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In need of Comfort Food?

MANGO mania.jpgWhat if this Beliefnet blogger were to tell you that there is a healthy and guilt-free food readily available – sitting in your supermarket – waiting for you – that is more comforting than mac n’ cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped potatoes and pancakes combined? Would you be interested in that? Well, read on and then scroll down for the best, most comforting recipe ever!
Mangoes have been around for at least 4,000 years. They grow on huge trees and the mango fruit gracefully hangs down like an upside-down lollipop on a very long stem.
They are considered a comfort food in many parts of the world and have an amazingly rich and meaningful history.
It is said that Amrapali, a very beautiful dancer and courtesan from Vaishali, lived in Buddha’s time (600 B.C.). She offered Buddha a mango orchard. She was so impressed by his teachings that she became a nun.
Mango trees grant wishes and are a symbol of love. The mango tree flowers during spring and when it is laden with blossom, the cuckoo sings in the tree. It is thus associated with the season of love in traditional poetry.
I am sure that you can now see how mangoes bring comfort and while they are messy and a tad difficult to eat, they are well worth the effort.
Succulent, juicy and delicious they are rich in beta -carotene and vitamin C, not to mention low in calories and high in fiber. One cup of mango slices is approximately 110 calories with 0.5 grams of fat and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
They are available from January through September, however, those that enter the marketplace later are generally of better quality. Mexican mangoes are available from April through September; and Florida mangoes from May through August, although they peak in June and July.
The next time you’re a bit frazzled, and in need of a little comfort, solace, smoothing over – reach for a mango.
How to Pick a Mango: Pick up a mango and very softly press your thumb against its flesh. Does it give a bit and smell really sweet, like a flower? Great! If there are a few black spots on it, not to worry, as mangoes bruise so easily. But if covered with bruises, it is past its prime! The best sized mango is about a pound or so. And for the most part, if a mango smells great, it tastes great.
If the mango is green and firm, you can bring it home and ripen it yourself! Leave the mango on the counter for a few days, until it colors (yellow/orange to red), is soft to the thumb, and smells good. Do not refrigerate a mango. If you store a mango below 50ºF for any length of time it will lose its flavor.
How to Cut a Mango: It’s important to use a sharp thin-bladed knife. First, cut off both ends of the fruit. Then place fruit on the counter, flat end down, and using knife, peel the skin off from top to bottom along curvature of the fruit. Then cut fruit into slices by carving lengthwise along the pit. The pit is huge!
Mango Soup
Ingredients:
1 large mango, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon grass, chopped
1 large pinch cayenne
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger
1-3/4 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Instructions:
Place the mango in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times. Add: lemongrass, ginger, cayenne, and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Process until completely smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, and add the rest of the chicken broth. Stir well. Add the yogurt and stir again. Chill, and garnish with cilantro before serving.
Makes six servings. Approximately 50 calories per serving!
faTual faToids: Fun mango facts to toss around the dinner table while you’re enjoying your delicious Mango Soup!
Mangoes are known as “the apple of the tropics.”
More fresh mangoes are eaten world-wide than any other fruit.
Indian villagers believe that when a son is born, mango trees grow new leaves. So they use leaves to decorate their doorways and announce the happy event to the world.
Mango leaves are also used at wedding ceremonies to ensure that the newlyweds will bear children.
On holy days, Hindus use mango twigs to brush their teeth.
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Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Is “The Biggest Loser” making us fatter?

This Beliefnet blogger wants to know, “How do you know when you are sated?”
While leading an amazing Our Lady of Weight Loss enLIGHTens Workshop, I tossed the following question out to my group. “How do you know when you are sated?”
The question was met with silence and blank stares.
I took in a deep breath and again, thinking that just maybe they didn’t hear me, asked,
“How do you know when you are sated?”
To be clear, the group was comprised of highly intelligent and aware people. Had I been administering a vocabulary test, I am sure that they would have instantly been able to define ‘sated.’
However, in the context of this weight loss workshop conversation, they were clearly befuddled. The synapses were not quite connecting.
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Rather than move towards insanity, I changed the question.
“How do you know when you are full? You know, how do you know when it is time to stop eating?”
The light returned to people’s eyes … “Ohhhhh … how do I know when to stop eating? That’s easy!”

“When my upper lip is numb, I know it is time to stop eating ice cream.”
“When my plate is empty.”
“When I can’t breathe any more.”
“When I feel sick.”
“When I’m out of money.”
“When other people are done.”
“When my anxiety decreases.”
“When the bag is empty.”
“When the Biggest Loser is over.”

