It’s that time of year again; the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year when we get together with family and friends to socialize and eat rich foods. 

I’ll be visiting my sister’s family in the Monterey area and eating too much turkey, followed by a walk to Spanish Bay.  I’ll be seeing my nieces and nephew and other relatives by blood and marriage.  Just so I remember to change the topic when some guests want to talk politics, and nobody will get indigestion and nobody will get high blood pressure.

It won’t be long before 2011 begins, and many of us will resolve to lose weight – much of it gained during the last two months before the end of the year. 

There are lots of materials available through your Alameda County Library System that offer sound advice on losing weight or not adding it on to begin with.  Some suggestions:

Fat-free holiday recipes / Sandra Woodruff       641.568 WOODRUFF, S

Perfect light desserts : fabulous cakes, cookies, pies, and more made with real butter, sugar, flour, and eggs, all under 300 calories per generous serving / Nick Malgieri and David Joachim                   641.86 MALGIERI

Healthy homestyle desserts : 150 fabulous treats with a fraction of the fat and calories / Evelyn Tribole ; photographs by Sally Ann Ullman       641.86 TRIBOLE

American Heart Association low-fat & luscious desserts : cakes, cookies, pies, and other temptations                                         641.5638 AMERICAN

500 fat-free recipes : a complete guide to reducing the fat in your diet : 500 recipes from soup to dessert containing one gram of fat or less / Sarah Schlesinger                          641.5638 SCHLESINGER, S

The Eating well new favorites cookbook : more great recipes from The Magazine of Food & Health                          641.5636 EATING

The 99% fat-free book of appetizers and desserts : more than 125 stylish and satisfying recipes with less than 1 gram of fat / Barry Bluestein & Kevin Morrissey     641.563 BLUESTEIN

Betty Crocker’s low-fat, low-cholesterol cookbook     641.5638 CROCKER

All-new complete Cooking light cookbook / compiled and edited by Anne C. Cain      641.56384 ALL

Now eat this! : 150 of America’s favorite comfort foods, all under 350 calories / Rocco DiSpirito                                            641.5635 DISPIRITO

EatingWell 500 calorie dinners : easy, delicious recipes & menus / by Jessie Price, Nicci Micco & the EatingWell Test Kitchen       641.5635 PRICE

Slim & scrumptious : more than 75 delicious, healthy meals your family will love / Joy Bauer ; photographs by Joseph DeLeo           641.5635 BAUER

The complete cooking light cookbook / compiled and edited by Cathy A. Wesler          641.5635 WESLER  

Cook it light desserts / Jeanne Jones      641.86 JONES