Motivate Me Day Two Tip:
COOK AT HOME AND CONTROL IS YOURS
I was the shoemaker’s child running around without any shoes on. My mom was a caterer for many years, but I could not cook. I even once managed to burn canned corn. That all changed when I got married. In order to be a “good wife”, I learned the tricks of the trade. Since I had no previous concept of how to make a meal, I learned to cook healthy meals from the get go.
When you depend on restaurants and other outside sources for your meals, it’s hard to know what’s going into your meals. I read in a recent Fitness magazine article that a woman dropped eight pounds in one month: she lost her job and in order to save money, she stopped eating out and made all her meals at home. Not only did her bank account grow, her waistline shrank!
Over the past year especially I’ve noticed how when I make dinner, both Hans and I benefit: he’s even lost weight since we got married in 2006! See – not all married people gain weight!
Here are some of my cooking at home tips:
- My favorite cooking methods: saute it , steam it, grill it, bake it, microwave it.
- The frozen veggie section of your grocery store should be your best friend. Load up on veggies whenever possible.
- Use fat-free milk or 1% milk instead of whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk.
- Keep an eye out for “low sodium” options whenever possible.
- Choose whole grains whenever possible.
My favorite websites for great recipes: