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June 15, 2006

Summer Vegetable Spaghetti

How does your garden grow?  Today's recipe is compliments of the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute's Stay Young at Heart publication. This lively pasta dish contains no added fat or oil, is low in cholesterol, and is good hot or cold, and it makes the most out of summer veggies.  To make it completely vegetarian, you can even substitute the pasta with spaghetti squash!   

(Makes 9 servings)

  2 C small yellow onions, cut in eighths
  2 C chopped, peeled, fresh, ripe tomatoes (about 1 lb)
  2 C thinly sliced yellow and green squash (about 1 lb)
  11/2 C   cut fresh green beans (about 1/2 lb)
  2/3 C  water
  2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1/2 tsp chili powder
  1/4 tsp salt
  to taste   black pepper
  1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  1 lb uncooked spaghetti
  1/2 C grated parmesan cheese

Combine first 10 ingredients in large saucepan; cook for 10 minutes, then stir in tomato paste. Cover and cook gently, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender.

Cook spaghetti in unsalted water according to package directions. Spoon sauce over drained hot spaghetti and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.

For more healthy recipes check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites

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Posted by Laura on June 15, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 14, 2006

The Mind and Body Connection

(This post submitted by CeBe for Marsha Hudnall)

My husband and I are off today for a week-long rest with family and friends, enjoying warm weather, ocean and related activities of an all-inclusive resort that’s made for relaxing.  At least we hope it will be relaxing.  We’re taking our two teenagers and two of their friends….’nuf said.

Anticipation of the trip has gotten me to thinking about the necessity of taking time off and making the most of it . I’m at a low ebb right now.  School is almost out, and it has been a tough year for both my kids.  Of course, that means it was tough for my husband and me, too.  And it has been a while since we’ve had a real vacation – one that’s just about unwinding.

Doing this is a way of feeding our bodies, ourselves.  It’s a different kind of nourishment that starts with our minds.  A true vacation is about letting go of the demands of our busy lives, putting them all on the back burner, and tuning into the now.  Which, on vacation, I want to be about letting go of worries and the subsequent tension, having fun, treating my body well with food I enjoy and that makes me feel well while moving my body in the course of activities that, again, feel good and I’m having fun doing. (Sounds like a trip to Green Mountain at Fox Run.  Also sounds like a good prescription for daily living.)

The ultimate result of this type of nourishment is food for the soul.  I expect to return from my trip re-energized, looking forward to what life brings.  But that’s not what happens for lots of folks – a Gallup poll questions whether vacations really help most people.  It suggests that most people return more tired from their vacations.  An article on about.com gives a few tips for making sure you don’t, such as:

• Don’t wait until the last minute to pack.
• Visiting family is nice but often not relaxing.  Spend at least part of your vacation in a setting that will help you relax.
• Aim for a full night’s sleep every night.  If your pillow is important to your sleep, bring it.
• Leave the laptop at home.  If you can do it, don’t even leave contact info for the office.
• Balance your life with your vacation.  If your life is hectic, go for a relaxing time; if your life is fairly idle, perhaps a more active vacation is just what you need.

It’s June.  If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, consider it.  There’s no time like the present, and there’s no present like time.

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June 13, 2006

Fat Is As Fat Does

2004a0006p1mdI've had this theory - Fat is All Relative - but have always had trouble describing it in a way that someone can really get the meaning and nuances that I'd like to convey. Even if I can't describe it theoretically, I can show examples of what happens with this attitude.

For example, have you ever seen pictures of yourself in your teens or twenties - a time when you just knew that you were SO "FAT" - and had your jaw hit the ground when you realized that you were actually "thin." Or when you describe yourself to someone as "huge" or "really overweight" only to see that you're size 12 body was rather small compared to the size 20 that was meeting you. It is all relative, unless you start to clean up your language.

As I said in my Good vs Bad food post, ambiguous language is both useless and harmful. If we train ourselves to start accepting and describing our situations factually ("I wear a size 22" should be a fact just like "I wear glasses" or "I like purple") we not only have a better sense of who we are, unlike when we think of ourselves with the ambiguous "big" or "fat."

