Karen’s eleven resolutions

It’s that time of the year to make a real effort to eat healthier, perhaps with weight loss in mind, and to renew my efforts at exercising more consistently. I am going to try to greatly minimize all processed foods and eat only foods that are real foods, foods that I could make myself or do make myself and contain real ingredients. Examples of things that I don’t consider to be real foods are cool whip, coffee whiteners, processed cheese spread. I have always tried to avoid foods that haven’t been around long enough to know what harm they will cause us long term. I have used this rule to justify avoiding margarine or butter substitutes. I am sticking with the real thing and am not going to feel bad about enjoying a slice of French bread right out of the oven and adding a bit of butter to it. As I am writing this, I have 2 loaves of French bread rising in the oven. I have been using the directions and recipe found at http://steamykitchen.com/75-baking-the-perfect-loaf-of-french-bread.html.
I have used the hand knead method outlined in the recipe as well as the stand mixer version and both have been delicious. It really is a perfect loaf of French bread. It requires so few ingredients and nothing makes a kitchen smell better than bread baking in the oven.
For 2011 I am going to try to list eleven items that I will work on to make for a healthier me and a healthier planet.
Here goes:
1. Eat local food whenever possible
2. Shop at local farmers markets
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables, this might be aimed at other family members more than me, but I want everyone to be healthier!
4. Carry reusable grocery bags in my car at all times and avoid purchasing foods that are over packaged and processed.
5. Add a bit of activity throughout my usual day (always take the stairs if less than 4 flights, park a bit farther from the door at shopping malls/grocery stores
6. Eat a little less meat each week, so work harder at finding universally pleasing vegetarian recipes
7. Add more weight lifting and running to my exercise routine
8. Start rowing again/exercising with friends
9. Search out new ethnic grocery stores to find new and unusual ingredients
10. Don’t forget to enjoy life, especially great food enjoyed with family and friends
11. Share healthy food with others
This blog is a way to share healthy living and food with others and I hope it will grow through 2011.

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