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Staying Healthy During COVID19 Lockdown

Published April 15, 2020 by Maryanne

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One of my salad dishes with homemade dressing of raw buckwheat honey, coconut aminos, and apple cider vinegar.

When I go to my Facebook feed, I see many friends are turning to comfort foods during the COVID19 lock down; especially since many are raving that now they have more time to cook. I see types of dishes I love like pastas, pierogies, and even homemade pizzas.

But where are the greens? This is the time we should up our intake of green food to keep our immune system strong.

I get it. Sometimes there are slim pickings at the supermarkets. It seems like the produce section is usually the first to clear out. We need to get to our favorite stores as soon as  shipments come to get not only what we want, but what is fresh.

And during these unpredictable times, our moods can fluctuate from, “I got this!” to “When is it going to end?” or something in-between. One day we’re ready as warriors, able to face the world and tackle the grocery shopping. Other days staying in confinement is just fine because the outside is scary. People walking around with masks, six feet away from each other. It’s not natural. And it can be depressing.

The thing is, our diets don’t have to be depressing. Sure, indulge in a treat, but make it once a day, if that. The rest of your meals should be something that’s giving you energy and contributing to your positive attitude.

For me, I feel it’s easy to get the health stuff out of the way first thing in the morning. That’s when I like to work out, take my supplements, and make a fresh smoothie. I’ll always have frozen organic fruit in the refrigerator, for those days when I can’t get to the supermarket. Since COVID19, I’ve been trying to limit it to once a week, during a time where I see as little people as possible.

In my smoothies, I’ll add greens. It could be anything like a handful of kale, parsley, or an avocado. A great add-in is moringa. I’ve been using the powder for years! It has so many health benefits, including fighting against bacterial diseases–which is especially important during this time!

I’ve been intermittent fasting during COVID-19, so a smoothie holds me over until I have food at lunch time, which is usually a raw salad with nuts. At night I might have a pasta dish, or another salad, depending on how active I was during the day.

There are many fun recipes on line, so eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, now is the perfect time to learn something new. Perhaps you might find yourself creating some delicious dishes that are good for you? Let me know, below, if you’ve found yourself hooked on something healthy!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

 

Lose Weight with Lipozene

Published November 28, 2019 by Maryanne

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It’s now the holiday season and you know what that means—parties, parties, and more parties! Even those of us, like myself, who are conscious of what we eat and work out regularly, can pack on a few pounds at this time of year. (And it could be hard to lose if you live in an area where winters are long). It’s frustrating when you’re doing everything right yet your clothes are getting snug. You’ve been eating later than usual and skipping workouts because this season is just so damn busy!

Being of a healthy mindset, diet pills are out of the question. And excessive work-outs are just crazy. But, perhaps there’s an easy solution? Something more natural than a regular diet pill.

If you haven’t heard of Lipozene by now, perhaps it’s a supplement you may want to consider. It’s made with glucomannan; a dietary fiber extracted from the roots of elephant yam—also known as konjac root or devil’s tongue. You may have used konjac root without realizing, if you’re a fan of Miracle Noodles like I am! Glucomannan is also known to help alleviate constipation, maintain healthy cholesterol, and support healthy blood sugar levels. Other ingredients in Lipozene (gelatin, stearic acid, and magnesium) are fillers and stabilizers, which do not help you lose weight.

Since Lipozene is a water-soluble fiber, it expands, so you have the feeling of satisfaction in your tummy and obviously you’ll eat less. It also works like a probiotic, promoting good gut bacteria. That, in itself, is a plus to assisting in not gaining weight.

Lipozene  is a non-GMO product, caffeine free, and gluten-free ingredient.

Lipozene Side Effects

According to researchers, it’s a safe product if used as directed. Though Lipozene side effects  reported include stomach-aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Some claimed constipation even though it’s a product that should alleviate it! So, as a health advocate, I say to everyone, be your own judge. You can always take a low dose to start to see how your body reacts to it. The recommended dosage is two capsules, a half hour prior to meals, up to three times per day with an eight-ounce glass of water. NOTE: Do not take more than six capsules per day. And if you’re taking medications, consult your doctor before using.

