfilling meals for her family. The best part? Her family approves of these meals – from her picky four-year old to her teenage sons. “I feel proud when my kids make progress [with food]”, says Yadira.
Cooking Matters gave Yadira new ideas and quicker techniques in the kitchen. She is now open to incorporating fresh, frozen and canned produce into her meals which helps her save money and time. Her family has also started a new dinner routine thanks to conversations she had with other parents during the Cooking Matters course. For example, you won’t find the TV on during dinnertime in Yadira’s house!
Yadira, like many caregivers, is selfless. She is always willing to take time to learn how to improve her family and felt the six-week Cooking Matters course would help her do just that. What she didn’t realize when joining Cooking Matters was how rejuvenating it felt to take time for herself. The six weeks she spent practicing kitchen techniques and talking with other caregivers about feeding their family nutritiously while on a budget, truly increased her confidence in these areas. These days Yadira feels less stressed about feeding her family and thus less stressed overall. She feels she is making the best of each day with her family and those are benefits that will last a lifetime.