I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend. I FINALLY put away Christmas for another year, BUT the goodies still linger on. HAVE you finished eating all the yummy cakes, candies, cookies, and chocolates?
I know I had my fair share of these tasty delights, but now that we are in our second week of January it should be time to think about a new routine for staying fit. As you all know I keep a very WATCHFUL eye on myself and I CARE about ALL of you! Writers in general tend to sit for hours on end, pop anything within our reach into our mouths mindlessly, and drink caffeine of different varieties. NOT the healthiest things to do!
As many of you know, and I have posted this on several occasions, that we need to MOVE. We need to eat fresh, healthy snacks .... fruits, nuts, greek yogurt ... just to name a few. It's amazing how many tasty options there are that ARE healthy. And with a bit of planning you can work all those hours and munch the day away without it turning into unwanted weight. Why eat junk food? Yes, it tastes great, BUT chemicals added into these foods make us CRAVE them all the more and become junk food addicts.
What I want you to do is READ THE LABELS. CUT OUT processed foods! THEY are loaded with chemicals, sodium, sugar, and God only knows what else. These foods are VERY difficult for our bodies to digest. So why eat them?
I know how hard it is... I LOVE sweets and decided I needed to come up with a creative way to eat what I like, yet not have to worry about regaining any of the weight I had lost. So there is one concept I have come up with ....
This past holiday season I have begun baking again, but this time CHANGING recipes. First I am now using organic unbleached flour, butter, and eggs. Organic sugar some from natural cane and another from coconuts. Fresh cranberries, organic pumpkin, organic dried fruits and nuts. Yes, these are a bit more expensive, but isn't our health and the health of our families worth it? Now you can do a bit of substitution if you want to save some money. Eggs, can be natural without the organic label. If they are free range and the birds eat grains fine ... read the labels. The same with other ingredients... as long as they are not OVERLY processed they will work fine. But organic is still the best. You can mix organic with natural.
It's amazing how DELICIOUS these same recipes are with LESS sugar added and natural ingredients. You actually TASTE the pumpkin, nuts, and fruits, not just getting hit over the head with a sugar high. Same with using chocolate. BUY bittersweet or baker's chocolate squares with no sugar. You don't need the added sugar. And surprisingly it doesn't take that long to bake. Last night I had decided to whip up a batch of biscotti cookies. I LOVE them. I made a double recipe in about an hour. These cookies will last me at least two weeks. By adding additional anise and almond extract to the recipe, the taste is so amazing. I cut the sugar by almost half of what the recipe called for. And the result is a crunchy and tasty treat with your morning coffee. You feel satisfied and not deprived.
It is the ultimate "un-guilty" pleasure. So if you are CRAVING sweets. Change your favorite recipe by cutting the sugar, and adding natural ingredients. Vanilla extract and almond extract are amazing to add to almost anything. UP the level to add more flavor. IT really works. And after you try it, PLEASE let me know!
If ANY of you want the recipe for my biscotti, let me know and I will email it to you. I would post it, but it will take up too much of the post. This is just one way to fight your craving and still enjoy eating.
Now for the movement section. Since many of us live in the north and the weather is FREEZING, we tend to hibernate. This is NOT good. During writing binges, every few hours or so get up stretch and run up and down the stairs a dozen or so times. This will get your heart rate up and you will feel great. No stairs .... take a jog around the inside of your house. No, I am not crazy. Just do it. Run lightly into every room and pad around the couch, around the dining room table, around the bed... If you can manage to do this for fifteen to twenty minutes two or three times a day, you will benefit. We MUST keep as active as we can.
Another thing you can do is snap on the stereo and DANCE... It's fun AND it will certainly get your right rate up. GRAB your spouse or partner and have some FUN... or jump around with the kids. They will LOVE IT!!!
SO there you have a new tip for 2013... Time to alter those favorite recipes and make them more healthy and HAVE some fun moving about between writing marathons. It's good to clear the cobwebs an toxins from the body. You writing will certainly improve and so will your disposition ... LOL.
Have a GREAT MONDAY everyone! And don't forget to let me know if you would like me to send you my fantastic biscotti recipe!