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Linen Closet Nirvana: Toss and Breathe

Chock-A-Block With the Torn and Tattered by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser.
Is your linen closet stuffed to the max? Is it chock-a-block with a large collection of mismatched, discolored and torn linens? Is it so jam-packed that when you pull on the placemats or tug on a towel everything comes tumbling down upon your head? OUCH!
Guilty on all counts here, and truthfully, it’s sapping my energy. Last night, I spent 15 fruitless minutes searching for a tablecloth, which I ultimately could not put my fingers on. Instead I came across cloth napkins that I have been holding on to for decades.
What to do? Dump, sort, toss and breathe!

Six Simple Steps to Linen Closet Nirvana


1. Get Messy Missy: Sometimes you’ve got to create a bigger mess to clean a mess. Pull it all out. Yup, every bit of it. It’s easier to sort through when it’s all right out in front of you and doing so is absolutely necessary to complete step two in this process. (see below). Bonus … Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the missing socks that got tossed in with the sheets in the wash!
2. Do the Dust and Scrub: Sorry, I know you want to get this done fast, but honestly, it makes sense to dust the shelves, vacuum the floor and then give it all a once over with a damp rag, doesn’t it? I don’t even want to admit to the last time I did so! (Depending on the type of shelves, you may want to lay contact paper. Optional. Your call.)
3. Divide and Conquer: Sort bed linens (twin, full, queen or king size); towels by color and size; tablecloths and placemats; cloth napkins. Toss anything that you haven’t used in over a year and/or those items that are looking sad (stained, worn, torn).
4. Avoid Second Guessing: You are now at the precipice of orderliness and tidiness. This is tough part (for me anyway). As mentioned (above), those cloth tie-dyed napkins that I’ve been lugging around are clearly older than my one year rule, but so much older that it seems sacrilegious to toss them. Where was I when I purchased them? Who was I with? Why is this memory worth holding on to? (Yikes! Now that I realize with whom I bought them with and where I was in 1973, out they go!)
5. The Final Frontier: It’s time to put it all away, and we want to be careful not to create towers of towels that could at any moment, tumble, once again upon our heads. I highly recommend a trip to The Container Store for shelving dividers and whatever other organization supplies you feel to invest in! Be sure to measure first! And remember that there’s nothing better than fresh smelling linen (well, maybe there is something better; but not having to do with linen closets). If your closet is cram-packed, you will actually create a stale smell (Yuk!). Linens need air, space to breathe, otherwise you run the risk of mildew and mustiness.
6. Take a Bow and Get Out of the Closet: You did it! You cleaned out your closet; got rid of the old and the excess. What a good feeling!
Tasty Tidbit: Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home. ~ National Soap & Detergent Assoc.

Orderliness is next to Godliness. ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss

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Floss and Brush: Lower Real Age by 6.4 Years & Lose Weight

Your Mouth: Gateway to Weight Loss by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50-pound big-time-loser
Flossing and brushing promote weight loss. Taste and food particles linger in your mouth and can trigger the desire to eat. If you can’t brush and floss when out, try rinsing with mouthwash. Get in there, clean those teeth and trick your taste buds!
There are plenty of other benefits from good dental care.
Harvard Medical School conducted a study on longevity and found one of the key contributing factors to living longer was daily flossing! According to a study at Harvard Medical School, flossing and brushing your teeth daily can lower your Real Age as much as 6.4 years. They are not sure why. It could be that the bacteria in plaque serves as a gateway to the rest of the body, or it could be that people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don’t.
William West, DDS of New York City reminds us that “Flossing is one of the best weapons against tooth decay and gum disease, and it can also eliminate bad breath. It’s well worth the effort.”
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Janice

