Monday, October 04, 2010
Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!
Have you read any of the “Eat This Not That” books?
Have you heard about the series of books by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, titled “Eat This Not That?” David is the editor-in-chef and Matt is the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health Magazine.
When they first came out I found myself paging through one of the books in a bookstore. At that time I just didn’t think it was anything to get too excited about. Nice glossy photos with not a lot of content on each page. It seemed like basic information one could find in any monthly health magazine.
So what possessed me to order several of them last winter, I’m not sure. During the winter I tend to spend too much time on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble. And it’s the time of year that I think more about losing weight but don’t actually do too much of it. I justified ordering these books because I thought that my husband could learn a bit about nutrition and eating and that we could help each other.
Eat This Not That – Supermarket Survival Guide
Eat This Not That – New 2010 Edition
Eat This Not That – Restaurant Survival Guide
And what would become my favorite in the series:
Cook This Not That – Kitchen Survival Guide - The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
What I like most about this series is that I can pick up a book, look at it for several minutes, read a short excerpt, and realize that I did learn something.
Upon opening a book, on the left side is the “Eat This” and on the right side is the “Not That!” for each category. For instance: Tortillas, Pitas and Wraps…I get information as to why I should choose one type, not necessarily one brand over another…
Here’s a sample from the “Eat This” side:
“Mission White Corn Tortillas- always trump flour tortillas. That’s because they’re made with whole grain corn and little else.”
The Supermarket Survival Guide is a real help when trying to pick the healthiest version of a food. Nice layout, and the glossy pictures do draw me in. I’ve been tempted to take it with me to the grocery store. So far, I’ve just added foods it suggests to my weekly grocery list.
I love the “Cook This Not That” book. It’s my favorite in the series.
It takes a favorite restaurant recipe and makes it healthier and for less money, too!
This follows one of my favorite premises: If you make it at home, you know what you put into it!
There are chapters on Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, Off the Grill, Pasta, American Classics, Sides, Snacks & Sauces, Desserts & Drinks.
There are many recipes each with a color photo, here are some of them: Dr Pepper Ribs, Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Pork & Peaches, French Onion Soup, Mini Pizzas- 3 Ways, Artichoke Dip, French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon & Caramelized Bananas, Caprese Tomato Towers, Patty Melt, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Chicken Marsala, Crispy Apple Turnover, and Chocolate Chip Cookies…just to name a few.
It gets you cooking and baking at home, making real food that’s healthier and more satisfying.
You can check these books out at your local library and then invest in the ones you think you will use.
They are little books with lots of good information in them!
Healthy Cooking and Happy Eating!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
5 Reasons or Benefits for Eating Slower
I am still having a hard time slowing down when I eat. It’s always been like I have to hurry up and go somewhere or do something. Why is it such a challenge for me? I’ve tried “eating mindfully.” I keep reading articles on the subject, hoping for new insight. Here are some of the main points from an article I have recently read. I want to savor and digest this information. It’s the one habit that I continue to struggle with daily.
1. Lose some weight. Several studies confirm that just by eating slower, a person will consume fewer calories. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. If a person is looking to lose weight, eating slowly should be a part of their new lifestyle.
2. Enjoy your food more. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. If you eat your food slowly you’ll be able to taste and savor it more. I think people are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by eating slowly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing you do rushed, between stressful events.
3. Enjoy better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to do in your stomach. This can help lead to fewer digestive problems.
4. Lessen your stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mindfulness. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you have to do next. When you eat, you should eat. This kind of mindfulness, can lead to a less stressful life and more pleasure and happiness.
5. Limiting “Fast Food;” cook and eat at home. Life is hectic, fast-paced and stressful. This leads to choosing to eat “Fast Food,” and eating it quickly. This lifestyle is making us unhealthy, stressing us out, and leaving us unhappy in the end. We rush through our day, from one task to the next, without taking the time to really live, to enjoy life, to truly be human. It’s not helping us! Vow to eat “Fast Food” occasionally, not daily. Better yet, cook your own food at home; and stop and smell the roses!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
The 7 Secrets of Slim People
Several years ago I bought the book titled: “The 7 Secrets of Slim People.”
I hoped that by reading this book I would learn the ‘secrets’ to getting and staying thin.
I reasoned that if I acted like a thin person, I might become one. I already knew at that point that dieting doesn’t work – or at least, it doesn’t work for me! I was really looking for a saner way to lose the weight.
Well, reading the book didn’t change me – probably because I didn’t incorporate these “secrets” into a sustainable lifestyle. I just read the words on the pages and agreed that they made sense, they sounded good and they should help a person become thin.
So, today I pulled that book out again.
And today, the words seem to make more sense to me...especially after 3+ months of tracking my food and exercise, of reading articles daily on health and just changing my mindset to embrace the idea that it WILL take a lifestyle change in order for me to get healthier and stay that way.
I will read this book again. Only this time I will let each secret and each chapter sink in. Because this time, I want to start believing that I can become a slim person…now and not just someday in the future. This is my next personal challenge…to read this book and do the writing exercises.
I’d like to just share a list of those secrets with you today…if they get you thinking too, great! The book goes into way more detail on each secret and offers a lot of practical advice. It dedicates a week to each secret with some hands-on exercises that one can do to really make this material become part of a lifestyle.
Secret # 1. Listen to Your Body, Not Your Mind
Secret # 2. Eat With Awareness and Without Judgment
Secret # 3. Eat Only When You are Physically Hungry
Secret # 4. Stop Eating When You are Satisfied, Not Full
Secret # 5. Eat What You Want Most
Secret # 6. Notice How Your Body Feels After Eating
Secret # 7. Honor Your Feelings; Don’t Bury Them Under Food
From: The 7 Secrets of Slim People – by Vikki Hansen, M.S.W. & Shawn Goodman
Friday, October 01, 2010
A Super Big Thank You to ALL My Spark Friends!
I just wanted to “Thank” all of you for the support and encouragement you gave me this last week as I undertook my fitness challenge.
You kept me accountable.
I was able to do this because you believed that I could.
You probably believed more in me than I did in myself at times.
But you got me to keep going and so now I do believe that I can do this.
I can do something each day to move towards my goals of getting and staying healthier with exercise.
I don’t have my famous excuse anymore.
The Minnesota weather.
Recap on weight loss. I don’t weigh and record until Monday. But I did weigh myself last Friday morning before I started and I did weigh myself again today. The scale shows a loss of .7 of a pound. I’ll take it!
Thanks again and have a very nice weekend!
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