New look. Light and fruity for 2009

With emphasis on the fruity.

I’m not even sure if I like this look, but I wanted something new for the new year. I tried some of the layouts that push the text to the right and the links to the left, but since I read from right to left, I kept getting confused. I may change my mind. After all, I am a girl, and I like shiny things.

New for 2009! (Dang that sounds so expressive)

I’ve been busy working on some pasta recipes for the new year. I only promised them in–oh–SEPTEMBER, so I have been cracking the whip and getting those out there. I also installed a hecka kewl slideshow of foods past and present to the right just above recipes. Many of those pictures never make it to the blog, but I like to look at them. I’m all about the pictures.

I’m in the process of updating recipe links, and revving up for a new 2009 challenge for everyone out there who is tired of “this year” always being their year.

This year is it for me. I’m sick and tired, personally, of starting over, so I’m not going to.

You know, I was just writing an article regarding eating disorders and kids for a parenting magazine, and one statistic reached out and grabbed my face. *playing elevator music while running to grab the stat).

 

46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992).

Gustafson-Larson, A., & Terry, R.D. (1992). Weight-related behaviors and concerns of fourth-grade children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 92, 818-822.

That’s some pretty scary stuff right there. Of all of the kids in that survey, 82% of them have families who put a huge emphasis on dieting.

Anyone else out there guilty of doing this?

Oh Hells yes!

So this year, the emphasis is NOT on dieting. It is on making a new lifestyle in little bits and pieces, and making life as normal as possible with new food choices.

When the dentist tells you to floss more often, do you join the tooth flossing forum and join a challenge? No! You just floss. Again. It’s not sexy, but food isn’t supposed to be what we’re obsessing about over here. We’re supposed to be focusing on life. Food is just fuel. It’s just something we eat. Sure, we can enjoy it, but in the process, we should enjoy less of it, and in a healthful manner as it pertains to weight loss or maintenance, and not as the end-all.

We live in a world filled with layoffs, economic uncertainty, a new President, and unforeseen challenges in 2009. Making food the center of pleasure or of pain? We don’t have time for that people!

No time for that at all.

So new recipes, new attitudes.

Let’s make this a way of eating for life, and not a diet.

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  1. T.J. Freeman Jr. says:

    “Let’s make this a way of eating for life, and not a diet.”

    I was just discussing this with my wife.. how people freak out because they ate something “off plan” or whatever and I just look at it as a mistake (possibly planned) and just keep on eating what you are supposed to be! No need to freak out as if the world is about to end because your chicken had a sauce on it with 3 carbs you hadn’t planned on… Like you said, there are more important things to worry about this year.

    I hope you and your family had a happy holiday and a prosperous new year. I am working on some LGL snacks that I think others will eat at our family party this year; there are tons of them out there, I’m just lazy :)

  2. Hey! I hope you had a great holiday season!

    I am so there on the freaking thing. I can’t do it. I’ve tried to freak, but there is something really unromantic about panicking about choices I’ve consciously made.

    It’s like OMIGAWD! I really wore the llame pants while bloated!

    I can’t do it.

    Sure, chickens are sometimes sauced. Sometimes we forget to floss. Are our teeth going to fall out?

    No.

    And that would be cool sometimes because I’d want dentures that look like vampire teeth.

  3. “So this year, the emphasis is NOT on dieting. It is on making a new lifestyle in little bits and pieces, and making life as normal as possible with new food choices.

    When the dentist tells you to floss more often, do you join the tooth flossing forum and join a challenge? No! You just floss. Again.”

    I LOVE this!!!!! And I love the new look of the blog and your new avatar. And I am on Day 2 of being good to myself :)

    Hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays and if there was a Nobel Prize for food, Oopsies would deserve it.

    Hugs and Love to all.

  4. cleochatra says:

    ew– I am so proud of you and will be joining you in flossing my teeth. I am currently cleaning out the cupboards!

    It is great to be back in the saddle again! Be well as we approach 2009!

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