Did you ever come home from work or a busy day and thought you didn’t have time to cook a healthy great tasting meal? Many of us have this problem, but there is a way to conquer that beast. You just need the recipes, basic supplies and support of this blog, and I, Kurt Jacobson to get you through it. I have learned over the last twenty years how to create great, healthy meals in very little time. You don’t need to be a chef to make this work for you. I have done the hard work of developing a plan for you.
This is a blog dedicated to eating healthy even in those times when you think you are too busy to cook. My intention is to empower anyone wanting a healthier lifestyle to achieve it. I’ll focus mainly on cooking healthy home cooked meals, but will offer an occasional splurge meal too. Most dishes will contain little or no meat, but you can add meat if you like. Wine and restaurant reviews will occasionally enter into the mix as well as interesting food facts. Most recipes will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes of preparation time, and will be ready to serve in 20 to 50 minutes. I’ll focus on healthy meals using ingredients easily found in most grocery stores. Great you say, but why listen to Kurt? Read on.
I have loved cooking for most of my life. I started cooking on a regular basis at age 15. At the age of 18 I joined the US Coast Guard and became a professional cook. The restaurant business welcomed me when I was discharged from the Coast Guard, but about killed me from the alcohol and drug crazed environment I became immersed in. I cooked in every kind of restaurant you can imagine, from Pizza Hut to a five diamond rated French restaurant outside of Durango Colorado. I bailed out of restaurant cooking after twelve years and moved to Alaska to get a kinder work schedule. That started the last phase of my professional cooking career. I started cooking for a fish processing plant for two summers and then I worked offshore oil platforms and environmental cleanup camps for five years. It was a dream come true to be out in nature cooking for people who really appreciated my skills. It was there that I returned to my roots. I was cooking dishes my grandmother, aunt and mother taught me as well as many recipes I learned in restaurants.
It was during that phase that I topped out at 190 pounds from eating all that heart stopping good food. I went to a doctor in Kenai Alaska in 1994 who informed me my cholesterol was too high and would need to put me on statin drugs for the rest of my life to lower it. The doc gave me quite a gift when he said I could probably avoid the statin drugs if I would change my diet and exercise habits. Like most things I ever take on I went at this new regimen of eating and exercising with a vengeance. For the first two months after that fateful visit I exercised an hour or more 6 days per week and changed my diet radically. I would eat no more than five grams of fat per day. I lived on beans and rice for lunch and dinner, with a bit of halibut or chicken for variety. For breakfast I ate 6 ounces of nonfat yogurt with a half cup of Grapenuts cereal and one apple.
The results were amazing. I dropped 35 pounds in 60 days, and on my next blood/cholesterol checkup I had dropped 100 points into the safe level of HDL/LDL. It felt great to go out and buy new clothes as the 35 inch jeans shrunk to 32 inch waist size. This lasted about two years before I realized it was too strict. Fast forward to the present and I have kept my weight and cholesterol under control eating a healthy, 80% vegetarian, diet Monday through Friday and splurging a bit on the weekends. My weight stays around 155 and cholesterol in the good range. As for exercise I walk about a mile per day with my faithful German Shepard. This is not a brutal exercise routine, or meal plan. I believe it can work for just about anyone that cares enough about feeling great and looking good. I hope though this blog I can help others gain control of their weight and health with easy to follow great tasting recipes using simple ingredients easily found at their local grocery store. Please come join me in a slimmer healthier place at FastandFuriousCook.com, where everyone can learn to cook healthy, quick and inexpensive meals.