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Sorry this post is a week late – honestly if only there were some kind of technology that could take the words out of my head and transcribe them to the computer for me, I would have a couple books written by now. Now that is a million dollar idea!
Ok enough with the excuses, let get to it. You have seen me write many times about the importance of cooking food at home rather than ordering out - I even have it listed as one of my main strategies for losing weight. In fact, I would even go as far to say that learning to cook more foods at home is one of the cornerstones to a successful and sustainable weight loss.
However, cooking healthy homemade meals is easier said than done. Unfortunately, cooking nutritious meals with the goal of losing weight takes a lot more than substituting in light and low fat ingredients in recipes. In the past, because I fell victim to that mindset, I would get very frustrated trying to prepare meals that tasted good. With having such a difficult time creating tasty dishes I fell into the prepackaged diet freezer meal trap.
I remember filling my freezer with Lean Cuisines, Weight Watchers, and other frozen meals thinking that would fill the void of a home cooked meal. Well this eating style is only sustainable for so long. Sooner or later you will run out of diet meals.These meals are not very big and after awhile the cost of frequently purchasing them adds up. Not saying these diet meals don’t serve their purpose as a quick lunch once in awhile but it certainly is not realistic when trying to get your family on board with a healthier lifestyle – they need real food!
Learning to prepare healthy meals does take more effort than purchasing food from the freezer section – yes this is true. However, with a little time and the right tools you will learn to create a healthy lifestyle and lose weight eating delicious foods you love. If you are anything like me you will be shocked on the flavor and quantity of foods you can eat when you prepare the meals yourself. Excited yet?
To start cooking nutritious meals at home I suggest investing in a couple healthy cooking cookbooks. Of course, you don’t actually need to purchase them you could always take some out for free at your local library. These cookbooks will teach you how to prepare healthier meals at home. As you cook through the recipes you will begin to develop skills to create and adapt other recipes that your entire family with love.
There are hundreds of healthy eating cookbooks on the market. The ones I started with and still use today are from Weight Watchers and Cooking Light. I have found these cookbooks to provide the largest selection of family friendly recipes; nutritional, cooking, and food knowledge; healthy weight loss advice; and inspirational weight loss stories.
Here is a list of the cookbooks I use most often – some are really old but still do the trick.
I must add these because they have helped immensely with learning to use my slow cooker and bread machine.
If the thought of giving up your trusty convenience foods and cooking healthy meals from scratch is overwhelming; don’t worry I am not here to take things away and scare you. I would never do that. My advice, as with everything, is to start slow – baby steps ladies!
1. Acquire 1 to 2 healthy cooking cookbooks
2. Starting now cook at least 1-2 recipes a week from it. Increase that number as you go on.
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