Consuming calories for your body to convert into energy is a pretty basic human need. Without food your body ceases to function, and if you want your body to function well you should be mindful of the foods you consume. Knowing how to prepare healthy foods for yourself is an essential life skill and helps to keep you away from packaged and preservative laden fast foods that cause more harm than good. Cooking for yourself should be an integral part of your self care routine and not a chore. Respect your body by feeding it when you are hungry whenever possible and prioritize providing yourself with real nourishment every day.Aim for a little food from each group for every meal (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy or dairy-free alternative, etc). Food is foundational to good health.