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Monday, January 14 2013

I've added another New Year's resolution to my list since last week. Not only will I try to exercise more and eat better by adding fruits and vegetables to my meals, but I plan to try one new cookie recipe a week. Now I realize cookies and healthy eating don't really go hand-in-hand, but I'm trying for a well-rounded, balanced diet, and there must be room for cookies in there somewhere if I look hard enough.

 

The idea came to mind when I received Joanna Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook for Christmas. First off, what a genius idea to put all the recipes from her mystery books into a single cookbook. I like to pass my books along or donate them when I finish reading them, but I found myself keeping a few of her mysteries strictly for the handful of recipes in the back. It's so much better to have a single book taking up room on my bookshelf.

 

And what's in the Lake Eden Cookbook? Cookie recipes. Lots of cookie recipes (as well as cakes and candies and a few other things). While reading through all the different types of cookies, I had to ask myself if it was better to sit around drooling over these recipes without actually trying them or if I should break down and whip up a batch. Considering how much my kids like cookies, the answer seemed obvious. I mean, how many cookies would I possibly get to eat anyway before my kids and husband gobbled them up? Two? Three?

 

So I'm going to start with the Short Stack Cookies. The intro describes them as tasting just like pancakes with butter and syrup poured on top. My expectations are ridiculously high. If they really do taste like pancakes, I might start eating cookies for breakfast. After that, it's vegetables and heart-healthy foods for the rest of the day. Until it's time for dessert, that is.

Posted by: Staci McLaughlin AT 11:30 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, January 07 2013

A new year always signals the start of new opportunities. Sure, the first day of January isn't all that different from the last day of December or the second day of May or any other day of the year, but for some reason, January 1st seems like the perfect time to kick bad habits and start good ones. As with previous years, I've vowed to exercise more and eat better. Each year, I improve a little bit, so maybe in another ten or fifteen years, I'll finally reach my goal.

 

This year, I'm more focused than usual on how I want to change my eating habits. I tend to eat a healthy breakfast and fairly decent lunch or dinner, but I'm seriously lacking in one respect: fruits and vegetables. I eat hardly any. Sure, I cook casseroles with peas mixed in or soup with carrots and celery, but that's only a few times a week, not every day.  The old recommendation from the experts was to eat five servings a day of either fruits or vegetables, and now they've decided five isn't nearly enough.  Up to thirteen servings is needed to get all those vitamins and minerals that provide optimal health. Thirteen? Eek! How can I possibly get that many servings into a single day?

 

Maybe the next time I'm at the grocery store, I should stop and study the vegetables piled up high on their stands or laid out in rows for easy grabbing, instead of shoving the cart straight past on my way to the cheese section. Maybe I should stop rushing through the side dish sections in my cooking magazines and actually study the recipes. I might find one I like. It's time to change priorities. Man cannot live on protein and starches alone (well, technically he can, but it's not always a good idea).

 

And what about that pesky exercise? Will this be the year I finally reach five days a week? I started out with a bang this year, exercising two days in a row, eager to stay on track. But then I was sore on the third day and decided to skip working out until I felt better. Now, here I sit on the couch, covered in a nice warm blanket, and exercising seems like the least appealing thing in the world. But I will fight the laziness! I will rise up and do some stretches! In a while. After my TV show's over. And then it's back to keeping my resolutions!

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