As January begins to wind down, so does the motivation that many felt at the outset of the new year. You’ve likely heard the stats concerning the failure of New Year’s resolutions–a large percentage of people fall off track by February. How does one stay on track?
Making real, long-lasting changes in your health habits takes fortitude. You will not be perfect. You will fall off track. However, change that lasts requires constant renewal of inspiration. This can come from many angles depending on which habits you are working on modifying.
When it comes to diet, I have a tip for staying inspired. It’s simple and it’s free (well, likely free). I recommend going to your library and checking out several cookbooks that have appealing recipes.
Once you’ve acquired the cookbooks, you should take a few minutes to flip through them and pick out a few recipes that might work for you or your family. Earmark them.
When you go to make your meal plan for the week, use a few of these recipes. I don’t recommend using all new recipes, as that can be overwhelming. But, pulling in a couple new ones each week can help make healthy eating appealing. I then note the ingredients I’ll need to buy and add them to my list (or Peapod order).
If your library is like ours, there are rows and rows of cookbooks. I also like to check out the latest releases. There is truly of wealth of great ideas and inspiration in those books. Additionally, if you are a visual person, cookbooks and a great way to visually motivate yourself. If you were to buy them all, it would cost a fortune. But, you can check out a bunch for nothing–just be sure to return them on time.
I love the America’s Test Kitchen books, The Pioneer Woman, the list goes on… I can check them out for weeks, then rotate. It’s great! It saves money and paper, while keeping you inspired. It’s truly a win-win!
Do you check out cookbooks from the library? Have you found any great ones lately?