I was playing around on the internet and came across "Googlism" which is billed as ""If you want to know if you're an idiot, geek, moron, stupid, funny, classic, workaholic or rich: Use Googlism."

This is what Google thinks about "fat" - if this doesn't prove that "fat" has no definition, nothing will!

Googlism for: fat

fat is spreading
fat is not a hedonist issue
fat is a capitalist
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fat is beautiful
fat is your city?
fat is not a felony
fat is for wimps
fat is fabulous
fat is a statement
fat is good
fat is zero ~ newsroom ~
fat is fat?
fat is not a four letter word
fat is a feminist issue
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fat is indicator of heart disease risk in
fat is your pipe?
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fat is too much?
fat is too fat?
fat is where it's at
fat is as fat does
fat is not a feeling
fat is important for
fat is okay?"
fat is fine?
fat is beautiful'
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fat is good for you
fat is all our fault
fat is your pipeline?
fat is in your children's food and why you should care?
fat is created equal
fat is a problem?
fat is hell'"
fat is one of life's essentials
fat is in our food?
fat is evolutionary?
fat is new hat
fat is fun furturnity
fat is good kind
fat is tons o' fun
fat is ok?
fat is where it's
fat is a capitalist issue
fat is in the fi
fat is in your chips
fat is bad
fat is the question by len lopez
fat is cleveland poll
fat is necessary to stay lean & profitable
fat is dangerous
fat is as fat does"
fat is important
fat is not necessarily
fat is the enemy of heart health
fat is the fat
fat is fat article
fat is fun
fat is a fatuous issue while the west hand
fat is beautiful peterjon cresswell finds bite
fat is back
fat is the solution
fat is for wimps september 19
fat is not all bad
fat is zero cspi says report makes case for including trans on food labels
fat is stored in your body chylomicrons do not last long in the bloodstream
fat is more fattening than carbohydrates or protein
fat is bad a study billed as the largest of its kind has found more evidence that being obese can reduce your life expectancy
fat is not a four letter word by sue gilbert
fat is a feminist issue is one of the
fat is not your fault
fat is too fat
fat is only ugly until you put a nipple on it
fat is indicator of heart disease risk in children
fat is your pipe? they say that everyone is created equal
fat is too much? there is general agreement that we shouldn't take in more than 30% of our calories as
fat is too fat? fitness
fat is bad for your health
fat is as fat does cal thomas
fat is important for determining fitness
fat is out
fat is okay? nutritionists recommend that no more than 30% of calories should come from fat
fat is the right fat? part i
fat is fine? by nanci grayson
fat is fine
fat is good for you saturated animal fat there are some people who believe that the world is flat
fat is your pipeline? that is
fat is spreading around the globe february 19
fat is in your children's food and why you should care? heart disease manifests in adulthood
fat is hell" elcee
fat is in our foods? today the levels of trans fatty acids in food fats vary around the world from very low to much
fat is evolutionary? september 09
fat is fun furternity to put on a carnival
fat is fun furternity carnival
fat is awful and evil and must be destroyed? i'd read
fat is good kind by gannett news service posted
fat is being miserable and so much more
fat is found mainly in meat
fat is everywhere
fat is 100% free to shine in all its glory
fat is a manifest tissue
fat is a fatalist issue
fat is not a dirty word
fat is where it is at
fat is a capitalist issue the overwhelming majority of obese people are victims of the crushing social and economic forces that deny us control of our time
fat is in the fire
fat is a spiritual issue
fat is in your chips? introduction
fat is the question learn how stress
fat is necessary to stay lean & profitable
fat is not your fault by carol simontacchi
fat is important for determining fitness weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between pounds
fat is not necessarily good fat americans are still gaining weight using low fat substitutes
fat is fat? christa finn
fat is not a four
fat is the number one control
fat is it? for the uninitiated
fat is frequently used in a broad sense to include all categories of fats and oils listed below

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June 12, 2006

Wake Up, I'm Fat

Wake_upCamryn Manheim is a jewel in my book. I love her work as an actress, I’ve always loved her attitude – both on screen, in interviews and of course, who couldn’t love her quote when she won her Emmy a few years ago…”This is for all the fat girls!”  And to top it off, just recently I read that she was an Elliott Yamin (American Idol) fan, "I've been signing my e-mails for the past three months St. Camryn of Yamin". Well, that was it; I knew for sure she was brilliant!

