The 10 Day Cooking Challenge!

cooking challenge

— RULES FOR THE COOKING CHALLENGE —

 

1 Cook at least 1 meal EACH day, 5 days each week

2 Do it for 2 weeks (at least 10 meals)

3 Round up some friends and get them in on this too!

 

COOKING MORE OF YOUR MEALS IS KEY TO EATING CLEANER AND TAKING YOUR HEALTH BACK INTO YOUR OWN HANDS!

 

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Have you looked at the ingredients used in the fast food that you eat? Have you looked at the ingredients used by the restaurants that you eat at? ME NEITHER!

Does that mean that all fast food places and restaurants serve low quality, toxic filled foods? NO
I know and enjoy many clean, healthy restaurants when I’m out and about.

But generally speaking, fast food places AND restaurants:
– use bulk bought ingredients designed for shelf life, not freshness and nutrition
– are full of preservatives and artificial flavors and coloring and other chemicals that make you fat and sick
– use foods that are most popular in the area (and that may not fit what you and I believe is “healthy”)
– serve convenient foods (with buns, pasta, pastries, etc) that are easy to eat on the go, but end up clogging your digestion

 

BENEFITS OF COOKING MOREspice-370114_640
– Less chemicals in your food (The stuff that makes you fat and sick!)
– Higher quality foods (less fattening, less toxic, more energizing)
– Easier to avoid breads, pastas, muffins, buns, etc (Check out the No Bread Challenge!)
– Smaller portion sizes
– Saves TONS of money
– Less temptation from “bad foods”

 
WHAT COUNTS AS HEALTHY COOKING?
Great question. And with all the media and advice and articles and experts do you find it AMAZINGLY CONFUSING to figure out what is healthy and what isn’t??? I sure did.

 
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BASICALLY
1. Start with fresh foods (avoid boxed or canned foods if you can)
2. Avoid foods with long ingredients lists and chemicals on the ingredients label
3. Avoid using breads, pastas, baked goods, pastries, etc
THAT’S IT!

 

 

 

And read this quick post on why your definition of healthy is probably all wrong!

Read this quick post to help identify what’s healthy and what isn’t – I promise it is simpler than you think!

 
BREAK THE CYCLE AND FORM NEW HABITS!
Am I the only one or is anyone else super busy now-a-days?

– Slap the alarm in the morning
– Jump in the shower
– Dash out the door
– Grab some food on the way to work
– Work like a maniac!
– Get off work and hit the gym or meet up with friends or pick up the kids
– Grab some food on the way home
– PASS OUT…and do it all over again!

I’m going to give you a huge tip…that lifestyle will catch up to you, sooner or later, and you will pay the price with your health…and regret will weight TONS my friend.

Think about this: Remember watching television shows like Leave it to Beaver, Family Ties, The Cosby Show. How is it those totally realistic and normal (har har!) families had time to cook and eat meals together? HOW DID THEY GET ALL THEIR “STUFF” DONE TOO??

I’ll tell you how…THEY DIDN’T MAKE THEMSELVES DO ALL THE “STUFF” we have gradually added to our overly busy, jam packed lives. Our priorities have shifted to put “stuff” ahead of eating a home cooked dinner. YOU ARE NOT AS BUSY AS YOU ARE MAKING YOURSELF!

 
IDEAS

light-148483_640 Pick a consistent meal each day
(I cook my breakfast every day: 2 Scrambled eggs, with chopped veggies. Sometimes with bacon. And a banana, avocado, and apple) (And I cook half of my dinners too)

 

 Plan your meals out for the week. Put it on a calendar and have fun with it. (Even try meal prepping for the week!)

 

 Get a few cook books. Take a cooking class. Google recipes. Google Paleo recipes. Call yo mama/grandma and get their recipes. Watch someone else cook!
(Try these sites Site1, Site2, Site3)

 

 I stop by the grocery store pretty much every day. That way my food is fresh and good. Plus I don’t plan my meals so when I have a craving, I just buy it the day of.

 

 Ask the cook/chef at your favorite restaurant how they make our favorite dish.

 

 I use LOTS of spices! (What do you think spices are? Ground up plants/roots) And don’t be afraid of salt…I use it A PLENTY!

 

 Buy some decent pots and pans (Shoot for stainless steel, and avoid non-stick. Why? Click here. AGAIN use what you can get and don’t freak out!)

 

 Put your microwave in storage for 2 weeks. (EVENTUALLY ditch it) Why? Read this

 

 

 Buy Organic IF YOU CAN. But DON’T WORRY about it if you can’t buy it.

 

 

 Instead of a protein shake, make a hard boiled egg! (Yes, I’ll count that)

 
LAME EXCUSES 🙂

1. I live alone and I don’t like cooking for myself
A: SO WHAT! I live alone and I throw DOWN in the kitchen once or twice every day…and I LOVE IT. Eat the leftovers the next day. Cook for neighbors. Bring food for friends/co-workers. Don’t sacrifice your health

2. I don’t know how to cook
A: LEARN! You aren’t born knowing how to drive a car or use an iPhone but you started and got better every time. Don’t be afraid to try out of fear that you aren’t Betty Crocker! No one is expecting you to be a chef. I’d rather an average meal made with time & care than eating out ANY DAY!

3. I’m never home. I don’t have any time
A: CHANGE…YOUR…PRIORITIES…Just for 2 weeks 🙂

 

nofastfoodRemember:There was a time when there were no fast food restaurants to drive up to. There were no restaurants at ALL. For thousands of years humans found time AND a way to prioritize preparing food that would give them energy, not take energy away. I think that you can find a way to cook at least 1 meal per day, 5 times a week you’ll see how easy it turns out to be. And you too will be forever changed.

If you have more ideas to make cooking easier, leave a comment below!

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