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Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~Weigh-In~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Angela
Lose it, won't use it....

Lose it, won’t use it….

I broke the plateau I was on & stabilized to lose another 5 lbs. in August with the help of varied workouts, more rest and diet tweaking. More challenges ahead for September as I meet my goal & make my triumphant return to a weight not seen in nearly 8 yrs. And having gotten this close….the next goal is at least an additional 10 lbs. before the holidays.

Life change is amazing!!!

~peace & blessings~


Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~Milestone Moments~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Fitness, Goals, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by Angela
Waistline not wastebasket...

Waistline not wastebasket…

Greetings friends…. It’s been awhile since time has permitted regular check-in but much as life goes on…. I have stayed the course and keep up “my temple maintenance”!

I will gladly post the official amount of weight loss after I check with the doctor. Last year I was mostly on an “anti -weighing regimen” as I concentrated on maintaining disciplines of lifestyle change. With that being the case I didn’t purchase a scale & begin systematic weight tracking until sometime in March so I am lowballing the overall number.

I am happily able to share that I’ve had some really outstanding milestones occur over this journey and especially so in the past few months including losing >16 lbs and dropping several sizes from the 12-14 range to 8…almost to my size 6 goal. Hopefully will be there by summer’s end with concentration focused on the next set of goals.

So yeah, I’m pretty much kicking butt and taking names…life has been very good!!

~peace & blessings~

Recipes For Health: Mango, Orange & Ginger Smoothie

Posted in Epicurean Chronicles, Epicurean Ventures, Foodies Fodder, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Angela


photo credit: Andrew Scrivani

Here’s a really tasty recipe which originally was published in 2011 in the NYTimes.

Ginger combines very well with mango and contributes a host of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.

1 cup orange juice

1/2 large mango

1 1/4 teaspoons ginger juice (see note below)

4 ice cubes

Optional: 1/2 ripe banana (about 2 ounces peeled banana)

Combine the orange juice, mango, ginger juice and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until frothy and smooth. If you want a thicker drink, add the banana. Serve right away for the best flavor.

Note: To make the ginger juice, grate about 2 teaspoons ginger. Place on a piece of cheesecloth. Gather together the edges of the cheesecloth, hold over a bowl and twist to squeeze out the juice.

Yield: One large serving or two small servings.

Advance preparation: This is best served right away.

Nutritional information per serving: 201 calories; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 0 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 48 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 4 milligrams sodium; 3 grams protein

Martha Rose Shulman is the author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”


Focus On Fruit: Ataulfo Mango

Posted in Epicurean Chronicles, Epicurean Ventures, Focus On Fruit, Foodies Fodder, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by Angela


I am completely in love with these mangoes at the moment because they have given my taste buds a reason to sing.

Early spring can be a challenging time to find good variety of fruit. Most of the apples are red, small & incredibly hard. And if you’re like me, you just grow tired of the can fruit after so long.

I frequent the farmer’s markets as much as possible but in the colder months and for optimal variety, I tend to shop at Whole Foods & Fresh Market. Shopping at these stores and the farmer’s markets have broaden my horizons tremendously.

I spotted these beauties one evening while I was attending a wine tasting and I decided to give them a whirl. I was about to purchase regular mangoes but they had a huge display of these and they were $1 ea. while the others were 2/$5.

They look a little different than most mangoes you’re accustomed to seeing because they’re oblong shaped. This varitey hails from Mexico and are excellent source for Vitamin C & fiber.

I am very pleased with what I’ve found and have been raving ever since!!

If you like tropical fruits (mango, papaya, guava, etc.) you will be greatly pleased with these.

Here I’ve shown one of the ways I added a little life to my salad (after I perfected my mango-cubing method…the first couple I just peeled and ate very sloppily)


*spring mix*
*garlic sesame crumbles*
*ataulfo mango*
*Swiss emmenthaler cheese*
*spicy Thai & curry vinaigrette dressing*

~Peace & Blessings~

Focus on Fruit: Cranberry

Posted in Fitness, Focus On Fruit, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Angela

Here’s a little info about one of my favorite salad ingredients…

As one of the few fruits native to North America, Native Americans used the cranberries as a staple as early as 1550. They ate cranberries fresh, ground, or mashed with cornmeal and baked it into bread. They also mixed berries with wild game and melted fat to form pemmican, a survival ration for the winter months. Maple sugar or honey was used to sweeten the berry’s tangy flavor.

