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Healthy Cooking Challenge Week 2

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I am in week 2 of SP Healthy Cooking Challenge. I started the challenge to get myself motivated. So far, this has been a relatively easy challenge. I already follow some of the recommendations, but it is helpful to be conscious of what I am doing (and why) and I do enjoy the tips.

Week 2 Action Plan:
1. "Pick at least two time-saving shopping techniques or recipes....." I will maintain a grocery shopping list and try one new recipe from the SP recipes (Thursday I will try a new chicken recipe).

2. "Cooking several servings of one or two meals for the week can help you eat healthy even on days you don't have time to cook." Sunday & Monday were not good days to batch cook as I live in New England and we were under alert for power outages due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, the storm is over or us and I am home from work today. I will make a batch of steel-cut oats to eat for breakfasts for the rest of the week.

3. "A few key appliances or gadgets can make healthy cooking easier. Find out which tools can save you the most time in the kitchen." I have a lot of gadgets. I love my slow cooker, food processor, and blender. After reading some of the comments/suggestions from other members, I am considering getting a rice cooker. I had wanted one, but I thought they were expensive. I checked Amazon and it looks like I can easily get one for less than $35. I will make this a reward.

Rewards: I stay motivated best when I set up reward for myself.
1. Last week I followed the action steps and I logged all food for the week, so I rewarded myself with "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet" by Stepfanie Romine. I read about this on SP blog and it was only $2.99 to download this to my Nook.

2. After completing week 2 of the Healthy Cooking Challenge and recording my foods every day this week, I will order a rice cooker.

Longer term goal:
After completing the full four-week Health Cooking Challenge AND recording all foods everyday for the full month, I plan to reward myself with a FitBit......although I am still checking out the FitBit to see if it is a good investment. It is kind of expensive. I could wait and make it a reward later, but I am thinking this is a helpful gadget in reaching my goals. Will it help motivate me? Is it accurate enough?
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SIOBHANKNITS 10/30/2012 11:45AM

    I don't have one, but I noticed there's a team on SP of FitBit users. I bet if you joined them and posted your questions on their message boards you could learn a lot.

We're spoiled by having a fancy rice cooker (Zojirushi) and love it!

As I don't mind eating the same thing for several days, I try to prepare larger quantities of food to have over several days. In the cooler weather I do lots of soup this way.

I didn't know about that vegan recipe book. How is it?

Thanks for a great blog! A good reminder to me to reward myself!
~Ann

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