Cooking for Well-being

When:

18/11/21

Contractors for:

Location:

Auckland

Type:

Well-being

Short Description

This program equipped the women with various strategies: Using empowerment through healthy cooking, self-care techniques with the body and mind, awareness of healthy foods as well-being care for themselves and their community, creativity and anti-stress techniques while cooking and continuous improvement of their lives with knowledge and positive thinking about themselves.

Introduction

There was a total of 11 immigrant women from Auckland who participated in The Cooking for Well-being program. Each participant had been left feeling vulnerable due to the on-going pandemic and with no nearby family to lean towards for care and support.


This program equipped the women with various strategies: Using empowerment through healthy cooking, self-care techniques with the body and mind, awareness of healthy foods as well-being care for themselves and their community, creativity and anti-stress techniques while cooking and continuous improvement of their lives with knowledge and positive thinking about themselves.

For many cooking is simply a means to an end, with the primary aim being the consumption of the prepared food. We tend to classify the act of cooking as a daily, instinctive, and sometimes even laborious activity. Although it can also become a therapeutic habit that can bring us many physical and emotional benefits if carried out mindfully.


The therapeutic kitchen takes advantage of its more playful and creative characteristics to improve the life of each participant. This is done through improving interpersonal bonds, achieving a healthier life and even aims to take advantage of its benefits to stimulate aspects such as memory, organisational capacity and sensory awareness.


In the United States, there are therapies expressly implemented by mental health professionals that promote cooking courses and activities designed for patients with different problems. This activity helps fight depression and is an effective method against stress and anxiety. The Cooking for Well-being program has put these theories into practice. The program was accompanied and facilitated by a certified social worker that actively participated with the group of women.

Objectives

2. Objectives


2.1 General Objective


• Develop a therapy from the preparation of healthy foods. 


2.2. Specific Objectives

  • Find new motivational activities.

  • Learn to use healthy ingredients in the kitchen.

  • Avoid cognitive impairment and enhance motor skills.

Outcomes

In this workshop, we rely on creative tasks for emotional expression, we used cooking creativity as an activity and channelled our emotions comfortably and confidently. It is effective in learning emotional and empowerment management techniques. It also works on strategies to combat anxiety, stress and learn self-care.


The Cooking for Well-being program empowers the senses and sensory capacities to appreciate the value of food and culinary preparations as a valid and effective tool to achieve a healthier diet and lifestyle.


The program consisted of 11 migrant women and was carried out successfully every week. Participants learnt well-being, self-care, healthy culinary techniques. All knowledge learned will help them to empower themselves and make a habit of continuous improvement in their lives.

Media

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