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Shells, Penne, Spirals-Oh My! 3 Righteous Recipes from Our Lady’s Kitchen.

I heart pasta! I do!! By Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader & 50-pound Big-Time-Loser!

Fun Factoid: Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States, he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples

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Some of you who are out there traversing the Diet Jungle, may have heard that carbs are ‘bad,’ that pasta is ‘real bad,’ and that if you want lose weight that you better lay off, steer clear of, give up pasta!
“Hogwash,” I say. You can lose weight and have your pasta, too!
Here follow my three favorite all-time easy, healthy and fun whole wheat pasta recipes from Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kitchen. Yup, whole wheat!!!! Healthy pasta.
Greek Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1/4 lb. dried whole wheat Fiber Wise* pasta, shell shaped
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup cucumbers, de-seeded, sliced
1/2 cup Green Pitted Colossal Greek Olives
4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup green onions, sliced oh so thin
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice from 1 fresh lemon
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
Salt NOT necessary, as olives and feta cheese are salty enough!
Instructions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Combine with rest of the ingredients. Fold, blend, mix gently.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Italian Pasta Salad
Ingredients
1 box whole wheat Fiber Wise* pasta spirals
1 jar roasted red peppers
2 cups broccoli florets, steamed (slightly)
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
virgin olive oil, drizzle (1/4 cup or less)
balsamic vinegar (less than 1/4 cup) to taste
pepper
Instructions:
Cook pasta according to directions on box
Slice peppers into strips.
Steam Broccoli florets.
Steam broccoli, only cook for a couple of minutes, then submerge in ice water to stop the cooking process.
Add feta cheese.
Drizzle olive oil, easy cowgirl!
Toss in fresh basil.
Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar to taste
Marinate for an hour or two * YUM.
Makes 8 servings.
Baked Pasta Salad a la Our Lady
Ingredients:
1 package (16 ounces) uncooked whole wheat Fiber Wise* penne
1 container (15 ounces) low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 jars marinara sauce (26 oz.) (read label – no more than 60 calories per serving)
1 bag (12 oz) shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13X9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to box; drain
Beat egg whites and egg vigorously!
Mix in ricotta, parmesan
Fold in eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Pour 2 cups marinara sauce over bottom of prepared pan
Spoon half of cooked pasta over sauce
Top with half of ricotta mixture and 1 cup mozzarella
Repeat layers of marinara sauce, pasta and ricotta mixture.
Top with 1/2 the bag of mozzarella, remaining marinara sauce and then finally the last of the mozzarella.
Cover with foil; bake about 1 hour or until bubbly. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is yum-delicious melted.
Let it “breathe” for 10 minutes or so before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
*Why Fiber Wise? Because it’s delicious, healthy and received a very high rating from NutritionData.com!
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Janice

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Eleven Tips: Move Past Depression NOW!

Depression and Your Weight by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser.
I know from first hand experience that depression can move someone toward food. (Yes, this ‘happy idiot’ has had bouts of depression.) And I know – again from first hand experience – that ‘eating for depression’ is counter-productive and counter-intuitive. Gaining weight only serves to intensity the depression and add to feelings of worthlessness. So, I put together a list of relatively simple things that help to alleviate depression. Woo Hoo! Let’s MOVE (literally) past depression, NOW!

Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Top Eleven Enthusiastic and Enlivening Ways to Move Past Depression and Straight Into the “Lite”

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 alleviateing 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!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Miracle Pears – Always Delicious and Nutritious

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She’s Got Quite a Pear! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser!!

But square-cut or pear-shape, these rocks don’t lose their shape!
~ Leo Robin (1900-1984), U.S. songwriter. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,”


Thanks to the miracles of modern science, effective storage methods and swift modes of transport, pears are no longer only available in fall and winter. They are a serve ‘em up friendly – year round – summer, spring, winter and fall – fruit.
There are 5,000 varieties of pears grown worldwide, almost 1,000 varieties grown in the U.S., but we most likely encounter only six or seven commercially grown pears.
Eighty-four percent of our pears are grown in Oregon and Washington. The combination of the volcanic soil and clean mountain water, coupled with the warm days and cool nights of spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest make this region the ideal growing environment.
Bartletts are green-speckled and smooth-skinned. They turn yellow as they ripen. Bartletts are good to just eat and/or to bake.
Bosc pears are brown-skinned and have distinctive, long, tapering necks and fat bottoms. They’re sweet, aromatic and are recommended for eating, baking and poaching.
Comice and Seckel pears are harder to come by but worth the effort. The French refer to the Comice as the Queen of Pears – need I say more! She is large, roundish, covered in a thick yellow-green skin with patches of russet. Some consider her the best eating variety. Seckels are small and brown-skinned, with a faint red blush and are generally a cooking pear.
Anjou pears are egg-shaped and their skins are a greenish-yellow color freckled with brown spots. Anjous are great for eating and cooking, and generally available until June.
Pears are loaded with Vitamin C, a good source of the B-complex vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, iodine, and dietary fiber, and a good-sized pear is a bargain at 100 calories. Pears contain about 16 percent carbohydrate and negligible amounts of fat and protein.
Their skin, a delicious source of fiber, provides 5.1 grams or 20% of the recommended daily fiber value. And the skin is rich with phytonutrients.
Did you know that pears are unique in that they best ripen best off the tree? (This was news to me. I’m always squeezing fruit at the market, looking for the ripe ones!) Pears should be ripened after purchase.
Pears (with the exception of Bartlett) do not change color as they ripen. The best way to know if these pears are ripe is to apply gentle pressure to the stem end of the pear with your thumb (a.k.a. the neck). If it yields a bit, it’s ready to eat.
So, if you’re sitting with a bunch of hard pears, put them in a paper bag or covered fruit bowl. Leave at room temperature. Check their ‘necks’ every day. When they yield to the touch, they’re ready.
Once, ripened, if you want to store your pears, put them in your fridge. They should stay fresh for 3 to 5 days.
Righteous Recipe:
Grilled Pears
Ingredients: 4 pears * 1/4 cup light brown sugar * 1 teaspoon nutmeg * 1 teaspoon cinnamon * 2 teaspoons butter * 1/3 cup water
Instructions: Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise; remove core – set aside. * In large skillet – over low to medium flame – combine butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. * Drizzle water as it mixes. * When it covers the bottom of the pan, place pears, cut side down. * Grill until pears are tender – about 10 minutes or so.
Note: When cooking pears, it’s best to remove the skin – even though they are loaded with vitamins – because the skin tends to get tough during the cooking process.
LINKS:
Fresh pears, cheese and wine: A Tasty Tradition.
When is a Californian Bartlett ready to eat?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Get Jiggy: Blow the Fat Cells Out of Your Mind

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This digitally enhanced collage (now jigsaw puzzle) entitled Blow the Fat Cells Out of My Mind was created by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound BIG-Time-LOSER!!!!
Janice tells us, “I permanently removed over 50 pounds 7 years ago. My strongest ‘weapon of FAT destruction’ was and IS my brain. When you feed yourself with positive imagery, thoughts, feelings and love, the fat easily and effortlessly melts away. My fat ratio is: 70:30 – It’s 70% the mind, 30% food, strategy, planning and exercise.”
Spread the word, NOT the icing,
Janice

Write Janice for free ‘life’ consult!
Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts. tips and motivation throughout the day!
Workshops! Come, play with me!
Free Our Lady of Weight Loss E-Cards! Spread the FUN word!
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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