Does Lipozene really work?

According to the Lipozene Reviews, there are mostly high ratings. On Amazon, ratings are lower.

Again, we’re all different, so if you think it’s worth a try, give it a shot. Their website offers a 30-day money back guarantee, excluding the $1.35 processing fee, if you are not satisfied with the product.

Lipozene is not dangerous, but personally, I wouldn’t use it indefinitely. Of course, weight loss would vary for each person, depending on your eating habits and lifestyle. If you’re already eating healthy and exercising regularly, you will most likely get the results you are seeking.

Or, if you’re like me, just keep eating those Miracle Noodles!

References:

  1. https://www.thehubpost.com/lipozene/

Joseph Mercola’s Maple Miracle Whey Protein Powder

Published June 25, 2015 by Maryanne

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I’m all about free samples … who isn’t?

So I was thrilled to see a container of Joseph Mercola’s Maple Miracle Whey Protein powder at my doorstep! I won the product via a promotion.

It’s extremely tasty and you can feel a difference in your energy right away. It can probably be a weight loss supplement too as I felt extremely full after drinking just one scoop in a glass of water, though a serving is two scoops. I mixed my second scoop in grass-fed yogurt with blueberries.

I feel amazing!

For more information, visit: http://proteinpowder.mercola.com/Miracle-Whey-Protein.html

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker. She presents her lecture “Here’s to Your Health” and many others to libraries, assisted living facilities, senior groups, rotary clubs, etc. For pricing and availability, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Will travel for the right price.

Meet Dr. Pelechaty!

Published December 7, 2014 by Maryanne

Dr. PelechatyDr. Orest Pelechaty (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Several month ago I had a nagging pain in my shoulder area. It was getting so bad that I was having trouble putting my coat on. At 51, I wouldn’t accept that this was part of growing older. I was always active in many things: yoga, biking, swimming, light weights, Pilates, kickboxing, etc. Plus, I’m not a couch potato by any means. I’m the person who rarely says “no” to invites. So when this arm issue kept getting worse and worse, I complained more and more to my husband, Dennis, who suggested going to Dr. Pelechaty — an acupuncturist that not only got rid of my husband’s pain, but his severe allergies!

I was no stranger to acupuncture, as I already went to several of them, though none felt like “home” to me, until I met Dr. Pelechaty. He was incredibly down to earth … in order words, he spoke my language, and I felt comfortable immediately. Whatever was wrong with my arm, it did take some time to heal, but with consistent acupuncture treatments and Young Living Oils, I’m now 99 percent healed! After months of suffering, I can now: do my yoga shoulder stands again; put on a coat without excruciating pain; and I can hug friends without re-arranging my arm to feel the least pain possible.

Of course I’m not the only person who sings praises for Dr. Pelechaty. Check out the testimonials on his web page: http://www.healandrenew.com/

You can also learn more about holistic health on his You Tube channel. In this first video, he teaches the benefits of water:

For the past few months I’ve been representing Dr. Pelechaty and getting him booked into libraries in the area. If you’re interested in having Dr. Pelechaty speak at your library or event, you may contact me directly at maryannechristiano@gmail.com or call 908-276-1514.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Pelechaty will be presenting “Successful Weight Loss” at the Mountainside Library, 1 Constitutional Plaza, Mountainside, NJ.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Dr. Pelechaty will present “Stay Healthy with the Seasons” at Linden  Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, NJ.

Happy National Spicy Guacamole Day!

Published November 14, 2014 by Maryanne

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Today is National SPICY Guacamole Day. Wanna celebrate? I got you covered. This has been my “go to” party dish for years. I found this recipe on a raw food message board over 10 years ago. It’s very simple.

To make a small serving, blend one avocado, one banana and one clove of garlic. Yes, garlic — that’s what gives it the spicy kick! I’ve had someone tell me, “This is the best guacamole I’ve ever had!”

This recipe is not only good as a party dish, but great to pour over greens when you’re seeking something different in a dressing. It comes out thick and creamy. The fat in avocado is so good for you, I have one every day.

This recipe is suitable for paleo minded as well as vegans and raw foodists.

ENJOY!

