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Comfort Food: Mango Mania

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Rejoice the Mango! from Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger
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!
Righteous Recipe ~ 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!
Table Talk: Fun mango factoids 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.
Spread the word, not the icing!
Janice

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It’s about your life, not your fat.

A number of readers have asked me for more details about my travels on the rocky road to Sveltesville, wanting me to further share my secrets that led me from a size 18 to a size 4, and how I came to write the best permanent fat removal book ever, All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltsville.
My story is not your typical fat-to-thin story and my book is not your typical diet book. We’re talkin’ permanent fat removal here (if you lose it, you may find it).
One day I woke up FAT! I mean really FAT. by Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger
To be clear, it wasn’t the first time that I’d woken up FAT. In fact, I was born FAT. I was the only baby in the hospital nursery to gain weight (babies traditionally lose an ounce or two their first week on the planet – but not me)! An ominous sign! And by the time second grade rolled around, I weighed-in at 112 pounds. YIKES! It was Yo-Yo City from there on in.
Now back to the future … THE morning of ALL mornings!
On this history making morning, when I woke up fat, I was discombobulated (more than usual). So, after my shower, instead of grabbing the towel and then my glasses, I grabbed my glasses and passed a full-length mirror on the way to the towel.
Get the picture? I did!
I was shocked to see that my fat roll had grown its own fat roll. The unexpected truth was undeniably right smack dab in front of me. I could no longer ignore the fact that the fat monster had once again taken over. I had to stop HIM in his tracks!
So, right then and there (after I painstakingly picked out the lightest weigh-in outfit I could find), I dragged myself to one of those weight loss centers where people obsess about food and the scale. (You know the place I’m talking about, yes?) I was depressed, defeated and deprived before I even weighed-in (sound familiar?); and then, when I did weigh in … Whoa Nelly! Tears came to my eyes. It was, indeed, my highest number ever.
I joined the group for the lecture. As the tears made their way down my cheek, I thought, “I’m never going to make it.” That’s when I heard the voice, which I later came to realize was the voice of Our Lady of Weight Loss. She said, “If you think you’re never going to make it, you never will.” Now, I suppose we all pretty much know that our actions follow our thoughts, but when Our Lady spoke those words to me, it felt as though I had been hit over the head with a Zen celery stick. I was AWAKENED!
I shifted from deep despair to happy in a millisecond! I was excited! Our Lady of Weight Loss had snap-crackle-popped my mind into a new place. I had a deep and powerful understanding that I no longer needed to be depressed, hate myself or be mean to myself over extra fat cells – or over a number on the scale. I let it go. And when I let it go … when I stopped being mean to myself … when I practiced forgiveness, I was able to move on!
I was able to move towards my compelling future.
Have you ever watched an Olympic swimmer push off the side of the pool? It is quite amazing, isn’t it? The thrust, the power, their determination is enormous. Often the strength of this one solitary push can propel the Olympian right straight into the middle of the Olympic sized pool.
When we decide to go on a ‘diet,’ we essentially push off from the side of the ‘pool of discontent.’ We gather a vast amount of energy from not liking ourselves, being disgusted, and ashamed of how we look. We don’t like ourselves. No, we sure don’t.
Sometimes this energy takes us half way to our goal weight. Sometimes all the way … 10, 20, 30, 100, 200 pounds lost. Then what?
Unlike the Olympic swimmer who has a plan; who is moving toward her big win; who sees herself as a champion and knows with every cell and fiber of her being that she is the victor, we only know ourselves to be losers. We are basing this attempt on past attempts to lose, which have failed.
It is easy to get lost if you don’t know where you are going.
If you want to be victorious at the game of Permanent Fat Removal, then you need to have a compelling future. You need to know where you are going; what you want; what removing those pounds means. The diet and exercise plans do not live alone. This is a holistic event. It’s about your life, not your fat.
I will leave you with this … one final thought.
EVOLVE, don’t just improve!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice
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Go Retro * Cool Down * Save Money (plus bonus video)

Heat Be Gone!This Beliefnet Blogger is too young to remember :) but …Once upon a time, many years ago, there were no air-conditioners. (I can hear the gasps!) It’s true. No air-conditioners! How did ‘they’ get through the dog-days of summer and oh… those steamy hot nights?

faToid: Most people sweat at 78 degrees!