By 1620 Pilgrims learned how to use cranberries from the Native Americans. There are several theories of how the berry was named. Germany and Dutch settlers named the berry “crane-berry” because it appeared to be the favorite food of cranes or the blossom resembles the head and neck of an English crane. Eventually craneberry was shortened to cranberry. By 1683 cranberry juice was made by the settlers.

The uses of cranberries are extensive — American whalers and mariners carried cranberries onboard to prevent scurvy while Indians brewed cranberry poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds and in tea to calm nerves as well as using the juice as a dye.

When eaten as part of a healthy diet, cranberries can help you maintain good health. Naturally fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium and a good source of dietary fiber, cranberries contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that promote health.

  • Heart Health

Cranberries are part of a heart-healthy diet. Cranberries are a fat free, cholesterol free, and low sodium food. Whole cranberries are a good source of dietary fiber, and all cranberry products contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that offer a wide range of potential health benefits.


Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Potassium

Posted in Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Angela

If you run or workout with any regularity, I am sure you have heard caution of not only rehydrating but also the need to replenish key vitamins & minerals which can be lost during strenuous activities.

I previously did a post on electrolytes (which can be read here: Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Electrolytes ) and gave a basic definition. Potassium is one often mentioned electrolyte.

Potassium is very important to the proper function of our body. It is required for smooth muscle & cellular functions, nerve impulse transmission, cardiovascular, blood pressure and for converting glucose into glycogen.

The body naturally “loses” most of its excreted potassium through sweat and urine. As increased physical activity breaks down our stores to supply energy for the workout a depletion of potassium occurs and as a result an even greater concentration is lost.

Here are a couple of resources to get you informed on how to naturally get and/or keep potassium in your diet: High Potassium Foods List & Potassium Rich Foods Chart

DISCLAIMER: As always this is not meant as a means to diagnose but rather as a tool to inform, promote and facilitate health & wellness dialogue. Please consult your physician with any concerns and questions you may have, they are able to measure levels and provide definitive diagnosis.

~Peace & Blessings~

November Seasonals

Posted in Health & Wellness, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by Angela

These are typically the fruits and vegetables which are in season in many regions during the month of November and therefore most likely to be found in your local supermarket and/or farmer’s market.

This week/month I will feature from this list for Recipes for Health, Focus on Fruit & Focus on Vegetables. Also, you will see the month next to items which may have been previously highlighted so you can search the tags for any additional posts.

Of course, you will find some variance here and there by your state based on soil, climate, temperatures, etc but these are fairly standard for quite a bit of the United States.

Now, if you are environmentally conscience and trying to manage, reduce or maintain an ecological/carbon footprint then this information will matter very much to you for several reasons.

Reason 1a: you are more likely to find these items in quantity and usually on sale in the store therefore making them cost effective in terms of budgeting.

Reason 1b: those who are meal planners (and I am always shocked to hear how many aren’t) will basically have their grocery list set up for them and not a lot of running around store to store to see who has what. Also, allowing you to cook with fresh not frozen for optimal nutrients.

Reason 2: when you frequent farmer’s markets, produce stands or live in/near farming communities, like I prefer to do, you can save even more in price and benefit from top quality items that were just in the ground literally minutes/hours before coming to market.

Personally I like that farmers don’t sell by weight like supermarkets plus they tend to wheel & deal, barter and bargain with you quite often “throwing in extras for free”. As you establish relationships, they will even “hold back” items for you or reserve a special pick from the back of the truck for you. As a result, you can often walk away with quite a bit of fruits and vegetables for several days/meals at less than $10. That just doesn’t happen at the grocery store with any regularity.

I usually go to the market with $20 and almost never spend it all unless I am getting a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff like handmade soap, lotion or whatever else Mother Earth stuff they are showcasing that screams my name.

Reason 3: this can help those who have considered breaking ground of your own for a fruit/vegetable garden then this will give a little idea or information as to what you may wish to plant.


· artichokes

· avocado

· beets

· bok choy

· broccoli

· brussels sprouts

· cabbage

· carrots

· celery

· chard

· chestnuts

· cranberries

· daikon

· fennel

· guava

· kiwi

· kumquat

· lemons

· orange

· pears

· persimmons

· pomegranate

· potato

· quince

· rutabaga

· squash, winter

· sunchoke

· turnips

· yams