Don’t Fig Newton Me!

Published August 31, 2013 by Maryanne

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Delicious!

What is better than a fresh fig?

A fresh fig picked right from the tree!

When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a fig tree. It was always such a treat eating fresh figs straight from the tree. And sad at summer’s end when they wrapped the tree up for the winter. But even more sad over the years, the many times when I mentioned “figs” to someone they’d say, “Oh, Fig Newtons.” I was heart breaking how many people I talked to over the years that never had a fresh fig!

I hate Fig Newtons. I just don’t understand why foodies find it necessary to taint my beloved figs. They dry them, bake them, they makes tarts, chutney, preserves and spirits out of them. They stuff them with cheese, roast them with meat, throw them in salads and then drown them out with dressing.

My poor figs. I just don’t get it. They are just so good on their own, how can you improve perfection? You can’t! This is why I love my figs naked in all their glory. Don’t do anything to them, just let them be figs!

But whether you like figs fresh from the tree or do fancy things with them — if you must — figs are considered the healthiest food, so rejoice in that when you eat figs you are doing something good for yourself. Figs are a good source of potassium which lowers high blood pressure; a good source of fiber; a source of calcium; and they protect against macular degeneration.

Yesterday I was ecstatic when a friend wrote on Face Book that he doesn’t do deliveries, but was offering fresh figs, straight from the tree, to any friend who was willing to drive to his home and pick them up. It just so happened I was visiting my mother and sister in the area the next day — so, hell yeah!

Turned out, the fig tree was huge — at least three times the size of the little one my grandparents had — with dozens of fresh figs waiting to be picked! Did I die and end up in fig heaven? It was such a fun summer thing to do, pick figs straight from the tree with my friend, his wife and their 10-year-old-daughter.

And of course, they were delicious!

Coolest Cars on the Hottest Day!

Published July 14, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1600Coming home, a clear day, light traffic

My husband and I ventured out on this super hot 97 degree day to get some lunch at my favorite vegan restaurant, Loving Hut. On the way home the sky looked so clear and pretty and we saw a lot of great cars, so I whipped the camera out and took a few pictures of the coolest cars on the road today.

SAM_1595Bel Air

SAM_1597Another Bel Air

SAM_1598Custom wagon?

SAM_1599Plymouth GTX

SAM_1584And my lunch, earlier in the day at Loving Hut

Vegetable noodles with soy protein and veggies

Loving Hut (Vegan Restaurant), Matawan, New Jersey

Published June 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1364Lentil, chick pea, mushroom soup

SAM_1365Mango bubble tea with almond milk

SAM_1368Vegan stir fry with faux “shrimp” and brown rice

Dessert was a vegan coconut cake…

But it disappeared before I could get a shot — yum!

SAM_1372Darlene and Maryanne, happy about our happy meal

For more information on Loving Hut: http://lovinghut.us/matawan_01/index.html

Ch-ch-ch-CHIA POD!

Published June 19, 2013 by Maryanne

chia podAnother delicious, healthy treat I tried today is Chia Pod.

It’s a small serving of chia pudding and comes in various flavors. I got the blueberry and it was amazing.

It’s cold processed (which means it’s not pasteurized so you get all the enzymes in the fruit, and it tastes like the fruit was fresh picked). It contains omega 3, fiber and protein.

It’s vegan and there is no added sugar. Simple ingredients: blueberry, coconut milk and chia seeds.

Because of the fiber in chia seeds, the small serving is totally satisfying. But next time I’m going to buy all the flavors and try them all! The little cup comes with a spoon. They should serve these on ice cream trucks. I’m sure kids would love them!

 

 

 

Cold (Raw) Mango Soup!

Published May 6, 2013 by Maryanne

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I just made this amazing cold mango soup (suitable for vegans and raw foodists!)

Simply blend all the following ingredients

2 cups diced organic mangos

1 orange

1/2 large cucumber

1/2 red bell pepper

2 cloves organic garlic

Juice of two limes

Handful of cilantro

1 tablespoon organic cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil

A half cup water

Flavor with sea salt and freshly ground pepper

This makes one serving. And it’s so ultra delicious! Yum!