Toolkit for 2018

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Happy New Year!

Now with the holidays behind us we can get back to watching what we eat and start exercising again.

Last year, my quest for eating right was to involve cutting out all processed foods and a nightly IPA. I was walking at least 10 miles a week and learned to cut out all processed foods. All that being said, I only dropped about 30 pounds, went down almost 3 inches on my waist and down from an XL to L, which is fine, only to pack  10 pounds back on through the holidays.

I really need to look at the tools I used last year and incorporate some new ones for this year’s eating right challenge.

This year I plan on adding more probiotic products to my diet at least once a week, whether it is kimchee, sauerkraut or kefir, because I want to focus not only on a slimmer gut, but also a healthy one.

More exercise, I don’t think walking is enough. I dread going to the gym, I get so bored going through the routines, but as I am spending way too much time behind a desk these days, I really need to find a way to exercise all my muscles.

I found two good magazines during the year for finding new and inspiring dishes to try out; Eating Well and Cooking Light, I would recommend picking up an issue or two. A lot of the mainstream cooking magazines out there have a lot of fluff and ads, but no real substance.

Mentally, I would recommend word games. Try boatloadpuzzles.com, they are timed and they have 1000s of them or the weekend WSJ crossword puzzles. WSJ has a new one called, Rows Garden it is sort of a Sudoku for words.  Pick up the Sunday or weekend edition of your favorite newspaper to keep up on current events or read some great in-depth political commentary or the opinion section to see what other people of thinking.

There are also some great programs on Netflix for food related topics. I’m watching, ‘Rotten’ right now that delves more into the food/greed side of that industry.

I watched a documentary on HBO about the key to living a long life called, ‘If you’re not in the Obituary, Eat Breakfast’. Carl Reiner, interviews 90-100 year old actors and entertainers to find out their secret to longevity and it really all boils down to ‘keep moving’. Carl Reiner (95) walks every day, still writes and works on different projects and he meets socially with old time friend, Mel Brooks (91) to watch old movies together. The key must not only to be keeping your body moving, but also your mind.

This is my toolkit for this year’s commitment to Eating Right, hope you all have a happy and healthy new year.

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