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Dysfunctional Chef: Sweet Potato Salad

Your Gain Is My Pain...contact Janice Taylor, Life and Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

Your Gain Is My Pain…Call Me: Janice Taylor, Life and Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

Last night, we went to a small gathering; a dinner party. Big fun! Aside from the 5 yum food, the great conversation, giggles, chortles and belly laughs, we climbed up onto the roof and looked down on Tucson. What a magnificent view; magical place. Next time, I’ll bring my camera. Anyway…my contribution to the dinner was a sweet potato salad. Everyone loved it! Especially me :)

Sweet Potato Salad
Ingredients:
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes (more or less)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste
1 green onion, as thinly sliced as you can

Instructions:
Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Fill a pot with cold water, add salt for cooking purposes (not too much), put cubes in and bring to boil.
When the potatoes are tender, drain and put aside.

While the sweets are cooling, in another bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, and salt. You may find, when you taste it before you drizzle it on the potatoes, that it’s too vinegary. BUT it mixes beautifully. The potatoes drink in the dressing!

Carefully toss potatoes with dressing.
Sprinkle the paper-thin green onion slices on top.
Serve!

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Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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12 Quotes: #Depression Robin Williams…Secret Sorrows

It's Not As Black and White As It Seems - photograph by Janice Taylor, Weight-Loss Artist / Self-Help Artist

Bee – photograph by Janice Taylor, Weight-Loss Artist / Self-Help Artist

As we continue to grieve and try so very hard to wrap our minds around Robin Williams’s depression and suicide, I thought it useful to share quotes on melancholy, hopelessness and despair, written by some of our greatest writers that shed light, compassion, and understanding on the topic.

12 Quotes: #Depression…Secret Sorrows

Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint-it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don’t come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people’s words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet. ~ Ned Vizzini

There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, “There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.” Sadness is more or less like a head cold-with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t. ~ Kay Redfield Jamison

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason. ~ Andrew Solomon

If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do. ~ Stephen Fry

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken. ~ C.S. Lewis

Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong. ~ Sally Brampton

Depression on my left; loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different. ~ J.K. Rowling

He: What’s the matter with you?
Me: Nothing.
Nothing was slowly clotting my arteries. Nothing slowly numbing my soul. Caught by nothing, saying nothing, nothingness becomes me. When I am nothing they will say surprised in the way that they are forever surprised, “but there was nothing the matter with her. ~ Jeanette Winterson

Depression is melancholy minus its charms. ~ Susan Sontag

How do you make your way through sadness, melancholy, depression?  Share your thoughts below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
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Chewing the Fat: Miss Chocolate Chiffon Calling Your Name?

Craving Chocolate? by Janice Taylor, Life & Weight Loss Coach, Anti-Gravity Expert (come fly with me)!

Craving Chocolate? by Janice Taylor, Life & Weight Loss Coach, Anti-Gravity Expert (come fly with me)!

Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ I was sitting at my desk, feeling just fine, minding my own business, thinking about work, all the things that I needed to do, and then out of nowhere. I swear, out of NO-Where, a craving came rolling through that literally knocked me off my “tush,” and landed me straight in front of a vending machine.

Quarters, dimes and nickels in my hand (again, where did they come from), I inserted my change into the machine, hit buttons and out came a candy bar to my liking. Next thing you know, I am back at my desk chomping through the bar, and finally licking the packaging that it had been wrapped in, hoping for another quick jolt of “heaven.”

Can you explain this to me? Where did the craving come from? How did I manage to have the right amount of change in my hand for the vending machine? It’s not like I planned any of it. It just happened. ~ T.W.

Dear T.W. ~ A craving, a.k.a. an intense desire that leaves you longing for a certain kind of food, can be triggered from a variety of places.  Situations can trigger food cravings, conversations, commercials on the radio or television, pretty much anything.  It’s different for each of us.

I know that it feels like the craving is in control and that you are powerless, having an out of body experience.  Still, there are ways to get a grip And NOT succumb to the craving.

The KEY!!! Cravings are Thoughts.  Instead of experiencing cravings as cravings, see them for what they really are. They are just thoughts.

