Here's the story. My boyfriend and I made a joint resolution for 2008. (With the hopes that we'd keep each other in line and actually complete it.) Our overall goal is to 'get fit' in body and mind. On top of that, we each had sort of a personal subgoal. His is to build up to a previous strength level. Mine is to lose 60 to 100 lbs in however long it takes.
Our original plan for the 'body fit plan' was to just cut out a few things from our overall diet, exercise MUCH more, and I was going to try out one of the fad diets to see what it would do. I changed my mind about that last part after I actually started reading up on those things. Thankfully, whilst browsing through 3FC, I stumbled onto the wholefoods bit and read, and read, and read. After a quick chat with my boything, we decided that trying out the wholefoods or macrobiotic diet sounded nifty. If we noticed a big difference in how we felt, we'd try keeping it up for life.
Now here's my question: Where the heck do I start? I have so many amazon windows open to cookbooks and beginners guides about Wholefoods and Macrobiotics that I'm going crazy. I've ended up just confusing myself more than I need to.
Since this 3FC gave me the inspiration in the first place, I thought it'd be a good place to turn. What books did everyone else find helpful? I have an idea of what kind I'd like to find, I just wouldn't know when I'd found it. It'd be lovely if there were something along the lines of a 'why go this way' sort of book. Something that described things in sort of an intelligent way. chemical compounds, nutrition facts, reactions of this on the body, etc. Also! Cookbooks! I'd love to find cookbooks with lots of variety in the dishes. Although, having asked for variety, I guess I'd prefer things that were more alternatives to contemporary dishes than new dishes altogether. (Example: I'd rather make a sandwich with x, y and z, as opposed to a, b, and c than have the cookbook suggest I make a ridiculous dish with hard to find ingredients in it as a lunchtime meal.) But then again, at this point, I'm not too picky. Any suggestion is a good suggestion from where I'm standing. (And that's in a sea of amazon windows, slowly drowning from USERS WHO BOUGHT --- ALSO BOUGHT ---.)
So lend me your comments, suggestions, advice, etc. Anything helps.
What books did you like/dislike? Why? Any websites/cookbooks/plain old single recipes that you find yourself eating quite often?