Monday, December 11, 2006

Health and the Writer by Camy Tang

Whether you’re a writer who also works a full-time job or are a busy stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard to stay healthy. I researched and figured out a bunch of tips and tricks to help me stay in shape without carving out of my precious writing time. I also found some tips to help me have just general better health. Pick and choose which of these will work for you.

Use variety so you don’t fall off the wagon

Let’s face it, low-fat and high-fiber foods are often not very exciting. And they can get old really fast.

So why not experiment with your food choices? It’ll help you keep to your healthy lifestyle.

Change up your ingredients. Try whole-wheat sourdough instead of regular bread for French toast. Pick up a mango or a papaya. Try spreading hummus on your sandwich, to dip your crackers, or topping your salad.

Experiment with different ethnic recipes. Often the more exotic recipes also use exotic (healthy) ingredients, like couscous or bulgar.

Try Jamaican jerk chicken wings—pepper and spice increases metabolism. Chinese Mapo (or mabo) Dofu with tofu and ground chicken over brown rice. Thai prawns and asparagus or Tom Kah soup with reduced-fat coconut milk.

Recipes are easy to find on the internet, and there are always tons of recipe books for cheap at thrift shops.

Experiment! Be wild!

Camy Tang is a novelist also fighting the battle of the bulge. Find out more about her and her books at, or enjoy the read on her blog at



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