More tips to change

How are you doing with your resolutions? Here are some more things to try for a healthier you:

Stop buying premade junk. That means cake mixes, cookies, canned soups, microwave meals. Make it yourself. Maybe you’ll need to spend time on the weekends preparing for the week. Or getting a pressure cooker to cook quicker or slow cooker to let it cook while you work. This way you know what you are putting in your body.

Eat and shop for local foods. Eat foods when they are in season. Try something new once a week.

Bring your own lunch to work instead of buying out.

Eat meatless meals once or twice a week. Eat more salads.

Make your breakfast ahead of time. Try some overnight oats.

Use Pinterest for recipe ideas.

Mix up your meals. Some people eat the same things day in and day out. Try something new and get out of that humdrum routine.

Keep your pantry stocked with healthy grains, spices, snacks.

It’s Hard to follow through

With your New Year’s resolutions, that is. Here are some more ideas the Victor crew found from MensHealth.com for trying to keep your resolutions for this year.

Schedule a competition. Wow – if you plan on a 5K run, you’ll have to train for it. Talk about motivation!

Take selfies. They suggest to do this instead of looking at the scale. Share your progress through pictures.

Set mini-goals monthly. Set up short-term marks to reach throughout the year. It helps to take change in smaller chunks.

Find a partner. It helps to be accountable to someone. Maybe it’s someone to workout with or someone to just offer support and report progress to.

Do an extreme workout. Sometime down the road after you have gotten comfortable with your routine, change it up with one extreme workout a month to make it more interesting – go rock climbing, hike up a mountain, go to a training facility that will help you mix it up.

New Years’ Resolutions

So it’s that time again when people are making new resolutions for the coming year. Maybe it’s to join a gym or be more active or eat healthier. Whatever your goals may be, make them realistic. Don’t expect to be fit/more buff/weigh less all at once. It takes time to reach the goals.

Break down your goals into more manageable parts. Instead of saying you need to lose 20-30-40 pounds this year, make it 2-3-4 pounds a month. Or even 1/2 or 1 pound a week.

Eating healthier can be daunting. Start with small steps. Add more vegetables or fruit. Eat healthier snacks – instead of grabbing for chips, get some carrots or celery sticks or low fat yogurt. Spend a little time on the weekends getting your snacks ready for the week so you can just grab and go. Start drinking more water. Try drinking a full glass of water before meals to help curb your appetite. Eat out less often.

Don’t join an expensive gym unless you plan to schedule it in your calendar and go. More people join a gym on the first of the year only to be gone by mid-February. Gyms are happy but your purse isn’t. And some gyms make it rather difficult to get a refund. There is one gym that only lets you cancel your three year contract if you move more than 25 miles away, die, or are permanently physically disabled. Period. So be aware of what you are signing. On the other hand, maybe you need the payment of a gym membership to motivate you to keep going.

Get some new workout gear. Make yourself look better while trying to get healthier. Forgive yourself if you have a setback. Think outside the box. Maybe you don’t want to work out first thing in the morning but can hop on your treadmill after dinner. Instead of sitting and watching TV, walk and watch TV.

Whatever your goals are, start planning some strategies to attain them now.

Have a healthy and prosperous New Year and New You!

More about Mangos

Last week we spoke about the different varieties of mangos. Let’s look at some more information about mangos.

What to look for when purchasing:
If you give a little squeeze and it has some give, it is ripe. If it’s still hard it hasn’t fully ripened. You can ripen by leaving on your counter or putting in a paper bag for a day or two to speed up the process. Color does not matter to look for ripeness. Sometimes they will have a fruit aroma near the stem end.

Do not eat the skin. The skin is generally tough anyway. Interestingly enough, mangos belong to the poison ivy family so if you try to eat the skin, you are exposing your face to urushiol, the toxin in poison ivy. Some people may even get a rash after handling or eating mangos.

Cutting Mangos:
It has a rather large pit in the middle so you want to cut around it. Here is a video that might help.

Cooking with mangos:
Mangos can be used to glaze a ham for your holiday meal, made into a salsa, used in sweet and sour dishes. Here are some recipes.
Mango Recipes

Mangos

Mangos (sometimes spelled mangoes) are a tropical fruit. There are six varieties available at various times of the year. Each type has a different flavor and texture so you may want to explore them all.

Honey: Has a yellow color and a sweet and creamy flavor. Its peak availability is March-June, while there is some availability the rest of the year. They are grown in Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru.

Francis: The ouside is bright yellow with some green and the inside is bright yellow-orange. It is grown mostly in Haiti. The flavor is rich, spicy, and sweet. The peak availability is April-June while March-September has some availability.

Keitt: This greenish-skinned variety is grown in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico. The bright yellow inside has a sweet and fruity flavor. They are popular in Asian cuisine. They are available March through October with peak availability from July to September.

Kent: Kents are available year long except April and October. They peak June-August and December-February. Their skin is mostly dark green and sometimes has small areas of dark red. The flavor is said to be sweet and rich. They are grown in Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru.

Tommy Atkins: These lovelies are originally from Florida and are the most that are imported into the U.S. They are mildly sweet with a firm flesh. They have a dark red blush with green and yellow areas. They have some availability year round with peak being March-July and September-October. They come to us from Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.

Palmer: These also originated in Florida. They are grown in Brazil. They are available somewhat August-October but they don’t have a peak season. They are a deep red and mildly sweet.

One cup of mango cubes has about 100 calories, 100% of daily vitamin C, 35% daily vitamin A.

http://www.mango.org/en/