Cravings are just one of the many thousands of thoughts that we have each day. They are not “concrete” in nature. They are like the clouds rolling in and out.  They are simply suggestions.  A thought is a suggestion, which means that not every thought needs to be acted upon.

Wave hello to the “craving thought,” and say, “Hi Craving … Nice to see you.  Here’s your hat.  What’s your hurry?!” Send the craving thought on its way!

Make “I do not have to act on my thoughts. I have a choice!” your mantra.

I know that there are some people who are reading this and thinking that seeing cravings as thoughts and making a conscious choice won’t work, or maybe it’ll work for other people, but their cravings are too strong, etc.  More thoughts, more suggestions are being produced by your very clever minds.

How resistant are you to trying something that works?  Remember that thoughts are suggestions and that you do not have to follow them.

I hope that helps, TW, and all who have had or will have cravings (every single one of us). ~ OLofWL

How to you manage your cravings? Share your thoughts below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
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Depression: 11 Ways to Reignite Your Joie de Vivre

"Your gain is my pain. Call me."  ~  Janice Taylor,  Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

“Your gain is my pain. Call me.” ~ Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

After yesterday’s shockingly sad news about the death of Robin Williams, his alleged suicide, and the knowledge that he was battling severe depression, each and every person I spoke to brought the topic “depression” to the table.   Those conversations informed today’s post, which highlights a few simple strategies to move past depression.

Please note that I am not suggesting that I have come up with a few simple ways to move past a serious, clinical depression.

Depression ranges in gravity. Clinical depression a.k.a. major depressive disorder is the more severe from of depression. If you believe you are suffering from a severe depression, please contact a mental health professional.

These strategies are for those who are experiencing a certain level of low energy, who are feeling lackluster, who have misplaced their joie de vivre.

Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Top Eleven Ways to Reignite Your Joie de Vivre!

1. Sleep. Lack of sleep magnifies the effects of depression. Log in 6 to 8 hours each night, and try 15 – 30 minute catnaps throughout the day. Feeling rested, alert and awake is so important for feeling good. It is the foundation of a vibrant, dynamic life.

2. Move. If you are feeling low, move. Just the act of moving from one place to another creates ‘movement,’ and ‘movement’ can help to move feelings of depression out!

3. Exercise. When we exercise or are physically active the brain secretes chemicals, such as endorphins, which make us feel so much better.

4. Meditate. Meditation reduces stress, helps us to sleep better, thus alleviating depression. Consistency matters. So if you can only ‘sit’ for 5 minutes a day, that’s all right. Do what you can. Hint: when you meditate the same time each day you are creating a positive habit, which will anchor the positive mood that is activated by meditation.

5. Wear Red. Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear red.” What great advice!! Dark clothing tends to increase the effects of depression. Color can stimulate positive feelings and red is a real energy color. Reds and oranges are traditionally worn by spiritual seekers in India and Asia: they understood that vibrant colors create a vibrant energy field around the wearer of these wonderfully bright clothes.

6. Eat Healthfully. You’ll feel lighter. Isn’t it a great feeling to know that you’re taking care of yourself? Rather than doing yourself in!

7. Drink Water. Studies show that dehydration can be a cause of depression. So bottoms up!

8. Light. As the season changes from summer to autumn, so goes the light. Research shows that getting 20 minutes of sunlight per day, even by sitting at a window, helps fight depression. Don’t we all feel so much better waking up to the sun’s smiling rays?

9. Smile. What came first, the smile or the good mood? It’s hard to tell. Famed spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hahn has advised that smiling leads to Godliness….and don’t forget the mind-body connection. Our body often affects our mind. Just try this experiment: smile and see if you don’t feel happier. The mind is conditioned to experience smiling with feelings of joy and happiness. Ha ha ha!

10. Breathing. Breathing helps release stress and anxiety which are components of depression. Focusing on the breathing and releasing tightness in the body and worry in the mind lifts the spirit. Breathing exercises have always be an important part of stress reduction programs. Take a few moments throughout the day to just exhale the tension out and breathe in some calm.

11. Pamper yourself. Take the time to see a movie ( a comedy of course!), go to a show, buy some flowers ( the color and scents provide color therapy and aromatherapy which lifts the spirits), talk to a friend–embrace life! You deserve it!

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Spread the Moon-MAGIC-–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
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