Love those sweet filled treats!

Keywords: jelly donut, food holidays

 

It’s National Jelly Donut Day!!!  I celebrated this morning with a run through Dunkin’ Donuts on my way into work.  Make sure you join in the festivities – jelly donuts make an excellent dessert, so maybe after dinner with a cup of coffee will be your jelly donut celebration time.  Enjoy!  Have a great weekend everyone!!



Have you been to the Brooklyn Flea Food Market?

Keywords: market, Brooklyn, farmers market

 

 

What is the most delicious spot in New York on Saturdays from 10am-5pm?  On the Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th St., at the East River… because this is where you’ll find Smorgasburg taking place!  Smorgasburg is an outdoor food festival in Brooklyn, or a Flea Food Market as they like to say.  With 100+ vendors, there is a guarantee that everyone will find something to tempt their taste buds!  Booths boosting prepared food isn’t the only thing you’ll come across – there’s a Greenmarket with around 8-10 farmers and their fresh produce, vendors selling kitchen and household products, and packaged food ready to be grabbed on the go.  This food extravaganza will run through November – and the cool fall weather is a perfect compliment. (the fest does run rain or shine though!)    Subway, bus, car directions

 

 



Celebrate National Donut Day!

Keywords: food holiday, national donut day, dunkin donuts

 

Today, Friday June 1st, if you make any drink purchase at Dunkin’ Donuts you’ll receive a FREE donut!  What a great way to celebrate National Donut Day and kick off a new month – especially if you cashed in on Krispy Kreme’s free donut last week!  I believe there is scientific evidence that states that occasionally enjoying a donut makes you a much happier person… and happy people live longer!  {There is no such evidence, but I’m sure if you test for it that it would be proven true!}  So stop by your nearest Dunkin’ and grab a bev & a treat today.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Boston creme donut here that needs my attention…



Make mornings a little easier!

Keywords: oatmeal, breakfast, no cook

 

Mornings can go very array if the slightest thing throws off my routine … For example, not being able to figure out a quick/healthy/delish breakfast.  Then I found this, Refrigerator Oatmeal, and I’m in breakfast love.  Occasionally I don’t even have the 3 minutes necessary to microwave oatmeal – that’s how pressed for time I am.  But not, just reach into the fridge and there is your yummy meal ready to hit the road with you.

 

This come from PepperLynn.com.  Gather your ingredients, stock up on mason jars, mix them together, and refrigerate over night.  So simple!    Here’s her base recipe – then add fruits and flavors to liven it up: ½ cup rolled oats (not quick cooking), ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2/3 cup milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds  {if you’re using regular yogurt instead of Greek reduce the amount of milk a little}

 

I love adding a couple table spoons of strawberry jam {or fresh strawberries if they’re in my refrigerator} and a mashed up banana, as per her suggestion.  Try adding mango, blueberries, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, apples/apple sauce, cinnamon, chocolate, peanut butter {especially when using banana chocolate & peanut butter is amazing!}.  Your possibilities are endless.  Enjoy!



It’s so hard with all the celebrating!

Keywords: dieting, holiday, exercise

 

Holidays may bring family and friends closer together, but they bring the button on your jeans father apart!  All hopes of staying on our diets this time of year are pretty much thrown out the window!  We’re so preoccupied with holiday shopping and decorating, and a million other things – including, but not limited to, the creation of a huuuuuuge amount of delicious treats!!  How can anyone focus on counting calories??!  Here are just a few small tips to ease the burden of holiday weight gain ~ and just remember, you’re not alone… the entire world pretty much X’s out all thoughts of dieting until December 31st when we all make our resolution to start exercising again!

Try to keep some sort of exercise plan in affect… Even if its one or two days a week during the holiday season that you make it to the gym – 30 minutes on the bike or treadmill

 

 

When fixing your plate dinner go easy with the gravies, sauces, butter, cheeses, and whipped cream.  You know there’s no stopping you from overflowing your plate with holiday goodness… so try not to add an additional layer of calories and fat with condiments.

 

A personal fav of mine: Wear a tight-fitting outfit and hold a drink in your dominant hand all night.  You’ll be so busy sucking in your belly and trying to stand up straight to ease the burden of your waistband you won’t have time to think about food ~ and keeping your hand busy makes it more difficult to go reaching for treats as you pass them!

