According to studies in the last 2 years or so, a staggering population in major cities across the US and UK are becoming less and less healthy as an effect of recession. The health conditions affected are both mental and physical with a big number of people getting admitted to psychiatric facilities. However, the recession also brings the best on some of the population, venturing forth in a more creative and positive direction in making the most out of the bad times.

Learn to cook

According to renowned celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, a lot of people do not know how to cook or are not bothered about cooking. You think you spend more cooking and buying raw ingredients? Think again. If you know how to cook, you know the concept of portions and sizes. If you know how to balance out your meal, you will not have any leftovers that people just throw away. Also, if you learn how to cook, you can create dishes that you can simply heat up the next day or transform to something else for breakfast.


Cooking is a great way to budget your money. You cannot spend on such and such ingredient? There are cheaper groceries where you can find them. Learning how to cook gives you a sense of direction. By understanding alternative food options, you can practically get more out of your money and enjoy the benefits of a good meal. You can also learn to explore new flavors and enjoy a unique discovery right in your kitchen. You can also learn to be sustainable such as planting herbs on your garden to give you fresh produce when needed.

Know what’s on your food

They say that “you are what you eat” and I couldn’t agree more. You eat saturated fats and sugars all the time? Welcome hypertension and diabetes soon. If you understand proportions, you are most likely to know how to balance out the meals. A healthy and balanced diet means that you are less likely to have diseases that are most of the time, triggered by excessive eating and unbalanced diet.

Understand that you do not have to be a chef to be aware about cooking. In fact, it is an exploration. There are so many recipes free for you to use as a blank template. You will be surprised as to how much better you will feel and how much heavier your pockets will be at the end of the day.