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  • Healthy Living: How You Can Make It Work for You

    Posted November 30th, 2017 by

    You know what’s hard about changing your dietary habits? Life. Life has a tendency to constantly get in the way of healthy living habits, especially if you work full-time. Or raise a family. Or do both. How could you possibly join the Cooking Light Diet and cook all sorts of meals that you probably don’t even have time to make? Or that other family members may not even want to eat?

    Easy—you ask other Cooking Light Diet community members. After all, thousands have started a healthy living approach with our service. And ultimately, if you’re looking for a longterm weight-loss solution, you want something that works for you, not the other way around. And this is working for a lot of people, from busy mothers of six, to single parents working full-time, to empty nesters, to retirees with active lifestyles, and more.

    But don’t take our word for it. We put out a call to members of our Facebook Community, asking how they were able to make the Cooking Light Diet work for them. You can find some of their responses below. The consensus? If you’ve been looking for a sustainable solution to healthy living, look no further.

    Healthy living doesn’t happen if you do nothing.

    Member Mary Martini wants you to know that you shouldn’t expect results if you don’t put in work. You’ll need to commit to cooking and adopting  timesaving techniques to make it easier.

    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    Once you’ve accepted that this will take work, the other advice from community members will facilitate your success.

    Have a family? Involve them in the menu planning process.

    If you’re feeding other people, you’re going to want to make sure they’ll enjoy the meals. Pushback from picky eaters can derail a new meal plan before it even begins. So, why not get their input? After all, it’s worked for Christy Lindberg-Price, and she’s lost 5o pounds.*
    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member. Jay Shaw has employed this same tactic with his two kids. By helping him choose what they’ll be eating, he avoids any fallout over what’s on the menu. Bonus? He’s been able to lose 50 pounds and keep it off, too.

    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    Jay also says that the lunches were what helped sell his kids on the idea of exclusively eating Cooking Light Diet recipes.
    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    And by involving the family in the meal planning process, you’ve now created a mini support group you can chat with about the delicious food!

    Leftovers…or lifesavers?

    Lots of members have found leftovers to be their saving grace. Because when you’re go-go-go all the time, having meals that are already prepped and ready can be clutch. Mary Martini finds herself doing “things like double batches of soup, stew, or chili, or other slow cooker meals. I freeze half and eat half that night. I plan at least one leftovers night a week.” Andrea Haight is in that same boat.
    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    Community member Jenny Davis Burns echoes this same approach. She makes breakfast and lunch recipes for herself on Sundays, “…usually a recipe that is 4+ servings so I have the same thing several days in a row.”
    If the food is good, what’s wrong with eating it more than once?

    Use the PLAN page to, you know, plan ahead on busy weeks.

    One of the great things about a Cooking Light Diet subscription? Being able to plan up to two weeks of meals at a time. If you already know what life’s going to throw at you, you’re able to meal plan accordingly. Karen Turley Crainich implements this strategy in tandem with ensuring she has plenty of leftovers.
    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    Besides, letting the Diet do the planning beats the alternative.

    Member Christy Moran concedes that while customizing her Cooking Light Diet menu takes a little time, it pales in comparison to how long meal planning used to take. And at the Moran house, time comes at a premium.

    “I have 4 kids. My 10 and 14 year-old are always at home for dinner, a 22 year-old who is away at college but come home often [sic], and a 2o year-old who still lives at home and eats with us depending on work and friends. I don’t work outside the home but I have a very busy schedule. I have been following the CLD for almost 2 years, MUCH longer than I have ever followed ANY plan! …Planning does take time. I’ve always been a meal planner and the CLD actually saves me a lot of time. Before I would pour over my cookbooks and online recipes to come up with main dishes and sides that went together and my family would enjoy and the process would take HOURS! …Now it takes me *maybe* 30 minutes, longer if I have recipes that members recommend that I need to search for and work into the schedule. If I have a super busy day I shift the recipes around to allow for quicker meals on that day and I plan more involved meals on days I have more time.”

    Streamline your shopping techniques.

    You know your schedule better than anyone, so why not use that knowledge to make meal planning easier? That’s what member Elizabeth Striegl does. She aligns her shopping trips so that they’re convenient and conducive to her productivity. Since she’s over 40 pounds down, it seems to be helping.
    Healthy living advice from a Cooking Light Diet member.

    These are just some of the ways extremely busy people have successfully started a healthy living approach with the Cooking Light Diet. How will you start yours?

    *Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose 1/2lb. per week.