Hello I’m Shannon aka FitSlowCookerQueen
I am a home cook living in Los Angeles. When I got married in 2011, one of the wedding gifts I received was a slow cooker. Like most people, I had heard of a ‘crockpot’ but didn’t really know what it was. I definitely didn’t realize that Crock-Pot was a brand and I actually had actually received a slow cooker. Needless to say, my new slow cooker went straight into the pantry and sat in its box unopened.
Fast forward 6 months and I found myself at my all-time highest weight. I refer to it as my wedding weight. Don’t get me wrong, I have never been overweight. But it was more weight than what I was used to. I knew I had 2 options: buy all new clothes or embrace a healthy lifestyle. I chose the latter. At the time I was an Executive working long hours so broke out that slow cooker. Pinterest became my best friend but I couldn’t believe how unhealthy most of the slow cooker recipes were. They all called for ‘cream of something’, pre-made mixes, loads of butter, artificial ingredients, high-sodium canned food, etc. YUCK. Dissatisfied, I decided to start creating my own, healthy slow cooker recipes using mainly all-natural ingredients. I embraced a paleo diet and a couple of months later I had dropped all that wedding weight but more importantly I was dedicated to my new lifestyle.
A couple of years ago the husband started competing in triathlons and we went even further with our healthy eating and started Whole30. To date we both of have completed several rounds. These days we eat a combo of whole30, paleo, low carb, keto, etc. It really depends on the day.
I love developing my own recipes and showing people healthy cooking can taste good. People, cookbooks, blogs, Pinterest, Instagram…I find there is constant food inspiration in my life. I hope to encourage the same enthusiasm in you.