We've assembled a task force of staff from our Birmingham offices to try the Cooking Light Diet for 3 months and blog about it. Here's what they're saying.

------I started the Cooking Light Diet because I am lazy.

Although I love nothing more than the sweet, sweet smell of soup simmering on the stove, I don’t always have the energy to make it at the end of a long Monday. And while I aspire to Martha Stewart levels of food prep, I’ve yet to master that particular life skill. As a recent college grad, adjusting to adulthood means learning to feed myself without the help of the school cafeteria. Where is the salad bar when I need it?

I work at a cookbook company. I pride myself on my mad knife skills and countertop herb garden. Still, I found myself struggling to get lunch packed and dinner prepared without grabbing something fast and easy (read: unhealthy) instead. Here’s where the Cooking Light Diet comes in: It embraces my fervent desire to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen during the week and still manages to deliver on taste and nutrition. And since most of the recipes yield several servings, dinner does double duty as lunch.

After about a month on the Diet, the most important thing I’ve learned is that I am terrible at planning ahead. The second most important thing I’ve learned is that this character flaw is correctable. The Diet does all the planning for me, down to a customizable shopping list. Weekend grocery store trips are significantly less stressful when armed with a list, and knowing what I’m eating each day allows me to prepare for the week. I now spend an hour or two on Sunday afternoons cooking and prepping for the week ahead. I think Martha would be proud.

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