There’s something extraordinary happening with the 12 Healthy Habits.

Readers are following the monthly challenges.  They’re learning new skills, adopting new behaviors, and they’re starting to report on their successes, which has been thrilling to see.

One of the best parts -- people are learning from each other.  That’s the spirit of the 12 Healthy Habits book that I have the privilege of pulling together.  The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook will be published in April 2012, and we’re counting on all of you to help shape the content.

Tell us what’s worked for you. What have you done to help change your habits and meet these monthly challenges?  It’s the collective wisdom of the Cooking Light community that will make this book so special.  We also want to know what’s been tough for you – what are the hurdles that you need to overcome? 

The book is unique because it focuses on habits -- those daily behaviors that have become automatic in our lives.  Stephen R. Covey, author of the iconic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, defines a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.  It’s combination of what to do and how to do it, with some motivation thrown in. To make something a habit in our lives, we need all three.

Most people already know what they need to do to eat healthier or lose weight. They understand why it’s important.  They’ve heard all that before. The challenge is making it happen.  The book will help move you past knowledge, giving you new skills, realistic solutions, concrete ideas, and delicious recipes to adopt these healthy habits. We also hope to inspire and motivate you by showcasing real people who are on the same journey to change their habits and live a healthier life.

Plus, we’re working with some popular food and nutrition bloggers who plan to engage their communities in our healthy habits challenge.  You’ll find some of their advice sprinkled throughout the book, too.

So stay in touch.  Send me an email if you have an inspirational story or a change you made that made a difference for you:  Plus, check out the polls on our Facebook page to give us your input on the various habits.  

We want to hear from you, we want to learn from you.  Help us write this book!