who knew? | new eating habits here we come

So I grocery shopped this week with all of my knew food knowledge... and what do you know, I learned even more! First, I sadly had to face the fact that I had a handful of items in my cart high in fat: cheese, coffee creamer, almonds. I DID read the nutrition label before putting them in my cart and decided I didn't care that they were high in fat, they are staples in my home and at least they weren't high in sugar. They had hardly any nutritional value. (I had a bag of these almonds, not plain almonds.) Of course I had the all-too-familiar thought process of "maybe next time I'll leave them out." Yeah, that'll get me far. Hah. But it was good to recognize and accept that I was not making the best choices, at least. Baby steps!

So, how bad were they?

I walked down the bread aisle and caught a glimpse of a rack of Little Debbie products. For fun, I grabbed a box of cakes to read the nutritional label. To my surprise, the fat content in my high-fat items in my cart EQUALED the fat content in the Little Debbie products (I checked a couple of boxes just to make sure). I would never eat a Little Debbie cake (okay, maybe once a year and I'm reminded why I don't), but I'll consume equal amounts of bad nutrition in other foods? Wake up call!!

So... I am on a mission to lower the amount of cheese and cream brought into this house. I even started this morning with tea instead of coffee + cream. New habits... here we come!

Speaking of new habits... I bought a whole chicken for the first time, ever. If you are anything like me, you have never cooked a whole chicken and you are clueless about how to do it. Well... exciting! I found a great website with a super easy crockpot recipe for a whole chicken. It even has steps to take after it's cooked to preserve the extra meat for other recipes. Be sure to read through the comments for tons of other fab ideas.

Can you tell I'm super excited about this?! I'm off to prep the chicken and get it in the crock pot for tonight's dinner. :)

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.