Over these past 18 months I have been on a health and wellness kick. First, I started out by wanting to loose weight and get in better shape. I was tired of feeling like I was going to have a heart attack every time I did anything physical, where even the smallest task seemed too much. Next, I knew my diet needed revamping, my goal was to cut out sugar and excess snacking. After a while I cut down on the wheat, as I am not overly sensitive to wheat I did not eliminate it completely.
Well my program worked. I am down to an ideal weight for my height. Futhermore I excerise 5 days a week, my cardio is good and my muscles are becoming toned. It feels great.
Along with my excerise regime, diet was an important factor. While knowing that the traditional diets only cause yo-yoing and determined not to let this happen again, led me to some amazing new cookbooks.
Amongst the few new books that I purchased my all time favorite is the "Oh She Glows" by Angela Liddon. Angela's book is a delight. Not only is there a photo for every recipe (which I love and many other books are missing) but the recipes are amazing, very tasty, and as added bonus my family loves them too.
Additionaly she gives advice on how to adapt the recipe to fit your particular diet, whether being gluten free, processed sugar free, nut free and more. She also encourages you to try different flours, spices or other ingredients all the while letting her know the outcome.
One other point Angela's book is vegan, but most of the recipies can be adapted to your own preference, throw in some chicken or fish if you like. I added an egg to her lentil walnut loaf and it held together beautiful.
If you don't want to jump in and purchase the book right away, check out her "Oh She Glow's" blog. This incredible blog has many of the recipies from her book, great stories on how she came up with the recipies as well as lots of wonderful photos.