Crock Pot Meals Is A Healthy Way To Cook

The crock Pot is one of the most easiest cooking tools to use in today’s modern kitchen. It also doesn’t involve frying anything. It is possible to make unhealthy food in crock pots, but there are so many healthy recipes that you can use to make great meals that taste great. And now I’m starting to sound like an infomercial. lolz ^^;

The first rule about eating healthy is portion control and if it’s just you or you have one more person with you then a 3-6 qt. crock pot would be too much unless your going to squirrel away the extra portions for another day because you don’t plan on cooking in the crock pot every day (Or just for you meal preppers out there this would be a good idea). Keep this in mind. There are many healthy crock pot recipes online to choose from, but make sure they are recipes for the right size crock pot that you want. Now if it’s a party or there are many people living in your house hold then you will need a bigger sized crock pot. I have one healthy crock pot recipe on this website of mine under the tab “Recipes” called “Holy Cow Turkey Chili”.

Who wouldn’t want to use a crock pot? It takes you minutes to prepare and then it cooks all day for you so that by the time you come home from a long day your meal will be ready whenever you are. And I also have to tell you that I learned the hard way about this, but if you are cooking on top of a granite counter top or the like, then you want to put something under your crock pot especially for the bigger models. For my crock pot I put an inch thick wooden cutting board. I started doing this after my granite counter top cracked and split about fifteen inches… ^^;;;;

…yeah lesson learned.

Good news is when the area cooled it closed back up because thank the gods it was on a seam of the counter so it wasn’t a zig-zag break.

The best brand of crock pots I found out are the Hamilton Beach ones…a little pricey, but well worth the extra bucks. Get the one where it has an option after you set it for whatever cooking time that when it’s done it automatically goes to the “warm” setting. This way you can set it and forget it.  ^^

I’m still learning cooking with a crock pot and I hope to get better. So far I have perfected my turkey chili. What I mean by this is that I have it basically memorized in my head…mostly. I hope you can experiment with different recipes and meal plans for a healthier and easy way for a more fit lifestyle without having a million dishes in the sink for meal prepping.

Once a habit…

I think if I break my fast food and diet soda addiction that will be it. I try to do things in moderation and it either works for awhile, doesn’t work at all, or becomes too much. It feels like breaking up with a significant other. You know they’re toxic for you, but you keep going back anyway thinking it’ll be different the next time. Your anxiety, brain, and cravings lie to you. Don’t listen to them and don’t give in. I’m sure once I start eating healthier foods and get into a good exercise routine as a better healthier habit I can kick those bad habits to the curb. I’ll start next week as I gather up my sure fire plan and when I am able to go back to the gym again.

Well…here’s to my health?

Getting old with age…

As we age we get wrinkles, joint pain, and our minds aren’t as sharp as they used to be. But is that something to celebrate or to be feared as we get older? Here’s two ways to look at it: You can either look on the cynical side and think about these things in a negative manner, or you can look on the bright and positive side.

With age comes wisdom and those wrinkles? You’ve earned them. Nobody knows your body, but you so you know what it has been through and what it’s going through right now. No one knows the future so there’s no point in worrying about it. We should treat our bodies better because it’s the only one we got. If we want to stay around long enough on this planet for the various reasons like family, friends, adventure, or the pursuit of happiness then we should take care of it. The first step in doing that is talking with your doctor.

The next step is getting on a healthy diet plan that works for you. You shouldn’t think of a diet as in “Die” but with a “T”, but as in the logical and anthropological sense of “diet” what do you eat? What does your diet consists of? This is a change of life and habits and I know it’s easier said than done, but small changes at first is the way to go. You are not going to feel the good changes that a healthier diet will do for you at least six weeks down the road so don’t give up! Your diet is the most important to your health more than exercise because you can’t out run a bad diet…and it’s just bad for your heart that way.

The third step is picking an exercise and fitness routine that works for you. Yes, you will talk to your doctor about this as well. Also, if you can work with a personal trainer to help you figure out a routine that’s best for you. Once you have that down and you start slow at first and then once you get used to it you can up your physical fitness routine.

The fourth step is keeping a journal to write down your thoughts and to, in a way, work things out and also keep a record of your health journey. That way when you do hit the six week mark you can look back on your progress.

Aging doesn’t have to be so bad. Things are going to happen to your body with age, but you can make it a bit easier by doing a little self care for yourself. No one else is going to do it for you. YOU have to make the effort for YOU. If you don’t then how do you expect anyone else to love or care for you if you can’t seem to love or care for yourself. Make your own light first and shine brightly.

