Get the SparkPeople cookbook! I did SparkPeople once before, but second time round I've been sooo much more successful, because I bought the cookbook. So now I have a structure. I thought it was very good value for money because, as well as the recipes, there is lots of information about how to eat right- I thought I knew what to do already, but the book made it so much clearer- especially the stuff on what to eat so you feel full, and how to eat healthily without eating boring, bland foods. My husband loves Chef Meg's Spark cookbook recipes- so they must be nice (he's really fussy!)
head to your local library to see what kind of a cookbook selection they have. they will let you try any cookbook they have before you buy it. that way you can find some chefs or authors or restaurants that you already like so you can build up your selection of recipes and get an idea of what cookbooks you want to shell out money on. and anything that doesn't already have the nutrition info in the book you can enter into sparkrecipes.com to get the info. also, start reading pretty much anything in the articles section. there is a vast store of information there on nutrients and foods and breakdowns.
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Spark actually has a cookbook that I've heard is pretty good, I don't have it though...I think you can purchase it online or at stores like Target. There is also a sparkrecipes app you can download to your phone for free, it's a separate app than the sparkpeople app is.
A healthy cookbook author I like is Ellie Krieger. She has a few cookbooks and used to have a show on Food Network, so a lot of her recipes are available on foodnetwork.com... I got my mom "The Food You Crave" and I have "Comfort Food Fix". She basically takes the recipes everyone loves, and "healthifies" them without using a lot of artificial or weird ingredients. Everything I've made from her is delicious. Her turkey meatballs are a staple for me (and she includes them WITH pasta). Also all the nutrition information is listed with each recipe. Her books are available in stores but you can also order from amazon.com (they have a free phone app). I got Comfort Food Fix used off there for $5 plus $3 for shipping. You can also check out the library to see if they're available there.
Also another vote for www.skinnytaste.com. You should be able to access from your phone.
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Most people could eat junk food all day long, because they taste good! Our bodies give us initial positive feedback when we give it quick digesting calories full of simple carbs, which only makes us want them more. Genetics are against us!
But to maintain health, we obviously need nutrition and vitamins and all that jazz.
Don't try to change everything at once. Focus on maybe one thing per week to either add, remove, limit, or change in your diet so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.
Pasta is fine, limit yourself to a single serving of pasta with a tomato-based sauce, and have a large serving of vegetables with it (I usually pair penne pasta and marinara sauce with either steamed or lightly sauteed asparagus, onion, mushroom and spinach.)
Pick 4 of your favorite vegetables like peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, etc and buy some fresh for the week. Wash and slice, and keep them in the fridge for quick grabs for snacks, or toss into the pan with some soy sauce for a simple stir fry over rice.
If you're drinking lots of sodas, lemonades, or other sugary drinks, try switching to seltzer water, home-made iced tea or lemonade, or even just herbal tea. Many seltzer water brands contain no sugar (or sweetener of any kind), but can give you the fizzy carbonated feeling. Add a bit of fresh fruit, lime or lemon juice, or even a herbal tea bag to the water for a bit of flavor.
There are lots of articles here on Spark for making changes to your diet. Just be sure that you don't overwhelm yourself so much you can't keep it up and you fall back to your established habits.
All the best!
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Also SP has a recipe app that is really helpful. I think it's called SparkRecipes. Apps are much easier then going to the actual websites, especially if you're on a tablet or cell phone.
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Do you have a smartphone? Download the app "Pinterest." SO many fantastic, wonderful recipes.
Also, skinnytaste.com has some great recipes. I follow her on Pinterest so I get the best of both worlds :)
I am the type of person that likes to learn but doesn't know where to begin. I have sparkpeople, but I have my cell phone and tablet at home and am not willing to purchase a laptop until I can save up the money. Point being is it's hard doing research on either of these devices. I really need a makeover on my eating habits and cookbooks. I could eat junkfood all day. I love pastas of any kind but realize that their typically isn't much nutritional value in the things that I am eating. What are some things that are easy to eat, have nutritional value, or where can I go to start learning about healthy food choices.
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