I’ve read a few articles about small changes. I particularly like the NYT article “Sustainable Resolutions for your diet” by Mark Bittman. (Bittman is the author of some of my favorite cookbooks as well.) I have already been practicing some of the suggestions for a while, and when I do practice them it is much easier to plan meals. I cook batches of grains, make soups, and cook vegetables. This planning gets me through days to a week, depending on what I am cooking and how much I make. Some foods last better than others so it takes some thought and I often cook mid-week as well. I don’t mind leftovers or eating the same thing for several days so that is not a problem for me. I have found that it is actually easier because I have food prepared and then can pack my lunches easily and have items ready to add to whatever I decide to eat for dinner. I have started planning a day ahead again. In the past one of the things that really helped me was planning a week of meals at a time. In some ways I have been doing this by the way I cook, but I have not planned every meal out for a week in many years.
Another small change that I made this week was finally buying a thermos. Now I can take my coffee. Hopefully I will keep my coffee drinking to what is in the thermos and not drink more. I have quit drinking coffee in the past but have always resumed the habit. I decided that I was finally fed up with paying for coffee everyday when I could make it at home and take it with me. I set my coffee maker to start at 5 am when my alarm goes off so it is ready to pour before I go out the door. So far, so good.
Finally, a friend posted the photo below on Facebook. This is really the essence of the changes I have made, big and small. The changes are not for a few weeks or a few months. They are the way I want to live my life for my health’s sake.