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International Sushi Day: ‘Diet’ food that makes us fat?

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Would you prefer knowing the truth or living in ignorance?
Assuming knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss, which would you prefer – power or bliss? Here follows ‘the truth about Sushi!’ from Janice Taylor, Beliefnet.com Sushi Lover.
As far as Sushi goes, I was (was being the operative word here) truly happy living in ignorance. In fact, just this past week, I had a night of ‘let go’ at my favorite Japanese restaurant.
Roll after roll – spicy tuna roll, shrimp tempura roll – dragon roll – Alaska roll – Boston roll -bottle of unfiltered Sake after bottle of filtered Sake from dry to sweet – mysteriously arrived at our table. It was a gastronomical, as well as social pleasure. One big blissful, ignorant YUM!
Yes, I was clear on the fact that I’d well exceeded my usual daily caloric intake, however, I rationalized that sushi is a low-fat diet food – and that it couldn’t be too bad!
The very next day, coincidentally, Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal, handed me an ‘everything you need to know about sushi’ article, which set forth, under no uncertain terms, the truth about sushi.
So before you read on – know this. If you are ordering any kind of ‘fancy’ roll – large size rolls, rolls of spiciness, or fried rolls (duh!) – any kind of Sushi roll that has been ‘Americanized’ – you are ingesting more calories and fat than you may have thought.
“Sushi for dieters: Japanese isn’t always great for you. Here’s how to order smart.” Source: Health magazine, June 2007
1. SOY SAUCE – [1 Tbsp.]
* Calories: 8
* Fat: 0g
* Protein: 1g
* Sodium: 902mg
* Smart move – cut 302 milligrams of sodium by choosing low-sodium soy
2. IMITATION WASABI – [1 Tbsp.] I didn’t even know that imitation existed?!)
* Calories: 7
* Fat: 0g
* Protein: 0g
* Sodium: 100mg
* Smart move – ask for the real thing. Imitation can contain oil, sorbitol [a sugar],
and lactose
3. SHRIMP TEMPURA ROLL – [6-8 pieces]
* Calories: 508 per roll (HOLY COW!!!)
* Fat: 21g
* Protein: 20g
* Sodium: 210mg
* Smart move: For crunch, skip the tempura and get a roll with fish raw
[only 20 calories a tablespoon]
4. SPICY TUNA ROLL – [6-8 pieces]
* Calories: 290 per roll
* Fat: 11g
* Protein: 24g
* Sodium: – 53mg
* Smart move: If you order it mayo-free, you will save about 30 calories and
3 grams of fat.
LIGHTER PICKS
5. TUNA SASHIMI – [I ounce]
* Calories: 40
* Fat: 1,4g
* Protein: 6,6g
* Sodium: – 11mg
* Good bet: You will get all the flavor without the carbs from the rice.
6. CUCUMBER ROLL – [6-8 pieces]
* Calories: 137 per roll
* Fat: 0g
* Protein: 3,5g
* Sodium: – 21mg
* Good bet: The veggies in this roll add tasty, low-cal crunch.
7. CALIFORNIA ROLL – [6-8 pieces]
* Calories: 255 per roll
* Fat: 7g
* Protein: 9g
* Sodium: – 49mg
* This popular, yummy selection is both high in protein and low in fat.
8. Picked Ginger (5 slices)
* Calories: 9
* Fat: 9 g
* Protein: 9 g
* Sodium: 1 g
To add some perspective on this, remember, I did permanently remove 50 pounds almost 8 years ago, so I’d have to say my ‘lost let-it-all-go sushi dinners’ every so often, not very often, didn’t matter in the big picture. Having my sake night off did not send me off onto a 10-year detour.
However, now that I know how many calories are in a shrimp tempura roll, will I ever be able to order one again … at least, without great debate and awareness?
I suspect I will shift to the sashimi side of life – and feel powerful in my knowledge.
NOTE: Sushi is a Japanese food that features individual pieces of raw fish on top of little delicious mounds of vinegar-seasoned rice. Sashimi is simply slices of raw fish (often salmon and tuna).
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Janice

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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 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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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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Follow Janice on Twitter:
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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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