Just get moving…

I yelled at myself today and so I started dancing to “Just Dance 2017” on my Nintendo Switch. I really wasn’t feeling it today and my arms were really hurting after four songs. I need to go back to the gym and workout for a week and try again on Saturday. The good news is I lost two pounds in a week. I don’t know how I’ve been eating like I wasn’t on a diet this past week while on vacation. And then I totally forgot about my homework the entire week because I was so focused on studying for the vocab quiz on Wednesday…

I’m so grounding myself. I know I am an adult, but that means I can punish myself and so I will be studying most of next weekend away.

GYM TIME

I got to the gym finally yesterday and it turned my legs into jello. ^^;

Then I tried signing up for some martial arts training and realized my physical health limitations and got really depressed by the end of the day. Maybe I should just train at the gym and when I get closer to my goal and maybe get one thing fixed through surgery I can try again? I know I am not a spring chicken, but when I was younger and did martial arts my nightmares would go away and I would actually sleep well. That was among other improvements I was seeing back then. The wedding is still in September and my brother decided to have it on a Sunday. I guess the venue is cheaper that way because who books a wedding on a Sunday?

Cleanse

I will be doing a cleanse detox diet…I need to get away from all the bad foods. Let’s see if that works? I’m currently on vacation so I’m also going to try and hit the gym every day starting Monday and if not then I will get my exercise on a “Just Dance” video game.

Book List…

I am trying to beat my book ADHD by tackling my big list on Good Reads of “Currently Reading” list. I want to finish one book at a time and the only way to start that is by knocking down my active list. I just finished Passion, which this is a third installment in the series and frankly I hated it. It seems Lauren Kate’s writing gets worse as the series progresses. The whole time travel thing I know needed to happen to unveil a few things and to move some plots along. But, she had it go on for way too long and she was jumping around all over the place that I got confused. The ending was revealed and shed some light on the curse and maybe a loophole…I dunno….the way she wrote it I’m going to have to read a spark notes to understand it. I want to quickly finish the series and get it over with because once I start something I want to finish it. I also have a collecting problem. When I bought the first book it was all right and the ending was good so I got the second book…I didn’t care too much for the second book. Then you know…after that I HAD to collect the rest of the series. I have all four books and even the companion novel (Fallen in Love), but I know there is another book about Cam and Lilith…that I will not read. I don’t even know if I will read that other companion novel after I finish the fourth book. I want this series to be done and over with. I bought a lot of new books, but I promised myself to finish my list first before moving on. I guess only time will tell if I can break my own reading curse of constantly reading books, but hardly finishing a single novel once in a blue moon. So far I am making progress and have finished three novels since the beginning of the new year. ^^

Movie Review: Tomb Raider

This isn’t going to be a long review, but I just wanted to say that this past Saturday I watched the film Tomb Raider and I loved it. But, I also felt that the actress playing Lara Croft owned the character in her own way. She was playing herself in a Lara Croft film rather than her actually being Lara Croft. Technically she wasn’t believable as Lara, but is a bad ass in her own right to make the movie really good. There were a few times I thought she was going to fall and the scenes on the island looked and felt just like in the game. There were even a bit of some scary scenes later on…(trying not to do spoilers)…and I had to hide in my popcorn. ^^;;

 

I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Blogging

I know I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I am really busy at the moment. I am thinking about giving Just Dance another shot. I love it I really do and that’s not the reason I stopped. I feel that right now there are too many things going on. Japanese class is going well, work is going well, everything is going well, and that just about sums it up. Hopefully I get into a better groove and maybe fix and update my “About” section. I am thinking about the direction of this blog/site and where I want to go with it. I also finished “Ready Player One” and a review for that book I will do sometimes this week.

Empty Box

I feel like my box is empty. That what I have done has not surmounted to anything and all the things I had done has now become inane and inert. I want to do more things, but I lack the fortitude and energy to do so. I want to buy a better digital camera. The one I currently have is circa 2003. It’s really old and I want a better one, but I don’t need a $3,000 camera. I want one with the pictures sharp and clear and the zoom is great where the pictures can stay sharp and clear. Also, maybe it can have a few knick knack features. Other than that I want to get into photography as a hobby for fun. I’ve been trying to live my life passionately, but I still find myself standing still…