Seven Sinfully Simple and Scintillating Summertime Strategies to Beat the Heat and Save Money & Energyby Janice Taylor

White Rice to the Rescue: Dense and starchy, rice ‘holds’ cold for a long period of time. So … get those cotton socks out of the dresser, fill them up with white rice, tie the end in a knot and freeze for two hours before bedtime. Then … slide them under the sheets. Oh Baby …. Cool down as you turn hot to steamy!Catch an Island Breeze: Fill a shallow bowl with ice, place it in front of the fan and strategically stand or sit in front of it. The perfect ice melts: you cool ratio. Thermal Regulation: Keep a water-filled spray bottle or two in your fridge. It makes for a most excellent portable cooling device; you can spritz and spray anywhere. Bring one for a loved one. Lest, they keep borrowing yours! Send Chilling Messages: Start icing, spritzing and cooling your wrists first, followed quickly by your feet. Thus, you start cooling down the blood that flows through your veins. The blood vessels will send ‘chilling’ messages throughout your body.Cool Down with Hot Stuff: Hot chili peppers (and other spicy foods) contain a chemical compound called capsaicin. This spicy devil helps us to sweat. The sweat evaporates and we cool down. Bottoms Up: With all that sweating going on, be careful to replenish your liquids! Best sources are water (duh) and water-filled foods. Watermelon has more water content than any other food out there! (See watermelon straight-up.)Kitchen Closed: Do not even think about turning on the oven. Opt for summer salads. They are water filled, so they keep you hydrated and they are easy to digest. And in the cool of the night, get the grill a’going. When the sun is down, grill up extra fruits and veggies for the next day!Spread the word (NOT the icing!),JaniceFor more summertime recipes, check out these Soul Satisfying Summer Recipes.Join the Kick in the Tush Club!AND … pick up a copy of the best permanent fat removal book ever, All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journal to Sveltsville.

Creative Acts of Health & Wellness: Stir It Up Happy at the Work Place

Be an angel, would ya’? Spread the word (not the icing!).
by Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger
A Creative Act of Health and Wellness is something that we do that brings health and wellness into our lives and into the lives of others.
Once a week, I’ll toss out a couple of fun things that we can do to spread the healthy word (NOT the icing).
This week’s Creative Acts of Health and Wellness Menu centers around the office! Things we can do to add energy, color and fun to our work place.
STIR IT UP Happy in the Work Place
The Scoop …
Eating one ounce of protein rich almonds per day can help to maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Calorie count: 160 (approximately 23 almonds)
The Spread …
Buy a few ounces of almonds. Count out one-ounce portions (approx. 23). Place almonds in little plastic baggies along with “The Scoop” and keep handy for the 3 p.m. slump! You’ll be the most popular person in the office.

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The Scoop …
Get yourself a whole watermelon. Leave it on the office kitchen counter for 5 days and watch the lycopene and beta-carotene levels rise by nearly 20%!
The Spread …
Bring in a whole watermelon to work on Monday. Place a sign next to it: This watermelon’s lycopene and beta-carotene levels increase 4% per day. To be cut and shared on Friday! Woo Hoo! Give everyone something to look forward to! Calorie count: 1/16 of a watermelon is approximately 90 calories.

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The Scoop . . .
Inspiring words motivate. According to Psychological Science, simply reading an inspiring word can energize and motivate us to move forward.
The Spread . . .
Write up a weekly list of ‘good’ words and use them as often as you can in your inter-office memos. Watch the energy levels rise around you. You can share the words with others and make a game of it or just quietly add these positive words to your memos and e-mails and watch the positive energy spread!
Here are a few words to get you started!
Amazing, dream, imagine, curious, wonder, joy.
Calorie count: zero
Joy count: infinite

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Please let us know how you are spreading the health and wellness word! What’s your favorite Creative Act of Health & Wellness?
Spread the word (NOT the icing!),
Janice
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If you’ve tried the rest and are lookin’ for the BEST – pick up a copy of All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville.
“. . . . kooky genius.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“. . . . one fry short of a Happy Meal – and it all makes sense.” Chicago Daily Herald
“. . . . profound.” WCBS Radio

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