A Week’s Worth of Delicious Sweet Potato Beef Stew in 60 Minutes [Slow Cooker Recipe]

Sweet Potato Beef Stew RecipeA few weeks ago I got myself a new tool.

I’m sadly attracted to shiny new tools.

But this is one that I’ve been eying for quite some time. And when I saw it sitting on the store shelf by itself with its price tag slashed three times, I knew it was time to take action.

I swooped in, dropped some bills, and was told that I just grabbed the last unit in the store.

Meant to be.

I stuffed it in my car, drove back carefully to my apartment like I was bringing home a new born, and unpacked it with such a love and care to make sure it stayed in supreme condition.

This is how I continue to treat my brand spankin’ new slow cooker – the original Crock Pot.

But what’s the big deal right? A tool is just that – a tool. Nobody cares about tools. You don’t care about tools. You care about what one can do with those tools.

That’s what I like about you.

So today I’m going to show you what I’ve been able to do with my brand new crock pot. I’m going to show you how I used it to make a week’s worth of absolutely delicious sweet potato beef stew in just under 60 minutes. 

Let’s dig in. [Read more…]

Food Indulging: The Hard and Unfortunate Truth About Treating Ourselves

Indulging in FoodsWe all indulge.

It’s a fact. We’re human after all.

The concept of ‘treating ourselves’ has been around since the first ever batch of chocolate chip cookies came out of the oven.

It appears that we have this urge to regularly indulge in foods we know (100%) make us less healthy. We’re rebels. We want to break some rules. We want to live a little.

We want to ignore some of our most essential eating habits.

And so every so often we say screw it. We throw our middle fingers up to the world and let our taste buds go crazy. 

And it feels good. It feels damn good.

But what happens to your body when you indulge? What consequences do we suffer when we decide to break our rules and make poor food choices?

After reading this post, you’re probably going to hate me. It’s OK. I’m ready for it.

But, if I’m lucky, this post might give you a slightly different perspective on the effects of food indulging.

Let’s dig in. [Read more…]

What Rats and Squirrels can Teach us About Getting Fat

Why we get fatWhy do we get fat?

It’s a question that has perplexed the scientific community for decades.

It’s a question many of us think we know the answer to, but really we have no idea. Truth be told, we completely underestimate the complexity behind the process of fat accumulation.

While I’ll save the specifics of why we get fat for another post, I wanted to share a few interesting studies that can provide some solid insight into the true reasons we’re carrying around all that extra weight.

And, more importantly, why we’re struggling to get it off.

Oh, and let me be the first to say that it’s far from what you’d expect. 

Let me show you what a few rats and ground squirrels can teach us about the process of getting fat. [Read more…]

How a Change in your Environment can help you Demolish your Cravings

Change Your EnvironmentPeople sometimes tell me that I ask too many questions.

But so what?

As the old Chinese proverb says:

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

I prefer my foolishness to be temporary.

So I like to ask questions. Good questions. Interesting questions. Questions that make people think and reveal things they typically wouldn’t.

Every now and then I’ll pose a question on the B2F Facebook page in the quest to get a better understanding of how I can serve my readers (you) better with my content.

This stuff helps me gauge what you’re struggling with. What you’re most interested in. Or what you need a little more clarification with to help you along your journey to a better body.

So here was one question I posted recently:

“Which habit do you have that you want to get rid of?”

The answers were somewhat predictable, yet unusually skewed to a common spectrum.

They went something like this… [Read more…]

Raw Food Birthday Cake Recipe: How I Made a Raw Food Blueberry Cheesecake

Raw Food Birthday Cake HeaderThis past weekend was my girlfriend’s birthday.

And I wanted to make her something special.

Something delicious.

Every year for my birthday she makes me an incredible raw food birthday cake: no refined sugars, no flour, no baking required. Just raw, natural ingredients.

She knows me too well.

So this year I thought I’d return the favor and make her something a little bit extraordinary.

I put my Googling skills to use and dug up an incredible raw food blueberry cheesecake recipe. I grabbed the mighty food processor, put on some good tunes, and got to work.

