Well here we are again at the beginning of a brand new year, 2012 is here! Have you made any New Year resolutions? It’s the perfect time to think about any changes you might want to make to become a healthier, happier, better you! I had a few broad goals in mind when thinking about the changes I wanted to make for myself in the New Year. Here is my list: eat healthier, exercise more, meet new people and try new things. I decided to start with one goal first and then work my way through the rest of the list.
I have made the resolution to eat healthier every year for the past few years. Somewhere along the line I would always give up thinking it was too difficult because of junk food cravings and too time-consuming to prepare meals at home. However this year I was serious about this change and found that tackling the first item on my list was actually much easier and more enjoyable than I had anticipated.
I already started putting the first of my resolutions into practice a couple of months before the New Year began, so I’m committed to it now. I started slowly by first keeping track of what I was eating in a normal day and then thinking about what changes I could make to my diet. I realized I was eating way too much fast food, and drinking too much soda. My next step was to reduce the amount of fast food and soda in my diet. I decided to start cooking more meals at home and start taking a packed lunch to work. Preparing my meals at home help me eat healthy and save money! I dumped the soda for water and incorporated more fruit and veggie snacks into my diet in place of chips, cookies and other unhealthy junk food I was eating before.
One of the things that has really helped me keep my junk food cravings under control is finding healthier alternative recipes for foods I love, like pizza and brownies. Here are a couple of links to blogs with recipes I have been using to help quash those cravings:
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Black Bean Brownies
Another thing I have been doing is allowing myself some of those junk food items, but in moderation. The point isn’t to deny myself completely, but to train myself to eat better on a regular basis. I find that since I started working on eating better I don’t really crave those items as much, and when I do allow myself to eat or drink them they do feel like a special treat instead of a regular part of my diet.
Here are a few cookbooks that I have been using to find ways to make healthier meals at home:
Click on the books to see their availability at the Library and to place them on hold.
Here are a couple of new cookbooks that I currently have holds on and am eagerly awaiting their arrival:
If you are interested in the Happy Herbivore cookbook there is also a website with a blog by the author and a list of recipes for you to take a look at:
Happy Herbivore Recipes
You can also check out the Taste of Home website to find great recipes.
The Alameda County Library has a wonderful collection of cookbooks here. You can refine the search by adding terms like any of the following:
healthy, low-carb, gluten-free, diabetic, vegetarian and vegan, .
If losing weight or eating healthier is on your resolution list keep in mind that it’s extremely important to make sure you are eating the right amount of calories and getting the proper nutrition when making any changes to your daily diet. Also, remember that making some small changes initially will help you transition into better eating habits long term.
So far the first of my resolutions is sticking, now it’s time to start working on resolution number 2: exercising more. Wish me luck, and good luck to all of you who are setting out to accomplish new goals this year!
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