As if we need any more more evidence that Manheim has a cool head, here's a recent quote:

"That I am 37 years old and have any sense of self-respect and self-worth and any confidence at all – is a miracle! So, instead of beating myself up for being fat, I think it’s a miracle that I laugh everyday and walk through my life with pride, because our culture is unrelenting when it comes to fat people. I don’t understand it. We hurt nobody. We’re just fat people”. 

Camryn’s book, 'Wake Up, I'm Fat' is a testament to all women who work on a daily basis to accept themselves in a world where being fat still presents many challenges, including discrimination.  From what I can see, Camryn Manheim has accepted herself for who she is (“I really like who I am”), and for that I applaud her.

Whether you’re fat, thin, or somewhere in between, its all about self love and self acceptance.  Check out her book at Amazon.com.

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Posted by Cindy on June 12, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 09, 2006

Diet Tip: Don't Speak English

Englandflag The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.


Eat & drink what you like. It's speaking English that kills you.

Posted by Gina V. on June 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 08, 2006

Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers, Pine Nuts, and Fresh Basil

Start your herb gardens now!  This colorful recipe takes advantage of fresh basil leaves to create a sensational summer sidedish.  More recipes are available each month from the Healthy Woman Today Newsletter, which is produced by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. 

(Makes 5 servings)

   1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed,or frozen haricots verts
   2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
   2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
   2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh basil leaves
   1 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the green beans, return to a boil, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until crisp-tender (the beans will be sautéed later, so do not overcook them). Drain well and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the green beans and sauté for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a serving dish.

Add the pine nuts and basil and gently mix. Adjust the seasoning and serve immediately, or cool and serve at room temperature.

For more healthy recipes check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites

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Posted by Laura on June 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 07, 2006

True Beauty

"Beauty radiates from within when you're kind of heart
and full of love and happiness."  Roxanne Lowit, Photographer

I saw this quote on the email signature of a colleague who works with eating disordered clients.  You don’t have to have an eating disorder to relate.  Just about any woman in our society gets the point.  But when it comes to the struggle with eating and weight, we know it’s often kicked off by concerns about how we look to others, or at the least, exacerbated by those concerns.  What we often don’t realize, though, is that our own opinions about our bodies – how we look, whether we’re the exact ‘right’ shape, our lack of size and self acceptance – may have more impact on our struggle.  It’s whether we buy into the beauty myth. Another favorite quote that applies:  “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

I can remember an old boyfriend who was so handsome.  After a few years with him, I couldn’t see the handsomeness anymore.  When I looked at him, I only saw his inside, which wasn’t so pretty. 

It’s easy to write about how we need to look inside to see the true beauty in folks.  And it’s hard to keep those thoughts top of mind in today’s world.  Still, it’s worth the effort. 

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Posted by Marsha on June 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 06, 2006

A bit more on Oppression Syndrome

Path_1 First, thanks to Ileen and Michelle - having personal conviction is good, but sometimes it's nice to know that someone reads, understands and appreciates your point of view.

Second, I want to make a point  - which is completely overlooked by those in the "war" on the "war on obesity" (i.e. those that just want the right for people of all sizes have appropriate health care, make choices based on opportunity rather than size, or in short, the right to exist!). There is a failure to recognize that we all play our part - including what everyone would consider the "bad guys". A size prejudiced doctor dismisses someone with the typical prescription "lose weight," which is a completely inappropriate response for the condition. That drives the patient to seek better answers, to take a leadership role in her own health care, resulting in a whole new lease on health and life for the patient.

