Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ask the Internet: How Are You Changing Your Eating Habits?

Sweet readers! How have you been? We're slowly approaching full-swing mode here at CHG, and should resume our regularly scheduled program soon. (As it turns out, new marriage + new pet + new job as Food Editor of Grandparents.com + new apartment + holidays in three different, non-adjacent states = not conducive to blogging.)

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In the meantime, I'd love to hear from you on this lovely question:

Q: How are you changing your eating habits for 2011? Will you be cooking more? Buying less processed food? Going on an Monte Cristo binge for the entire month of February? (*coughs* *raises hand*) Do tell.

A: Personally, the year will begin with a massive effort to re-normalize my relationship with food. My all-cake diet will come to an end. I'll resume eating vegetables again. The bajillion dollars I've been blowing on office lunches will dwindle down to zip.

After that ... I'm not sure. Maybe I'll try some crazy bean recipes? Or work with the slow cooker a bit more often? Or just drink. That works.

How about you guys? The comment section, she is open.

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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32 comments:

Sally said...

I just realized that there's nothing I want to change right now! That's a pleasant surprise.

Liz Tee said...

Me too! My first goal is to get back to where I was pre-Thanksgiving. Then comes the reevaluation and tweaking. I definitely need to up my veggie intake as well.

Erin said...

Le sigh. Me too. Giving up on the All Cake diet. And I'll be breaking up with sugar again; we'd had some time apart and we tried to be friends, and it was the holidays after all, and sugar promised things would be different this time. But NOPE. I let sugar move back in and three days later I'm stuffing raw marshmallows into my piehole straight from the cupboard. Oh hey, TMI.
x

Marcie said...

My goals are currently to eat meat no more than 3 times a week and eat a sweet treat only 1-2 times per week. I'd also like to stray away from processed carbs and focus on smaller portions.

I definitely went too far with the baking and eating this holiday season, so I have a lot of work to do!

Adrienne said...

Well, like everyone else, I'm coming off the holiday food craziness which for me tended to be the Chocolate and Cheese diet. But what I'd really like to work on this coming year is the "cheap" part- I do pretty well with the healthy and good much of the time, but I need to focus more on being frugal. Like, if it's $2 for a single red pepper, maybe I don't need to eat red pepper this week. I'm having a hard time reconciling the idea of wanting to spend $X per week with the idea of wanting to get what looks fresh and good in the store, esp. with produce.

Elle said...

in college, i cooked for myself and ate almost all vegetarian, and i loved it! since graduating, i've joined the ranks of people moving home and i've been eating my mother's cooking for the last seven months. my mom is a great cook, but i'm moving soon and i'm excited to increase my consumption of veggies and whole grains.

towards this goal, i'm commiting to eating vegetarian four days of the week. maybe i'll make one of those days a vegan day? le gasp! who knows?

Autumn said...

I'm working on cooking more asian dishes. Partially cause they use more veggies so I can use up the produce I was seduced by at the store, and I'm just not as good as it and I want a challenge.

I've been trying to eat oatmeal with yogurt and fruit for breakfast to see if it helps keep me less munchy during the day, and results are mixed so far. But computerized medical record break downs tend to require chocolate to fix them, since margaritas at 10AM are generally frowned upon at work

Alli said...

I'd like to up my meatless meals both in terms of making them healthier (right now my go-to is pasta) and encouraging the bf to try things like *gasp* veggie burgers and tofu. I also got a stand mixer and crockpot for Christmas, so my resolution is use those as often as possible!

Kristen | gezellig-girl.com said...

I took a class in US Agriculture History (yay, New School!) this past fall and it forced me to realize I can't, in good conscience, continue to buy factory-farmed meat without being haunted by the ghost of Wendell Berry (even though he is still alive, I'm pretty sure).

I'm also trying to get to the Greenmarket once a week year-round, and not just during the summer.

Michelle said...

I would like to get in another vegetarian meal each week. We have at least two but I would like to up that to three at a minimum. I would also like to learn to cook some Indian dishes. The long list of spices usually scares me off even though I have access to a good Indian shop.

Em Rohrer said...

I really want to find more creative ways to eat fruits and veggies in the winter. I have no problem with fresh produce intake during the spring, summer and fall months but in the wintertime the produce section makes me cringe.

A big goal for me this year is to eat more of and more varieties of leafy greens...cheers!

Kris said...

So many veggie resolutions here. Not unexpected, though, and I really dig how everyone seems to be going international.

@Erin: You are hilarious. :)

Anonymous said...

I would like to continue on my path of healthy eating and allow myself a treat without feeling mound and mountains of guilt!!!

Also staying consistent with my alloted food budget....buying seasonal fruits and veggies instead of crazy expensive tropical or wacky :)

Tiera said...

I'm going to drastically cut down on red meat. Eventually I'd like to give it up completely, but I'm taking it slow for now. No pressure.

I'm also going to cut back on eating white rice, which is a major staple here in HI. Never to eat it two days in a row.

chacha1 said...

I have made some substantial changes of 2009-2010, so *what* I am eating is not a matter of concern right now.

What I am shooting to adjust is how, when, and how much I am eating.

As in, adjusting from in front of the TV after 8 p.m. from a full-size plate, to at the table before 8 p.m. from a smaller plate.

Emily said...

