It's 2018 and I want to share a little news with you about Happy Belly Life.
Happy Belly Life will turn two years old this year! In 2017 Happy Belly Life experienced an official name change with the county of Monroe in New York State.
We changed from Happy Belly Nutrition to Happy Belly Life. We did this because we felt a little bit restricted branding ourselves exclusively in nutrition. Nutrition is excellent and of course important, but nutrition is also just one small piece of the whole health puzzle. Beginning this year, we are broadening our services to involve programs that encourage members to apply what they learn about nutrition and healthy eating.
The first of these programs is Healthnut.
Healthnut is a community-based, subscription meal plan program in which we will release one new 5-day meal plan on the first day of each calendar month. Each meal plan will provide 7-8 seasonally-based recipes, a grocery list, a schedule for batch-cooking the recipes during the week, and a schedule for what to eat and when.
Most importantly, the Healthnut meal plans will provide community and learning.
When you join Healthnut, you will be invited to join our private online discussion forum. You will also have access to our recipe-builder and meal-planner worksheets, which provide guidance to help you create your own recipes and meal plans, based on the 5-day meal plan that we'll give you.
I will be present in the discussion forums regularly, as will be my invaluable recipe-creators. The forums will be a place for all Healthnut members to pose questions directly to me, my recipe-creators, and all other Healthnut members. We can share questions and ideas about nutrition, ingredients, cooking techniques, kitchen tools, meal planning, and much more. The online community will also serve as a place of inspiration, motivation and celebration!
Finally, I want to share with you one last detail about Healthnut.
Healthnut provides one new 5-day meal plan every four weeks. We did this intentionally. First of all, I can't meal prep and cook every week of the month...and food is my business! So how can I expect anyone else to meal prep and cook every week? I get overwhelmed when too many things are tossed my way at once - for example 1000's of recipes and 100's of meal plans - how do I manage that!?
Healthnut is designed to not overwhelm you. Rather than throw 1000's of ideas at you at once, Healthnut will give you just the right amount of useful information, and time to apply it at your own pace. While we hope you will cook at home more than just one week out of the month, we don't want you to feel like you have to. If you cook healthy foods at home one week out of four, I say that's something to be proud of! And if you can do that once, then you can do that twelve times in a year ;)
We want cooking to be fun and enjoyable. If it feels overwhelming, it probably won't be much fun. And if you have to do it alone, it probably won't be much fun either. So, we'll do it together, one week, one month, at a time. We want you to feel a sense of accomplishment for the effort you will put into planning and cooking healthy foods. And we want you to really revel in those feelings of success, joy and relief that you'll experience when you come home after a busy day and you already have a healthy dinner waiting for you, ready to eat, t