Welcome Jessa Slade, author of The Darkest Night (A Marked Souls Christmas novella) to Jenna's Romantic Notions... What are your thoughts on my New Year's resolution to eat healthier?
As anyone who follows me online or in real life knows, I am powered by chocolate. Note I say “powered by,” not “addicted to” ;) Eating chocolate is an unavoidable occupational hazard; after all, I write romance novels! But thanks to good genetics and several carefully cultivated nervous tics (plus an hour and a half of dog walking every single freakin’ day) I tend to burn off most of the chocolate I consume. Which sounds great, except that it doesn’t necessarily motivate me to eat healthier.
But over the last several years (pre-warned by my mother that my good genetics would only last until my 40s) I’ve made a couple changes for the better that -- considering my pathetic lack of willpower -- I think everyone who wants to improve their diet might try.
- No more sodas: Okay, not NO sodas -- what else goes with pepperoni pizza? -- but very few sodas. I used to drink a soda every day or two, and now it’s a special treat, maybe once or twice a month.
- A good salad every night: I start with a base of spinach, red cabbage and carrots and then dress it up with broccoli, apple, peas or whatever else comes out of the garden and top it off with a vinaigrette.
- Pretty little plates: This sound silly, but I love to eat off pretty little plates. Replacing big white dinner plates with pretty little plates makes eating a mindful art.
Do you have a favorite additive for your salads? I’m always looking for fun new flavors since I’m eating a salad every day. Please share in comments.