What: Stephanie Vanlochem discusses the Whole30 nutrition program and “The Whole30 Slow Cooker” cookbook

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Roundabout Books, 900 Mt. Washington Drive, Suite 110, Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: roundaboutbookshop.com or 541-306-6564

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution to improve your eating habits, you may also be finding it hard to get started or stick to a program to improve your health.

But don’t despair. Local book stores stock numerous cookbooks and healthy lifestyle guides that can point you in the right direction and implement the positive changes you envisioned.

The diet dilemma

Diet trends come and go, and no single approach to weight loss or healthy eating works for everyone. But if you’re trying to find and stick to a more healthy eating regimen, there are expert guides and cookbooks that can help. Some of the most popular recent dietary trends involve programs built around unprocessed, whole foods such as the ketogenic diet, Whole30 and paleo.

Certified Whole30 coach and the founder of Cook by Color Nutrition, Stephanie Vanlochem of Bend, will discuss the Whole30 nutrition program and some of the resources available to people considering or following that program, during an event on Saturday at Roundabout Books in Bend.

Whole30 emphasizes consumption of whole foods including meat, seafood, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts, and the elimination of sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy for an initial 30-day period. This is followed by a staggered reintroduction of the prohibited foods while participants assess any impacts and create their own sustainable approach to their eating habits.

One of the cookbooks Vanlochem recommends (and a current top seller at Roundabout Books) is “The Whole30 Slow Cooker: 150 Totally Compliant Prep-and-Go Recipes for Your Whole30,” by Whole30 co-founder Melissa Hartwig.

“This cookbook was compiled with contributions from Whole30 practitioners and bloggers around the world, so it appeals to a variety of tastes and palates whether they’re doing Whole30 or not,” Vanlochem said. “Many of the recipes are also for Instant Pot, so it’s excellent for easy, quickly compiled meals.”

Vanlochem encourages her clients to use recipes once or twice a week and just cook simply the rest of the time. This helps make the program manageable for the initial Whole30 period and lays the groundwork to maintain their healthier eating habits afterward.

Some of the other best-selling nutritional guides and cookbooks currently at Roundabout Books include the following:

• “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking,” by Samin Nosrat

• “Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation,” by Will Cole

• “The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond,” by Melissa Hartwig

• “The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day,” by America’s Test Kitchen

• “The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease,” by Michael Greger M.D. and Gene Stone

Got an Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot was one of the hottest gifts during the holiday season. This chameleon-like, programmable electric multicooker can do the job of a traditional slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, rice cooker, saute pan, yogurt maker and more. Its pressure cooking features allow many Instant Pot dishes to cook in far less time than other methods, which is appealing to people with a hectic daily schedule who want to cook more meals at home but have limited time available. However, for the uninitiated, learning to use an Instant Pot and finding or adapting healthful, tasty recipes can be daunting.

“It seems like everyone got an Instant Pot recently, so Instant Pot cookbooks are really hot at the moment,” said Cassie Clemmons, owner of Roundabout Books. Since mid-December, the following Instant Pot cookbooks have been among the best-sellers at Roundabout Books:

• “How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the function of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook,” by Daniel Shumski

• “The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 great recipes with fewer calories and less fat!” by Dana Angelo White

• “The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook: Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cooker Recipes Made Easy and Fast,” by Urvashi Pitre

• “Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More,” by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones

Not all Instant Pot meals are healthy — mac and cheese or chocolate lava cake, anyone? — but if you’re trying to be more judicious with your eating choices, many Instant Pot cookbooks are oriented toward healthful recipes for cooks of all experience levels.

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