I hate cooking, I would much rather do any other chore; dishes, laundry, bathroom, you name it! I hate the planning, preparing, measuring, chopping, etc. it just takes so much time! I would much rather use my handy dandy microwave and just heat something up or even better eat out (no dishes!)
Fortunately for my family, I really care about eating healthy so I suffer through my hatred of cooking and plan healthy meals. While it is a process, I feel so much better when I know we are eating healthy. That being said, once I got married I quickly discovered the beautiful invention called the crockpot.
The crockpot is my sidekick, I use it for almost every meal (I try to anyway!). It seriously is the greatest thing for all of us non-cookers, especially for those who are constantly fighting for more time in the day. I highly recommend getting one.
This is starting to sound like a testimonial for crockpots, I’ll get on with the point. I have been pretty disappointed with the lack of healthy crockpot recipes out there. I’m always weeding through pinterest trying to find some recipe that doesn’t include “cream of chicken” or other processed junk.
This used to limit what I could cook and my poor husband was getting sick of the same recipes each week, until I discovered how to substitute food! This seems like a no-brainer, I really don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that I can sub out the yucky processed junk for healthier options! And the best part is it doesn’t compromise the flavor or taste of the recipe.
It has made finding crockpot recipes so much easier for me and a much happier husband! Check out these substitutions for your next meal!
Our Health Movement is about bringing people together in the fight for better health. No matter our current health status, we all have the same underlying goal; we want to be healthier. We may be at different levels or go about it in different ways, but we’re all on the same team and same journey, just at different stages.
Share your story, inspiration, passion, goals, failures and successes with the rest of us. Because ultimately this problem is too big for any of us to tackle alone; we have to work together, improve together, succeed, stumble and keep going together.
Because good health is one thing we all want and one thing we can all agree on regardless of our unique preferences. This is about healthy living, your way - whatever your way or reason is. Whatever your passion, bring it and share it with others.
Join our campaign this month by sharing your reason to be healthy, post on facebook or instagram and include #MyHealthReason. Everyone has a reason to be healthy, what’s yours?
February has come and gone which means another group has finished the 30-Day Lifestyle Program. These past 30 days we've had the opportunity to focus and improve on several aspects of our health. From exercising and diet to sleeping and serving, we've all been able to grow both psychically and mentally. Here are some thoughts from those who participated. Enjoy!
"Before starting I thought I was pretty healthy and didn't have a lot of desire to improve, but this program gave me the motivation and the determination to be better. I encourage everyone to use this program, whether you're a gym junkie or a couch potato-this will improve your life, the real way."
"Normally when I finish a diet or exercise program I breathe a huge sigh of relief that it's over. At the conclusion of the 30-Day Lifestyle program, however, I feel excitement, motivation and optimism!"
"At at the end of the 30-Day Lifestyle Program, all of the positive changes I've made aren't going to end. They're changes that I'm going to make part of my life for many years to come. Everyone should do this!!"
"I've learned through the 30-Day Lifestyle program that healthy living doesn't have to cause stress, anxiety, or guilt! I feel great!"
"At the end of the 30 days, I have more energy, I think more clearly, I can run for longer, and I just feel better overall!"
"What I loved most about the 30-Day Lifestyle Program was that it was simple, nothing extreme, there was no extreme exercising or dieting that was involved. Everything involved were things that I want to be doing anyway! And the days when I wasn't as pumped to complete each goal there were so many resources available, I always felt fully capable to persevere."
"As I look back on this experience and review my progress, I see how my health has improved
and realize I have much more to improve upon. I had a lot of fun tracking my progress and challenging co-workers. Lifestyle 30 has a lot to offer, whether you are focusing on mental, physical, emotional or social health. What I found most valuable from this experience was the exchange between my co-workers; everyone had a unique insight to their health. I appreciated hearing what was working for them, what they found to be challenging and what was helping them succeed. It gave new insight and ideas for me to try and see what worked for me. It made the process fun, relatable and more enjoyable."
"Over the past 30 days I have loved doing the 30-Day Lifestyle Program! Each day I was focusing on making healthier choices that will help me reach my health goals long-term...not just for the next 30 days. I loved that it's not anything extreme, but it gives great direction in how to learn and balance moderation, so I can occasionally have the ice cream or dessert and not feel guilty about it. This program is definitely needed at a time with so many fad programs and products out there. If you're looking to improve your health and want some sound guidance, I would highly recommend using the 30-Day Lifestyle Program, it holds true to its promise."
You can try the 30-Day Lifestyle Program for yourself and find out how to improve your health long-term: https://www.healthmovement.com/lifestyle30day.
No judging: we’re all on the same journey, just at different stages so let’s not tear each other down.