We launched The Twelve Healthy Habits program in January 2011, and we  want you to be part of the challenge. Read about how you could receive weekly coaching from a Cooking Light expert.

December 06, 2010
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We launched a new program in January called The Twelve Healthy Habits, encouraging you to take on a new healthy habit every month.

We’re thrilled to announce that we're offering weekly coaching to twelve of our readers from Allison Fishman, Cooking Light contributor, chef, and coach. Allison will work with you for four weeks, and blog about your challenges and successes on The Twelve, the blog dedicated to the Healthy Habits program on CookingLight.com.

We’ve outlined the program below month by month. We’re looking for interested participants for March-December of 2011, so we’d love to hear from you. If you find any one of these challenges of interest and you'd like to work with a coach, email us at healthyhabitscoach@gmail.com with “Healthy Habits” in the subject line and tell us:

  • Which month’s challenge interests you the most?
  • What are your challenges and real-life obstacles that keep you from eating as healthfully and exercising as regularly as you’d like.

Please limit your response to 300 words. Coaching sessions will take place via the phone, on Mondays. Please include your name and contact information in the email.

Plan outline:

January: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables—Add 3 more servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet each day.

Feb: Get Moving—Increase the amount of aerobic exercise you do.

March: Get Cooking—Cook at least 3 meals more per week than you are now, even if that means cooking breakfast or lunch (for freezing, maybe).

April: Go For More Grains—Add 3 servings of whole grains per day.

May: Eat Breakfast Daily—Eat a healthy breakfast every day.

June: Get Stronger—Add strength training to your fitness regimen: at least 2 sessions per week.

July: Focus on Healthy Fats—Swap unhealthy fats for healthy fats in your diet.

August: Go Vegetarian at Least 1 Day a Week—Expand the number of all-vegetable dishes that you eat by making 1 dinner or main-meal-of-the-day vegetarian.

September: Go Fishing—Cook fish or seafood for dinner 2 times a week.

October: Ease Up on Salt—Cut back on salt/sodium and increase your sodium awareness.

November: Be Portion Aware—Cut your portion size of less-healthy or higher-calorie foods at least once per meal.

December: Eat Mindfully—Be mindful of the Earth, be thankful, be giving, be happy this holiday season.


Thank you, and good luck!


Allison Fishman, 38, is a contributor to Cooking Light. In 2009, she was the co-host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin, where she helped women cook more healthfully for themselves and their families. From 2006 to 2008, she was the co-host TLC’s Home Made Simple, where she traveled across the United States to teach families basic cooking techniques. In 2005, Fishman founded The Wooden Spoon Cooking School in Brooklyn, New York. She helps her students gain kitchen confidence by giving them the skills to cook healthy meals at home. She is the author of You Can Trust A Skinny Cook, which comes out in April 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @allisonfishman