Let me show you what I created. [Read more…]

Taste Buds, Mad Scientists, and the Truth Behind Your Food Cravings

Food CravingsI want you to imagine something for a second.

Imagine that everything you know about food – or you think you know about food – is now gone. It’s no longer there. That part of your brain has been erased.

To you, there are no such things as calories or carbs. You’ve never heard of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, digestion, or anything related to food consumption.

To you, food is just, well, food.

Now, with that in mind, let me ask you a question…

If I give you a random food to eat, something you’ve never seen or eaten before, how would you know whether that food is ‘good’ or ‘bad’?

If you knew absolutely nothing about a food or its ingredients, how would you know whether to classify it as good (as in, sure I’ll eat it again) or bad (as in, I’ll never touch this again)?

Think about that for a second because it’s very important.

Hint: there’s a bit of biology involved.

The answer is actually fairly simple.

But, what you’ll soon discover might scare you.

Let me explain.  [Read more…]

Learn how to Cook: An Essential Life Skill that can Better your Body

[This is a guest post written by my good friend and food lover Darrin Carlson from theguycancook.com. I asked Darrin to prepare this post for Bloom to Fit because I know he is incredibly passionate about teaching people how to prepare simple and healthy meals. Learning how to cook for yourself isn’t hard and it can literally transform your life. Take it away Darrin.]

Learn to cook80% of your health and fitness is the result of your diet!

We’ve all heard sayings like this, and most people who have been successful at getting and staying in shape will agree that changing their diet had the most dramatic effect.

But how can you eat a healthy diet in a world of fast food and chemically-engineered food products?

Easy: learn how to cook.

When you learn how to prepare your own meals from scratch, you have 100% control over what you put into your body.

You don’t have to struggle reading nutrition labels, and plenty of research suggests that reducing the amount of “high-calorie, high-flavor” food that you find in most prepared meals is a successful way to reduce overeating.

Oh, and knowing how to throw together a tasty meal will come in handy on date night, whether you are a guy or a girl.

So you’re ready to learn how to cook? Awesome! Here are the basic guidelines. [Read more…]

How to Make Raw Food Protein Bars: My First Daring Attempt

Home-made protein barsAbout a year ago, my lovely girlfriend surprised me with a pair of tickets to a raw food workshop out of town (she knows me so well).

It was an incredible workshop led by a raw food chef (who happened to be pregnant at the time) with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever been exposed to in my life.

She left quite an impression on me as she shared her craft and taught us how to make some killer raw food desserts.

And that impression kind of stuck with me.

As has the love for making awesome raw food meals. Ever since that workshop, I’ve been having sporadic moments of raw food cravings.

Cravings powerful enough to spark imagination. Cravings that force my girlfriend to get out her heavy-duty food processor and start performing some magic.

This past weekend was one of those days.

Out of nowhere, I had an indescribable urge to fulfill one of my life-long dreams:

To make my very own protein bars.

Here’s how I (ummm we) did it… [Read more…]

Why you Can’t Resist the Food That’s in Front of You

Can't Resist Food in Front of You Why is it so hard to resist food that’s in front of you?

You know the feeling I’m talking about…

The irresistible, un-suppressable feeling. The half-guilty half just-this-one-time feeling we get when we’re trying to decide whether the food in front of us will end up in our stomach or not.

The truth is it’s simply hard to say no.

And it’s not all your fault.

Resisting the food that’s in front of you is actually going against millions of years of human evolution and design.

From a biological perspective, you are designed to eat the food that’s in front of you.

Here’s why… [Read more…]

Why Exercise Can Make You Fat

exercise makes you fatAbout a month ago, a friend of mine told me he was going to try to lose some weight.

So he started Insanity.

He was willing to put himself through hell (that’s pretty much the definition of insanity, right?) to lose some weight and finally get lean.

I gotta admit, his intentions were great.

And I was happy to see him finally put his body first. That’s half the battle right there.

But there was only one problem… [Read more…]