Eat One Healthful Meal Each Week

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Eat healthier.

Well that sounds like a disastrous, unkeepable resolution if there ever was one. What does that even mean, eat healthier? What we eat is an amalgamation of our culture and time limitations and social obligations and preferences. We can always deny ourselves foods or force ourselves to eat a dish that doesn't really appeal at all, but changing what you crave is nearly impossible.

Instead of trying to overhaul all of your eating habits, why not focus on something manageable? Pick one day a week that you are going to have a healthful meal and stick with it. Make that day sacred. Prepare for it ahead of time by choosing a new recipe. Set aside time so you're not rushed and reach for something quick rather than your planned dish. Make sure you can get all the ingredients you need.

There are different ways you can go about this: either focus on the food or focus on missing nutrition.

Making the Food the Star

You could start by choosing one food item that is packed with nutrition and eat it at least once a week.

  • Catherine Morgan gave a run down of lentils recently, explaining how they can be added to your diet and how much you can benefit from them. Julie Godar included a lentil soup recipe in the Countdown to Soup Swap Day to get you started.
  • Kalyn focuses every week on a single ingredient or dish and gives you ideas on how to prepare it. Pick one that interests you -- black eyed peas or soup greens -- and start working your way down the recipe list.
  • Pick a vegetable such as broccoli and start cruising for recipes. Like this one. Or this one.

Choose a New Way to Eat

You could also look at your diet and see what is missing and then declare a single day of the week your catch-up time.

  • Instead of going vegan every day, eat vegan one day a week. You can take vegan cooking classes, and there are plenty of vegan blogs (with recipes!) to get you started.
  • What about trying out a cuisine from a different area of the world? Make some rice and some gobi aloo (or if spinach is more your thing, palak paneer), play some Indian music, and use the meal to transport yourself to someplace new.
  • Feeling like you're missing some basic vitamins and minerals? Try a raw diet once a week. There are plenty of raw food bloggers to help you along.

Which route are you going to take? Could you commit to one healthful meal a week and keep it sacred?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.


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