 

Chew gum – keeps your mouth busy, and the mint flavor may deter you from wanting other flavors.

 

Channel your inner food snob!  If you don’t like it, don’t eat it! There is no point in eating just to eat – if you don’t enjoy what is being served, just skip it.

 

Don’t skip meals on party days – that makes it more likely that you’ll binge at night.  Eat a regular breakfast and lunch – and if the party is later than your normal dinner time try a small snack before you go!

 

For every cocktail you have add a glass of water or seltzer… alternating alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic drinks helps you cut back calories – and lessen the likelihood for a hangover the next day! {Win Win!}

 

In buffet settings try to limit the number of items you take to 2 or 3 at a time… go up a million times if you must, but each time only take 2 different items.. and go with a taste of each first – if you like it you can always get more, the buffet police aren’t going to hold you down in your seat!  It’ll help limit your intake and also help to prevent wasting food – which is so tacky…



Who nose if it works….

Keywords:  diet, fruit, weight loss, research, aromatherapy

 

Can certain scents stimulate weight loss?  That’s what one study is saying… Participants at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago smelled banana, peppermint, or green apple and saw about a 5lb weight loss a month – despite the lack of any change to their regular diet or exercise routine.  Hmmm… Supposedly the scents have a direct effect on the area of the brain that signals you’ve had enough to eat and are full ~ but whether it turns out true or not, I guess it’s worth a sniff!  Next time you’re hunting for a little aromatherapy reach for banana, peppermint, or green apple scented products – and try giving them a sniff before eating or whenever you feel the snack craving coming on!



Guest Blogger: Jillian McKee

Keywords: nutrition, cancer, jillian mckee, health

 

Jillian McKee, Outreach Coordinator and Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, will be bringing you information today on the importance of nutrition and some helpful tips for those fighting cancer.  I am honored to have such a knowledgable and kindhearted person share their advice with us through my site.  Especially since I lost my dearest cousin to this awful disease years ago… and her name just so happened to be Jillian* ~  So without further adieu…

 

 

Cancer and Healthy Nutrition

For cancer patients, focusing on healthy eating can be a challenge. However, there are several positive benefits of healthy nutrition, whether the patient has just been diagnosed, is going through treatment, or is in remission from cancer. Cancer patients who eat well may find that they feel better physically and mentally; the right foods can also help increase strength and energy, lower the patient’s risk of infection, help the body maintain nutrients, and help the patient tolerate some of the adverse side effects of cancer treatments.

There are several nutrients that are important for everyone but especially for cancer patients. These include:

1.  Protein – protein can repair body tissue and help strengthen immunity, which can be crucial for the body when fighting cancer; good sources of protein include low fat dairy products, low fat meat such as turkey or poultry, fish, beans and nuts.

2.  Healthy fats – unsaturated fats provide energy for the body and include vegetable oils (sunflower, olive, and flaxseed) and fish; saturated fats (palm oils, trans fatty acids, red meat) are the ones that should be avoided because of possible risks for heart disease.

3.  Carbohydrates – the healthiest types of carbohydrates that can provide the body with energy include whole grains, fiber, fruit and vegetables; cancer patients should avoid overly processed carbohydrates that contain white flour.

4.  Water – this is the most important liquid to prevent dehydration, which can be crucial to patients undergoing treatments that may cause vomiting or diarrhea.

5.  Vitamins and minerals – it is best to consume these in their natural food state and not through pills or supplements, unless directed by a physician; patients should also be aware that it is possible to overdose on vitamins.

Many cancer patients find that they may lose their appetite while undergoing treatment because of the harsh physical aspects of cancer treatment. Treatments for mesothelioma and other cancers include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Patients may also be suffering mentally or emotionally and do not have the motivation to eat well. There are several things that patients and their caregivers can do to encourage healthy eating, including:

1.  Try new foods – some foods may actually taste better while undergoing treatment.

2.  Keep meals varied and include several different types of colorful foods.

3.  Make mealtime a fun and social event.

4.  Limit high fats and salts, which tend to weigh the body down.

5.  Try to keep up some physical exercise, even if it is minimal.

The benefits of eating well during cancer can carry over into remission and help the patient feel in control of their health again.