My Journey in Baking

I can’t believe this is my last post about my LIP. Throughout this semester I have learn a lot of different and new things, but the most important thing that I learned is its okay to do something you enjoy to do. It’s always great to be able to learn something new and different.

I learned a lot of new things about baking that I have never known before such as: some history about baking, baking pies, and baking sugar cookies. I would like to take a minute on all of the different types of baking I did throughout this semester for my independent learning project.

Here are some of the pictures of everything I baked:

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I wanted to make my last post about my ILP about how it can help others.  In my website http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23756645 it says, “Baking is often associated with comfort food. Conjuring up homemade scones, chocolate brownies, macaroons or cupcakes has become a bit of a trend of late. But is there therapeutic value that is beneficial to mental health? “Baking helps lift my depression. It can’t cure it but it helps,” says John Whaite, last year’s winner of The Great British Bake Off.”

In the website https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_us_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8  it says, “Stress is related to a host of mental and physical problems, and finding ways to cope with that stress is important for leading a healthy life. When baking for other people, baking can also be a helpful way to communicate one’s feelings. Susan Whitbourne, professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts, points to the cultural norm of bringing food to someone when a loved one has passed. Sometimes there are no words, and only food can communicate what you’re trying to say. She told HuffPost, “It can be helpful for people who have difficulty expressing their feelings in words to show thanks, appreciation or sympathy with baked goods.” Julie Ohana, a licensed clinical social worker and culinary art therapist, told HuffPost, “In many cultures, in many countries, food really is an expression of love, and it’s actually beautiful because it’s something we really all relate to. I think it could border on an unhealthy issue when it replaces communication in the traditional sense, but if it’s done along with communication, it is absolutely a positive and really wonderful thing.”

Here are some links to some websites that have say baking can help people:

http://www.businessinsider.com/baking-could-help-you-relieve-stress-2017-4

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-reasons-baking-good-for-mental-health

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/03/can-baking-improve-mental-health

http://www.luminarybakery.com/blog/2018/1/22/how-baking-can-empower-and-improve-general-well-being

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-emotional-benefits-of-cooking-and-baking-244285

 

Thank you all for reading my blog post and thank you for following my ILP. I hope you learn as much as I did.

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2 thoughts on “My Journey in Baking

  1. Shayna,
    It seems like you enjoyed learning about baking and trying new things. I enjoyed reading throughout your baking experiences and it seems like you learned a lot along with enjoying the experience. Great job on your ILP.
    Madison Seamann

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