The beginning of a new year always makes me reflect on the months just past and the time that stretches out before me. What would I change about the previous year, and what am I going to do differently?
Interesting what leaps to mind first. Like most women, I think I ate too much! <g> And probably not enough of the right things. Why is a good Danish pastry so tempting when there’s all that kale in the produce section begging to be cooked? And what should I really be doing to eat healthy? Thirty years ago I thought I understood nutrition. But since then, the experts have changed their minds a lot. In 1987 Nancy Baggett, Gloria Kaufer Greene, and I wrote Don’t Tell ‘Em It’s Good for ‘Em (Times Books), a cookbook designed to help homemakers gradually change the ingredients in recipes so their family didn’t know they were eating healthier versions of old favorites.
Back then, the main goal was to lower fat in the diet. In fact, we were urged to consume fewer than thirty percent of our calories from fat. And when Nancy Baggett and I wrote 100% Pleasure for Rodale Books, published in 1994, low-fat was still king. Then gradually, we started hearing about a lot of other things like the distinction between good and bad fat. Fiber. Oat Bran. The Paleo diet. Gluten free. The health advantages of intermittent fasting. Baggett and I got in on that one a few years ago with The 2-Day a Week Diet Cookbook.
Then there’s the whole question of exercise. I didn’t do enough in 2017. I hope I’m going to do better this year. But the difference between diet and exercise for me is—I love to cook. I’d rather sit and read than walk around the block. A friend told me to listen to a book while I exercise. I’ve tried that in the past, and it never worked too well. Maybe in 2018?
In one blog, I can’t cover all the things I’ve been considering. But there’s one big hairy issue I should mention—my professional life. Devoting more time to getting my writing done is definitely on the agenda. But how do I balance it with everything else? And how much time should I commit to publicity versus developing and writing fiction? Should I think about another cookbook? How much time should I spend on social media? And which social media? As I sit here now, I’m telling myself I’m going to do more writing. But yeah, I’m also itching to check my Facebook feed to see if I got some responses to the post I put up yesterday.
My latest novel is Bedroom Therapy, and it is available in the anthology Love on Fire: 6 Hot Romances.