Task #3: Plan Your Meals
If you don’t want life to get in the way of your good-eating intentions, you have to anticipate and outsmart obstacles: namely, high-cal fatty foods that seem to be lurking around every corner. One way to do this is to plan what you eat in advance.
Tried-and-True: Curl up with this issue, a stack of cookbooks and a cup of tea, tag your favorite recipes and jot down the ingredients you need for the week and some healthy snacks to have on hand.
New tools: Log into EatingWell’s Interactive Menu Planner to drag and drop your favorite recipes, plus healthy snacks, into a weekly grid that calculates calories (and other nutrients, including saturated fat, fiber and sodium!) and creates a shopping list. Check out Kitchen Monki, a website where you can store your favorite recipes (and find new ones), make a weekly meal plan and then generate a shopping list from the recipes you’ll be making. It also allows you to designate different locations for buying the ingredients (e.g., spices at the supermarket, produce at the co-op) and send your shopping lists to your cell phone. The SnackApp for the iPhone offers hundreds of ideas for snacks that are 50, 100 and 200 calories. Search by your craving (e.g., salty, sweet, crunchy) or pick the Surprise Me! option.
Task #4: Keep an Eye on Size »