I have to deal with cooking in college, therefore I have little time or resources to cook with fresh foods. So, I am going to make more of an effort to make foods that I can make a lot of and then freeze to enjoy at other times when I have less time so I do not eat peanut butter & jelly all the time.

I've started a new blog about my cooking and baking as a 19 year old college student. It would be great to get some followers! :)

Gigi Centaro said...

I will limit my sweets to one small treat a day.

ReadWriteGo said...

I'm going to finally cut back on cooking with butter, and plan on bringing lunch to work more often.

Anna said...

Well, I think I will share my veggies. I eat pretty well, but sometimes when I know the rest of the fam isn't interested, I just keep it ALL for myself.

My kids are enjoying jicama right now. I am putting mushrooms on my salads. More variety, more often.

Kat said...

I spent a lot of time over the past two years rebuilding my relationship with food, losing weight, getting healthy, and this year is about using food as fuel for my new fitness obsessions.

I eat lots of fruit now, but need to work on veggies - other than a big salad daily, I don't eat a lot of other veggies. Finding more meat alternatives my family of men will accept is also a priority.

GrowingRaw said...

It's back to high raw for me... I need the energy more than ever this year.

With all the work I tried to get done in 2010 I let my playfulness with my kids slip. I think they're starting to miss me, and I'm reminding myself that they're the reason I'm trying to build all these other projects anyway! Better to build slower, no point getting work finished then turning around and the kids have grown up.

Eating high raw helps me feel lighter about life. All that helps with the playfulness. Plus when I eat high raw the kids and the chooks also eat really, really well...

Dee Seiffer said...

Congrats on the new job!!!! Major changes in your life. How exciting.

I'm on the more veges bandwagon, too - having veges cut up and ready at all times, a pot of vege soup in the fridge, taking vege snack packs "to-go."

The holidays were a caloric marathon for me as well. The junk food is sent into exile until Holidays 2011.

Continuing to use only meat from local farmers and decreasing to 3 nights a week. Using more local fish (mollusks and the kind that swims) and at least one night of meatless.

I was on a couponing craze for a while, but ended up with too much processed food in the house. I'm being much pickier about what deals I jump on. Just because the Oreos are free doesn't mean they have to live in my pantry.

Jessie said...

Veggies of course (helped by your Campfire Chili recipe - LOVE) and eating the way I want my child to eat. He's just starting real food - as in anything that he can successfully gum - and he LOVES food. He's an adventurous eater with puree, and I want to continue to explore that with healthy, fun food that I get to eat too!

Heidi said...

My food resolution is to cut myself some slack. Here in the Pacific NW, it is ridiculously easy to eat seasonally and locally (as in, within 20 miles, not the usual 50-100.) I froze a lot of fruits and veg this summer, but these long winter months even affect us here in the land of plenty. And if my kids don't see a fresh piece of fruit for three months they forget they like it and I have to reintroduce it all over again (those of you with kids know how much fun that is...) So I'm buying the California organic raspberries ($3.50/half pint), the Hawaiian pineapple ($4.00), the - gasp - Texas grapefruit ($1.00 each), AND I'M NOT GOING TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT. Maybe I'm deluding myself that my good habits for the other three seasons make up for my selfishness during winter, but I'll take it if it means that my kids remember what a blueberry is.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could update the in season fruits and veggies? It's still on November.

Angela said...

Luckily, I did a lot of major changing in 2010, so in 2011, the goal is to maintain those efforts. But, with Adrienne on this one - trying to watch costs a bit more on the spending front!

Aryn said...

I was looking at my menu plan notebook this week and discovered I hadn't done a menu plan since mid-November, so I'm back in the swing of it now that we're in January.

Mariasolci said...

Go Gigi!! I think to some people having only one sweet treat per day still seems like a lot. But the banana bread that my husband baked on Sunday lasted a full three days! Not the usual 24 hours! And that is due to me only eating one slice per day!! High five : )

Anonymous said...

I'm cutting my consumption of bacon,egg and cheese sandwiches (on a roll) to once every two weeks.

Anonymous said...

We have a two-year-old daughter. Our goal for 2011 is to create meals that we can all enjoy together. We want to expose our little daughter to adventurous and healthy eating. Previously, I was making a dish for my husband and I and another whole separate (more simple) meal for the baby. I am exciting about the healthy options that Kris provides here! Thank you!

jess s said...

For the month of January, we are trying to do a budgeted healthy food project, where we eat $5/person/day without any of the traditional cheap foods that people expect - instant ramen, macaroni & cheese, frozen pizza. It's 100% vegetarian, and it has been a really rewarding experience so far, new recipes, old favorites, lots more focus on breakfast and healthy lunches. (You can read the whole project here) But I still don't know how this is going to fit into 2011. It's way too much work to do every month, but I would like to take a lot of the habits forward and practice things like eating from bulk bins, being excited about recipes & experimenting with new grains. Wish us luck!!

Arthur said...

I have been working on a low carb diet since November. I am not following a specific diet plan, but instead following the guidelines similar to Adkins and South Beach, but molding the diet so it works for me. Currently lost 15 pounds and counting, and feel great. I have noticed that on this diet you are forced to cook lots of fresh vegetables, fresh meat, fresh fish, and fresh eggs. I figure that cutting out all the pre-processed foods has helped me feel better as well.