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I See the Weigh-In Lite

Do you have scalophobia? By Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author and 50 pound big-time-loser.
My friend, Maggie told me that one of two things happen when she gets on the scale. If she’s lost weight, she says, “Yeah!” and eats. If she gains weight, she says, “Why bother.” And eats. Clearly, Maggie should not weigh herself daily; perhaps not even weekly!
What does the scale measure?
Do you know what the scales really measure – scientifically that is? Every object in the universe with mass attracts every other object with mass. (Some more massive than others!) Therefore, there is a pull – a force – an attraction (even better) between you and the Earth.
Your bathroom scale measures that force of attraction and that force is called your weight! If you look at it in those terms, it takes the emphasis off fat and puts it on gravitational pull. Nowhere in scientific date – that I could find – does it state that the scale measures hideous fat. It is only a number, and I realized that I didn’t have to be in a twist over the attraction between the Earth and me. After all, I am happy to be considered attractive.
Let’s promise here and now that we’re not going to get fixated on the numbers. The turtle wins this race and numbers fluctuate with the wind. Seriously, even the weather can make you retain water!
Nevertheless, statistics show that people who weigh themselves regularly not only lose weight faster, but keep it off longer.
How often should we weigh-in and what is the best way to weigh-in?
If you are like me – the kind of person who allows the number on the scale to dictate the mood of the day, then only weigh yourself once a week and on a day when no one is depending upon you in any big way. In other words, weigh-in day is not the day to dispense life advice or operate heavy equipment.
And remember, only weigh yourself first thing in the morning, after you ‘relieve’ yourself, before coffee, and NAKED, of course. Every ounce counts.
And for goodness sake, find the right spot. Tiled floors offer varied readings, depending on the dip of the tile. Take advantage of that dip – find the lowest point, and leave your scale there!
Tasty Tidbit:
If you are weighing-in at one of those group meetings and have had a ‘bad’ week, consider putting together a light weigh-in outfit, including the lightest underwear possible! Here follows a chart courtesy of HerRoom Lingerie.
Average weights of underwear styles:
Underwear Style / Weight
Water bra / 1.00 lb.
Padded underwire bra / .40 lb.
Underwire bra / .35 lb.
Softcup bra / .30 lb.
Full panty / .20 lb.
Bikini panty / .10 lb.
Thong / .05 lb.

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Janice

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Culinary Bombshell: Toss Conventional Cooking Wisdom Out Your Window NOW! (recipes included)

ART squash.jpgHow to Get the Most Antioxidant Bang Out of Your Veggie Buck, written and illustrated by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author and 50-pound big-time-loser.
While many people are true believers in the power of the raw food, mind-twisting news from researchers in Italy, one of the top culinary capitals of the world, encourages us to boil, steam and even fry our veggies (although, truly, I don’t know if I can go there, however heavy in antioxidants).
The study, which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, compared these various cooking methods on zucchini, carrots and broccoli and found that cooking increased certain antioxidants that are crucial to fighting disease.
So, put on your chef’s hat and funky apron, get out your steamers and sauté pans, and get ready to cook up some carrots, zucchini and broccoli!
Broccoli
For best antioxidant boost: Boil or Steam
Resulting in a 31 percent increase in gluocosinolates, which prevents certain types of cancer, as well as a 32 percent increase in carotenoids, which boosts Vitamin A production.
Blessed Broccoli (from the book, Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal)
Ingredients:
Lemon herb pepper
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (try white wine fig, my latest obsession)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions:
Steam broccoli.
Toss all ingredients together.
Enjoy!
Carrots
For best antioxidant boost: Fry or Steam
Resulting in a 61 percent increase in caffeic acid, which fights certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Spiritual Carrot Stir Fry
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium carrots, cut into strips
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
soy sauce, low-sodium
Directions:
In large skillet or wok, heat oil. Stir fry vegetables until tender, yet crisp; approximately 6 minutes. Add ginger and soy sauce to taste.
Zucchini
For best antioxidant boost: Boil or Steam
Resulting in a 20 percent increase in beta-carotein (a carotenoid), resulting in Vitamin A production.
Zealous Zucchini
Ingredients:
2 medium zucchinis
6 whole gloves of garlic (or more; as many as you like … if you love garlic, go for it!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Trim ends from zucchini; cut each zucchini into long 1/8″ to 1/4″ inch strips; as skinny as you can.
Place zucchini and whole cloves of garlic in steam basket.
Place steam in pot.
Steam until zucchini is semi-soft.
Put zucchini in a bowl.
Mash the garlic.
Place in bowl with zucchini.
Drizzle with a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
Salt and pepper to taste.
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Janice

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