Monday, January 12, 2009

The 2009 Cook Your Way To Good Health Plan

Based on my last blog posting I thought I should put my cooking where my mouth is.

I suggested we achieve our 2009 weight management goals by using home cooking instead of going on a depressing diet and depriving ourselves of food. I think cooking is the easiest way to manage weight because it’s not complicated and you get to eat food you actually like. So I’ve decided to make this the year I take it upon myself to lead us all on this flavorful calorie conscious cooking crusade. The goals are simple.

Be healthier - by eating tastier nutritious dishes
Be happier - by putting the excitement back in cooking and feeling great about what we eat.
Be wealthier both financially (by spending less on take-out and pre-packaged meals) and personally (since we’re sure to discover new recipes and cooking tricks along the way).

I don’t propose we completely remove take-out or pre-packaged meals from our diet, because that’s way too hard and not much fun. I propose we use them as treats for when we need a break from cooking or for back-up situations when our cooking intentions don’t go as planned.

Before we set out on this cooking adventure, there are a few things we need to do.

First…we have to kiss the notion of dieting good-bye - because under no circumstance will we consider our cooking quest a downer diet…because diets stink.

Second…if you’re going to put in this little bit of extra effort, you may as well have a personal goal. It could be you want to maintain your current weight, lose a few pounds, learn new recipes or save some money. Up to you.
Mine is to drop about 5 to 10 lbs. To put something at stake I signed up for two endurance races later in the year. If I don’t hit my goal that extra poundage will certainly make my races extra grueling as one of them is on a very hilly course.
What’s your personal goal? Write it down.

Third… we have to be ready to cook like the wind. Well not really. We'll just intend to cook guilt-free dishes more often than we rely on fatty ready-made products. To achieve this we’ll remind ourselves each week of our intent and then draw up a weekly meal plan to follow. It should only take about twenty minutes on the weekend to put it together.
I’ll share mine each week so you can see what I intend to cook.

Finally…we are going to need some motivation to overcome those days when we have the cooking blues and don’t feel like prepping a meal. There’s nothing better than a good tune to lift your spirits and de-stress your mind, so we'll use our favorite music as our “secret ingredient” when it comes to getting fired up in the kitchen.
Keep you’re your ipods, clock radios, mp3 players, stereos or even your own singing voices ready to go, because they’re going move, groove and inspire you!

To make this even easier I’m going to do my part by sharing recipes on my blog and website (both from my book and new ones I may use in my next book). It’ll give us a base of recipes to work from and it’s the least I can do to get us on the right cooking track. I’ll also provide as many tips as I can to save time and put us in the right cooking mood. In the next month I'll set something up so we can keep each other posted on our progress and share as many materials and tips as we can to make preparing meals easier. Stay tuned!

So, are you ready to be part of the experience! Send me an e-mail and let me know if you want to join in. We’ll do it together one dish (and song) at a time. Give it a spin and see what happens!


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