Likewise, those that believe that people are people regardless of their size, that people of all sizes can be healthy and take steps to remain that way, are all playing a part too. When the debate of who is "pure" enough erupts, everyone loses. Green Mountain may be too weight loss oriented in the opinions of those that consider themselves "purer" but what about in the eyes of those seeking help, that's where opinions really matter. The first response from someone that comes across Green Mountain in cyberspace is "why don't you mention 'weight loss'"? So what's more important to HAES principles, being "pure" enough in the eyes of others in the movement, or meeting someone that is seeking answers where they are at? That's not even a contest. And yes, people want to lose weight and they have a right to want to, just like they have a right not to want to. Everyone plays their part. And I'm part of an organization that has a profound impact on women's lives, seven days a week, week after week. 

Now, third. In researching the original post, I got bits and pieces of a study (nothing that can actually be quoted or attributed) that was done with Samoan women - average weight 200 lbs which is seen by their culture as desirable - that found there were none of the high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues that are often seen in women in the US. The question asked was does the absence of size prejudice in an environment account for better overall health. What I read didn't provide a definitive answer, but it seems so in my mind. So I offer it to you as a way to help your health - consider actively rejecting the anti-fat messages of our culture. If it raises your figurative blood pressure and drives you to seek answers, fine....but don't let it sneak up on you and raise your actual blood pressure. Easier said than done, but identifing and actively denying messages that aren't helpful is the beginning of the journey.

Posted by Gina V. on June 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 05, 2006

'I Want a New Drug - One That Won't Make Me Sick'

PillThose of us who remember that lyric from the classic 1983 Huey Lewis song probably started thinking differently about those words once we hit 40.

Every time we turn on our television sets, we’re inundated with commercials about new drugs and ailments we’ve never heard of before. Are you shy at parties? There’s a drug for it.  Do you carry your weight around your midriff? There’s a drug for it.  Do you have restless legs?  You guessed it.

Not to dismiss the fact that there are folks who suffer with these conditions, but I just have to say, I was always shy at parties, I often wiggle my legs incessantly at night before going to sleep and I wouldn’t recognize my own midriff if it didn’t have a little padding around it.  Yet, I never considered taking specific drugs for any of those things. Maybe a glass of wine once and a while…

That being said, we shouldn’t ignore some potentially new and exciting drugs on the horizon. Especially, drugs which show promise in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes as well as a new drug just introduced for women with breast cancer and those suffering with kidney disease. Please note, I’m not condoning or promoting the use of any of these drugs, just making the information available to you.

Below are links to articles out lining these new drugs:

Who'll Get Fat Sales From Obesity? – Business Week

New Drug May Slow Breast Cancer – CBS News

Novel Therapies Beat Back Stubborn Cancers – Forbes

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Posted by Cindy on June 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 02, 2006

Oprah Scores 12 Million Dollar Book Deal Selling Dieting Success

Mark Twain once wrote:  “It’s easy to quit smoking; I’ve done it a thousand times.”  And I guess the same could be said for all the millions of dieters out there. And if anyone knows about life on a diet, it’s Oprah. But, does that qualify her as someone who should be giving advice about how to live a healthier life?  Let’s just say, I’m not so sure the proof is in the pudding.

I can understand why America perceives Oprah as the queen of daytime talk shows, but do we really see her as an icon for healthy living? Maybe yo-yo dieting. So, why is Oprah writing a book on this subject at this particular time? Perhaps, the simple answer is, because she can and she’s getting 12 millions bucks up front to do so. 

I had a lot more to say on the subject, but after reading a terrific blog entry at blogcritics.com, by Sal Mariniello (I enjoy a lot of his writing), there isn’t much more I can add. Excerpt:

"Too bad people are so blinded by her celebrity and don't realize that she and her guru are in no position to tell us how to eat, exercise, live etc. And shame on Oprah for not being content with her ability to sell people all kinds of other stuff. Like she really needs to branch out into this area, a subject that she knows so little about and has been so unsuccessful in dealing with." 

Take a hop over and read more of what he has to say.

Sal Marinello is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.

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Posted by Cindy on June 2, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack