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Beating the odds!

The Superbowl is over and what a game it was!  My husband, being a Patriot’s fan, was beginning to lose heart. The Falcons were crushing the Patriots, making it nearly impossible for them to recover, or even win.  Nevertheless, a most extraordinary game unfolded!  For the first time in Superbowl history it went into Overtime.  With baited breath my husband and I watched as the Patriots dug deep, and with focus and determination overcame the impossible.  We were astounded!

The Patriots had one goal in mind,  they wanted the victory.  Nothing was going to get them down. They were gonna fight hard, and fight to win. Inch by inch, line by line they got closer to their goal, and created a big upset for the opposing team.  It was incredible to watch.

In a similar way, those of us who are trying to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit, have setbacks that can throw us in a downward spiral.  Feeling defeated, they can stop us in our tracks and self-doubt can hold us back.  The task before us seems impossible to overcome and for many of us we give up.

Watching the Superbowl was encouraging, and there are valuable takeaways that can help us on our journey.

  1. When the mountain seems impossible, don’t give up, victory is just around the corner.
  2. Stay focused, keep your eye on the goal and run for it.
  3. Be determined! Fight hard, fight to win.
  4. Overcome ~ don’t let despair, self-doubt, or defeat get you down.  Remind yourself you can overcome.
  5. Take little steps ~ set small goals, win small victories, and the bigger goal will be within your grasp.

Today, as you bask in the epic game, bask in the victory that is within your reach!  Stay healthy, keep fit, and keep glowing!

It’s a Fish Kinda day!

salmon-picI can’t say that I am very fond of fish, in fact, I would say for the most part, I avoid it at all costs.

Growing up fish was either from a can (tuna) or covered in batter (halibut with chips).  Once in a while Dad would make a white sauce with parsley to enhance some pan-fried fish that Mom would make.  This is the only way I enjoyed fish and ate it.

When I met my husband’s family for the first time they served broiled salmon with a wedge of lemon with green beans and rice.  Not wanting to make a fuss I managed to wash it down with several glasses of apple juice.

Fast forward to present day, you will now see tins of tuna and red salmon in the pantry shelf along with frozen salmon fillets in my freezer.  Yes, somehow I succumbed to the pressure of eating more fish.  After reading many articles and books about the health benefits of fish(heart health, brain food, eye improvement, skin enhancer etc.) I decided it was worth introducing it as part of our family meal plan.

At first, I tried hiding the fish in casseroles, and cream cheese pates but little by little I began to enjoy the flavor of it and no longer need to “hide it”.  Today, not only do  I enjoy eating fish, I enjoy catching fish and eating them!  A few of my favorites are perch, sunfish, bass and even catfish (I know, right?).

If you are not a big fan of fish, give it a try!  Your body will love you for it! Bon Appetit!
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Christmas shaped fruit & veggies

I am always looking for creative ways to serve food, especially when it comes to special occasions.  Since Christmas is around the corner I decided to find some cool ways to display my fruit and veggies.  Below are pictures and links to some great ideas.  Merry Christmas and Enjoy!

CHRISTMAS VEGGIE IDEA WITH CHEESE PRESENTS           CHRISTMAS FRUIT IDEAcHRISTMAS VEGGIE IDEA VEGGIE LODGE

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/christmas_tree_veggie_tray.php

http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/recipes/veggie-lodge

http://positivemed.com/2012/12/06/fruit-christmas-tree/

Think “Green” for March!

March nutrition month

March is national nutrition month so why not think “green” for the month and choose to add a green fruit or vegetable into your eating plan daily?  It’s a great way to add variety and flavor to your meals.  It’s also a fun way to keep nutrition at the forefront of your mind.

I grew up in an Irish household.  My parents were both Irish and we celebrated our Irish heritage throughout the month, especially on St. Patrick’s day.  One of my sister’s was actually born on March 17th and my parents called her Patricia (true story, no I’m not kidding).  To add to that our house was green from floor to ceiling.  I didn’t really think too much of it, but when friends came over they commented that even the “loo” was green.

March was filled with wonderful delicacies like corned beef, champ (mashed potatoes with scallions and loads of butter), cabbage, potato bread, soda bannock, wheaten bread, bangers and mash, blood pudding, fish and chips (Mmmm chip sandwiches too), Irish stew, pouring mince,.  Of course, it didn’t stop there, fresh cream pastries, pies, cakes, shortbread, flans, trifles, fern tarts, empire biscuits, mince tarts, custard, chocolate etc.  It was heavenly and we always looked forward to it.

Today, I still anticipate St. Patty’s Day, but choose to eat these foods in moderation and to avoid some all together.

I challenge you to join in the March this month for nutrition and “think” green. Reach for a green fruit or vegetable today. You have a bounty to choose from so get creative and explore the possibilities and search out new recipes.

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Shangri-la Smoothie

papaya

Transport your tastebuds to Shangri-la with this refreshing smoothie.  Paradise is a sip away!

apple

  • 1/2 Papaya, peeled and pitted
  • 1 large apple
  • 8 dried apricot halves

apricots

Soak apricots overnight (or for 8 hours) in 1 cup of water, drain when time is up.  Place apricots in blender.

Meanwhile, juice apple and papaya in juicer.  Combine with apricots.  Blend for 1 minute on medium speed. Enjoy!

Relax, Refresh, Reboot!

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Wow wee!  I woke up this morning with a major head cold.  My sinuses are inflamed and I’m sneezing like crazy.  To boot, it’s freezing outside and it’s snowing!!  What a great way to wake up on a Saturday! Oy!

In spite of how I am feeling, and how terribly cold and snowy it is outside, I am rather mellow.  I’m sitting in a big comfy chair with a box of kleenex by my side.  I’m sipping cups of ginger tea with honey and am looking forward to a warm bowl of soup for lunch.  It’s going to be one of those days of resting and recouping.

In our fast paced world it’s hard to sit still.  Deadlines need to be made, houses need cleaned, clothes need washed, groceries need bought, children need meals and attended to.   Paperwork needs sorted, phone calls need answered, schedules need to be followed. On and on the list goes.

The mind and body are in a constant swirl of activity and it’s hard to just take “time out”.  If we’re not in a constant state of busy, we can feel guilty about resting or even think we are being lazy.  When we have a cold, I believe this is our body crying out for some rest.  It needs time to play catch up and heal. It needs time to recover and rid itself of the virus invading the body.

Why then should we put so much pressure on ourselves? When was the last time you turned your cellphone off and unplugged from the world around you?  When was the last time you relaxed, and I mean really relaxed?  I know some meditate, some pray, some do yoga or go to the spa but when was the last time your mind and body were in complete rest.

Rest means to “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength”.  

One can be in a physical state of rest, but their mind is going a mile a minute.  When was the last time you felt tranquil, serene, relaxed, calm, placid?

Me time

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in that state of serenity, then you deserve to give yourself permission to do so. Some people call this a “time out” or “me time”.  It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be something that becomes part of your lifestyle as well.  Feeling stressed out, anxious just leads to being short-tempered, irritable, unfocused, and erratic.

Whether you’re feeling under the weather like me, or just stressed by the demands of life.  Remember you owe it to yourself to take care of you.  Incorporating some deep breathing exercises may help calm your mind and relax you.

As I type this, my husband is in the kitchen working hard.  He’s unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded it, washed the pots and now is scrubbing the kitchen sinks.  I feel grateful for his kindness and helping hand, and no I don’t feel guilty.  (even though I felt the urge to rush in and take over, but I stopped myself. You see it’s an ongoing choice we need to make for our own benefit) This in turn will enhance our relations with others as we will be able to cope better and not be short-tempered or irritable.

Go ahead!  Take some “me time”!  Rest, Refresh and Reboot your body!

Rainbow Veggie Bake

This is a nice recipe to serve as a main meal or as a side dish with your choice of meat.

Rainbow Veggie Bake:

  • 7 cups of, uncooked, chopped or sliced vegetables of your choice.  (Some options are  squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, carrots,  turnip, potato, yellow or green beans, cauliflower).
  • 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes (can substitute with canned tomatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. of light tasting olive oil.
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil leaves.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Rub oil on the inside of baking dish or roasting pan.

2. Toss veggies, tomatoes, onions, green bell pepper, olive oil, garlic and basil leaves in a large bowl.  Once veggies are coated well, transfer them to the baking dish.

3. Bake for 90 mins.

Serve and enjoy!