Why You Should Learn How To Roast A Chicken

Among all of the dishes you learn to make, roasting a chicken should be one of them. But I don’t actually want to talk about roasting a chicken, sorry to disappoint if you were looking for a step-by-step process. You can find that here.

You should learn to roast a chicken because it’s important to make something you’re proud of.

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This includes more than just food. It could be a new and improved version of yourself. Think about your own ability to fix or create something, and how that makes you feel. To me, that’s the first step in healing, self-care and getting to know yourself.

I first heard this concept on Christy Harrison’s podcast series, Food Pysch, Episode 101, where Christy interviews Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love®. Rachel goes on to explain that the way you approach one thing such as eating habits, trickles over into how we approach other areas of our lives.

This really resonated with me because the journey I have been on with food, health and wellness has absolutely trickled over into how I approach my day to day life. There are a few things I have learned over the years that have helped me with my own understanding of self, and what it means to stare my internal conflicts in the face and change my approach – and start roasting chickens.


Recognize Your Pain Points

This can be called several different things, most notably, triggers or sensitivities. I think the only way to go beyond those pain points in your life is to unpack them. One emotion and one breakdown at a time. Figure out who or what it is that changes your mood and identify the root of it. That’s much easier said than done. But it’s something that has helped me tremendously, whether it was a break up from a friendship or relationship, a setback or just a bad draw. The term “life happens” is a cliché truth. Things will continue to happen so long as you’re walking this earth. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can change our relationship to those things. It has the ability to make us stronger. 


Stop Comparing, Start Working

It’s easy to compare your accomplishments to another person’s success. Heck, it’s easy to be envious of where someone else is at. I’ve caught myself wondering how someone with a similar situation was seemingly doing so much “better” than I was, only to find out how unhappy they were, and wanted their life to be dramatically different. You can only go so far comparing yourself to others. Honestly, you’re wasting a ton of time taking notes on other people’s lives instead of investing in yourself. If you know more about Suzie and Tom Q, their dog, their new home and their travels than your own self, then that should give you pause. You can do more when you start working on your own plan for self-improvement. That may include confronting people and situations, delivering an apology, breaking down and crying or removing something or someone from your life. 


If you’re uncomfortable, it’s working

I’ve talked before about how life is sometimes uncomfortable. There’s growth, opportunity and strength that can come out of it. Recently, I’ve tackled things that I have buried for a long time, such as feeling isolated or embarrassed when eating out and not wanting to call attention to my dietary needs. I knew it wasn’t unusual to be particular about food preparation. For me, it was the extra time and significance others put on my preferences – especially in that 30 seconds while I was ordering, giving me a ton of anxiety. I knew I had to narrow down what made me feel awkward – was it the dietary restrictions themselves or people’s perspective of me? Through an honest conversation with myself, I knew it was both. I started to research menus before dining out with others and figured out ways to reduce my anxiety and remain consistent in my diet. Fortunately, the trend toward gluten-free and vegan options have made this process much easier. With all of that said, it’s important to realize that it’s okay to be uncomfortable, as long as you do something with it. Don’t bury or ignore it but push through and find your way back to being in control. 


You’re more apt to make something you’re proud of when it comes from a genuine understanding of yourself. This can boost confidence in yourself, and you can learn to navigate through life with a stronger framework to rely on.

I really believe in these things and could go on forever. One last thought…We should always be learning and growing, sharing when we have insight and listening when we need it. We have five senses for a reason, use them often. Use them interchangeably.