To ensure I'm meeting that vision, I started this year with a survey to see what topics were of highest interest to you. Here are the results:
- Question: As far as recipes go, what are you interested in?
- Answers: 84.62% - Quick & Easy, 69.23% - Gluten Free, 46.15% - Paleo Meals, 46.15% - Crockpot Dinners
- Question: In terms of educational articles, what topics interest you the most?
- Answers: 92.31% - Increasing Energy, 61.54% - Digestive Health, 53.85% - Lowering Inflammation, 30.77% - Autoimmune Disease
- Question: Anything else you'd like to make sure I cover in 2017?
- Answers: how to meal prep, substitutes for common food sensitivities, compassion & self-care, best drinking water, how to buy supplements, and how to do this without breaking the bank.
We're going to start with the topic of Quick & Easy recipes. Well actually, we're going to back it up a little bit and say that ALL cooking (whether following recipes or not) will be a lot faster, and more enjoyable, if we set ourselves up for success. The best way to do this is to take a couple hours each week to prepare ingredients. I'd like to share a document with you that is part of my Create Health Program. The Prep for Success document walks you through four different categories: what takes the longest, what is just annoying, what needs washed, and how does it feel. You see, it's pretty easy to throw together a breakfast of sautéed vegetables and eggs IF you already have the vegetables chopped and grated. It's a breeze to pack yourself a salad for lunch IF you have lettuce, grated vegetables, protein, and salad dressing ready to grab and go. You can throw together a warming pot of soup in 30-minutes, or less, if you have a jar of pre-made broth, a roasted chicken, and a bunch of chopped veggies.
There are plenty recipes that are quick & easy and I'll be sharing some of my favorites with you this year. However, we often miss this very important step. By spending a few hours preparing you will inevitably eat better AND save time during the rest of the week. For those who are struggling with fatigue this means more time to sleep, read a book, take a bath, or what have you.
So, this week, I want to encourage you to spend a couple hours in your kitchen baking a chicken, making taco meat, chopping onions, shredding carrots, and more. You will not regret it.