“When the Biggest Loser is over?” I wanted to make sure that I’d heard this correctly.
A resounding “yes” from the crowd. One after the other these workshop participants boldly and courageously stepped forward and confessed that it is their ritual to gather the snacks and sodas before their beloved show airs, eat their way through the show, and when it is over, yes – that is their signal to stop eating. When The Biggest Loser is over they are “sated.”
I’m not surprised that we as an obese nation are more influenced by the environment, by external cues than whether we are actually hungry. Most of the signals from our society tell us to eat and eat some more. I’m not shocked that the start of a television show means ‘start eating’ and that the end of the shows translates into ‘stop eating.’ But The Biggest Loser?
There is paradox written all over The Biggest Loser.
Is there really a winner if you are a loser?
Does focusing on weight loss turn our thoughts to food and these thoughts trigger eating?
Does watching the show bring up feelings of hopelessness? After all, the people who ‘win,’ win in a controlled environment. How can you make it on your own?
Does watching the show feel like a first step forward toward your weight loss goals? Do you ‘deserve’ a reward for this step? The reward being food?
Does The Biggest Loser satisfy?
How do you know when you are sated?

I invite you to comment below.
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Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Calvin Klein Billboard – unbuttoned, unzipped: Gone too far?

I woke up to a lot of hubbub about the inescapable – no way you can miss it – massively huge in size and message – Calvin Klein billboard displayed on Lafayette and Houston Streets in SoHo (NYC) today.
Unbuttoned, unzipped, it features a topless young woman, a bare-chested boy and another shirtless male. The models are positioned in what appears to be a threesome, and the imagery implies that a foursome is imminent.
People are saying that it’s borderline pornography, others say that at the very least it’s inappropriate. Some New Yorkers think that Calvin Klein has taken it too far. And perhaps they are right. Has Calvin crossed the line?
For me, the advertisement brought up other issues. Possible pornography aside, this ad not only says that our bodies have to be perfectly air-brushed, and that you’re old at 30, never mind 50, but now, in addition, I have to be in bed with at least two other people, preferably three, to feel sexy and enjoy life.
It took me a minute or two to find center and come back to being absolutely fine with my body, my age, and my monogamous lifestyle. And you, how does the advertisement ‘hit’ you?
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Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Food Inc.: The Food Industry and You. A Wake Up Video.

Food, Inc. is a mind-blowing, stomach-twisting, eye-opening and ultimately heart-breaking film. See it – today! Filmmaker Robert Kenner ‘lifts the veil’ on our nation’s food industry. Our food supply is now controlled by a handful of for-big-profit corporations who seem to be far more concerned about making money than our health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of their workers or our environment. This film is more than horrifying scenes of overcrowded slaughterhouses, where animals are forced to graze in pools of their own manure. This movie, for me, is about our most basic rights.We are being just as manipulated by the largest corporations as the food we are being sold. Wake up!

The manipulation of foods and the feeding of livestock have manifested bigger-breasted chickens. 50 years ago it took 70 days to raise a chicken to slaughter. Today it takes 48. It’s unnatural. The country’s top four meatpackers control 80 percent of the beef market. One single fast-food burger might have come from 400 different cows.The gut of a cow fed on corn breeds the deadliest strains of E. coli, a harmful bacteria that makes an estimated 73,000 Americans sick annually; including the tragic death of Barbara Kowalcyk’s young son Kevin, who died from e coli earlier this decade from an outwardly harmless fast food burger.Farmers are subsidized to overproduce corn, which then goes into Coke, Sweet & Low, diapers, Motrin and cattle feed. Obesity is at epidemic proportions, and diabetes is on the rise among children and adults alike.

You will be shocked to learn about what you eat, how it is produced and who we, as a nation, have become. Our freedoms are being taken away from us. Open your eyes. 10 things YOU CAN do! (source: foodincmovie.com) 1 . Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).2. Eat at home instead of eating out.Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.3. Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.5. Meatless Mondays–Go without meat one day a week.An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.Farmer’s markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.8. Make a point to know where your food comes from–READ LABELS.The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees.More food for thought:Reduce Belly Fat: The Happiness DietFood News from the Patron Saint of BBQEat More: Weigh LessSpread the word … NOT the icing,Janice———————————-Follow Janice on Twitter:Facebook! Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine

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