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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.
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Restless Nights: Morning Heart Attacks and Strokes

ART sacred snooze.jpgSleeping Keeps Your Heart Healthy written and illustrated by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50-pound big-time-loser.
Heart attacks and strokes are more likely to happen during early morning hours.
What’s your risk for early morning heart attack? For a period of twenty years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the connection between a poor night’s sleep and heart attacks and strokes. During those two decades, 295 heart attacks occurred in the women’s group and 85 in the men’s.
Women who slept less than 5 hours a night were found to be 3 times more likely to have a heart attack than women who slept 5 to 9 hours. The women who slept MORE than 9 hours were at risk as well. Men showed less significant results.
While You Are Sleeping . . . your brain is hard at work developing new neuro-pathways that are essential to learning, creating memories and a-Ha moments (a.k.a. insights).
Sleep gives your heart and vascular system a much needed and deserved rest. Your heart rate and blood pressure gradually slow down as you enter non-REM sleep, a deeper sleep state. Followed by REM sleep, where your heart rate and blood pressure have elevated spikes of activity. Overall, during a good night’s sleep, your heart rate and blood pressure dip by about ten percent.
The All Important Dip. Without the dip, your are more likely to experience strokes, chest pain known as angina, an irregular heartbeat, develop cardiovascular disease and/or heart attacks.
The Stress Hormones. Lack of sleep stresses the body and may stimulate a stress response, resulting in the production of more adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones during waking hours. These hormones add to the likelihood that of your blood pressure not dipping during sleep, thereby increasing heart disease. In addition, cortisol has been linked to that spare tire that you’re carrying around your middle!
Having Trouble Sleeping?
• Limit your caffeine intake (coffee, tea and chocolate!).
• Limit alcohol and do not drink right before bedtime. It may make you sleepy, but alcohol interferes with REM sleep.
• Create a relaxing bedtime ritual: aromatherapy, meditate, think healthy thoughts.
• Take a hot bath, breathe deep, listen to restful music. Perhaps the sounds of nature.
• Eliminate nighttime worry. Shelve the negative thoughts for the next day! (Believe me, they will be there, waiting for you!)
• Take your siesta early in the day, not too close to nighttime.
• Add the following fruits to your food plan: papaya, banana, strawberries, sweet cherries, oranges, mangoes, pineapple.
• Sleep on your right side or on your back. It can add years to your life! Sleeping on the left side adds pressure and if you are overweight, that much more!
Tasty Tidbits:
Those who sleep less than four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who sleep seven to nine hours.
In 1910, most people slept 9 hours a night, as compared to today’s 7 hours a night. More than one-third of us report daytime sleepiness, so intense that it interferes with work and/or our social lives.
To avoid wrinkles, sleep on your back!
New Point of View: A good night’s rest honors the body and helps it to merrily move along during the day!
Spread the word, NOT the icing,
Janice

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Crumbs Count: If you don’t believe me, just ask your thighs.

Who’s Foolin’ Who? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50 pounds big-time-loser.
Crumbs Count
A bunch of years ago I stumbled upon Nancy, the star of Ernie Bushmiller’s comic strip of the same name, “Nancy.” As I remember it, Nancy was pictured with a box of cookies in one hand and a hammer in the other. Her aunt was yelling from another room. “Don’t spoil your appetite. Dinner will be ready soon.” To which Nancy replied, “I’m only eating the crumbs.”
I carried this image with me and laughed whenever I was carefully creating crumbs! Crumb cake, being an easy favorite. Cutting slivers of cake so thin that they fall apart. I was really good at the crumb thing!
And then one day … the truth roundly adhered itself to my thighs! Even if I’m not counting crumbs, my body is! After all, It comes complete with a built-in calorie-calculator – no extra charge!

A Baker’s Dozen: Who’s Foolin’ Who Compilation of Things We Put Into the Don’t Count Column that Do Count
1. Crumbs don’t count.
2. Eating while standing up, doesn’t count.
3. It’s only one bite.
4. I won’t eat the whole thing.
5. Just this one time.
6. I deserve it.
7. It’s a celebration.
8. I don’t want to hurt my mother’s (my sister, my friend, my boss’s) feelings.
9. Samples at the supermarket are unexpected. Surprise!!
10. Licking doesn’t count.
11. It’s free.
12. They’re eating it.
13. Life’s short.

These ‘thoughts’ might not hold much power on the page in this moment, but when you are of the mind to eat something, they may seem perfectly rational.
There is an infinite assortment of circumstances in which we encourage ourselves to tell little white lies in the Land of Weight Loss (note I did not say Permanent Fat Removal; because there is no need to lie to oneself in the Land of PFR).
In the face of food, fooling oneself, lying to oneself may seem easier, but in the end you are planting seeds of unhappiness, guilt, and well – fat cells! Fat cells in your mind as well as your body.
Tell the truth! Say what you will, you can’t fool your inner calorie-counter!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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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The Secret to My 50 Pound Success: Showing Up

How Will YOU Show Up Today? A weighty question from Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50-pound big-time-loser.
People want to know, “What’s your secret to success? How did you manage to permanently remove (a.k.a. lose weight) over 50 pounds of excess weight? What do you eat?”
Truthfully, while food is a consideration, the secret to my successful weight loss plan is less about my food plan and more about how I show up.
The first thing I do each and every day (ok, after I go to the bathroom and make coffee) is to sit down at my desk with one of my favorite pens in hand and write in my “Showing Up” journal.
I invite you to SHOW UP. Here’s how …
Pull together a variety of fabulous pens, front fat to thin, filled with black, blue and red ink, the colors of the rainbow. And one notebook that feels right; from leather bound to a 99 cent composition notebook.
In the morning, before too much thought has flooded your mind, take a minute or two to find a comfortable place to sit, preferably the same quiet and contemplative place each day.
Take your best pen in hand (varies day to day). Bring your attention to your fingers. Become aware of the feel of the pen, relax your muscles, and carefully write in your ‘best’ (whatever that means to you) penmanship, connecting to each and every word “How … WILL … I … Show … Up … Today?”
How WILL I Show Up Today? is a very powerful question. There’s no yes or no in it; there’s no right or wrong in it. And on a subconscious level, the words WILL I … imply that you will yourself to and you will … show up … today. The writing of the question taps into your subconscious mind, which then sends the answers straight through your fingers, through the pen, onto the page. Do not think; just be present with the pen and write. Showing Up may look different from day to day and that’s okay, because each day is different and brings forth different resources that live within.
From my today’s “Showing Up” Journal …
How WILL I Show Up Today?
Today, I WILL Show Up with …
1. Energy.
2. The right words.
3. Compassion and patience.
4. Appreciation.
5. Present and mindful.
6. Focused.
7. Fully committed.
8. A discerning pallet.
Let me ask you, if I didn’t show up with energy, appreciation, mindfulness, commitment and a discerning pallet, would I be successful at losing and keeping off those extra pounds?
Not a snowball’s chance in Hell. I may have mustered up enough energy to lose it, but I would surely have found it (again). Showing up is a valuable tool for your permanent fat removal arsenal. It keeps you focused and motivated.
How will you show up today?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice
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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