What is #cookjan and how can you get involved?

Skip out on diet culture and embrace the joy of food (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It’s the New Year at long (long) last, and with it comes the typical influx of New Year’s resolutions.

People all over the world will have vowed to improve their lives in some way, be it mentally, physically or something in between.

One popular January goal is known as ‘#cookjan’, with those who partake posting their efforts on social media under that hashtag.

What is #cookjan?

For the uninitiated, the aim of #cookjan isn’t to go on a health kick – more to reconnect with food in a way that’s meaningful to you.

It’s about celebrating the joy of food, and sharing your meals on Twitter.

Originally created by podcaster, writer and editor Alice Slater, #cookjan’s goal is for people to fly in the face of January diet culture and body ‘goals’ and take more care with food that makes us happy and leaves us feeling nourished.

There are plenty of tools and tutorials out there to help in the kitchen (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

There are no strict rules and the idea is to enjoy food, rather than trying to make perfect meals or eat in a certain way.

Partakers will often post pics of their efforts and share recipes on social media.

What with the pandemic and the Government’s tiers, this January would be a perfect one to give #cookjan a try.

Sure, takeaways are still an option, but the temptation of sitting in a restaurant has been removed from the equation for most of us, giving us the perfect opportunity to get cooking.

And if you do opt for takeaways this month, you can still engage with the #cookjan community online through mutual appreciation of food and all that it gives us.

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