Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Excellent Recipes in Jan/Feb Magazines

I have been catching up on my reading, and wanted to let you all know that there are some great recipes in several of this month's magazines. You can find these mags at our library if you would prefer not to purchase them. The first one I want to write about is the February issue of Real Simple, which has a number of recipes in an article called Classic Comfort Foods made Healthy. What I think is particularly great is that on page 191, the mag has included a nutritional index for a serving of each of its recipes, and they make for pretty healthy suppers or lunches, if that is your primary meal. They also are fairly simple to prepare. You can find additional recipes on line at

The magazine also has a pretty good article that reiterates much of our class materials on getting back to the basics and eating better, rather than dieting, per se. Along this line, I also read a weblog called Zen Habits, and earlier this week it had a guest article on eating more simply. The link to that article is
It is written by the author of Modern Forager
When you have some spare time, navigate these blogs for anything that might inspire you.

Now back to magazines...this month's (January) Sunset Magazine also has a number of good recipes, across several articles, for yummy winter comfort foods. Each recipe also has nutritional content per serving at the end of the recipes. There is also a nice article called "Your A to Z Guide Feel-good Foods for 2009" that has great suggestions for new items to integrate into your diet. As I try these recipes, I will load my feedback on the recipe page. If you have spotted a great recipe recently, please share it!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trigger Foods

Trigger foods are a touchy issue around dieting. They are foods that you crave when you are stressed or multi-tasking or not paying attention and when you start to eat them, you cannot stop. My trigger food is Crunchy Cheetos (the nuclear orange colored ones.) When I am working on a work related problem or a financial issue, I need something crunchy, and if they are around the house I will reach for the Cheetos and before I know it, a whole bag is gone. In reality I will hunt for any crunchy salty snack when I am in one of these craving moods--so beware Wheat Thins, Tortilla Chips or Popcorn. I am coming. Of course, I feel horrible afterwards. So I don't buy any of that stuff any more. You cannot find it in my house. What are your trigger foods and how do you manage your craviings?