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It’s a Good Thing September 17, 2009

     Okay, okay, I’ll admit it.  I once was a Martha Stewart wanna be.  I even went so far as to can green tomato pickles one year for Christmas gifts, because Martha said they were fabulous, and the bright green color was so festive.

     Now, time dictates what I consider a “good thing”.  Today, it’s a great exercise tip, food tip, surprise, timesaver, etc.  I recently rounded up a few from magazines, books, and friends.  Enjoy.

     *In the week before your period when those sugar cravings hit, “bulk up” (literally!) on high fiber foods.  The cravings will diminish or go away.

     *Energy drinks have as much caffeine as six cups of coffee.  Okay, if your workout is a.m., but lay off if you’re a p.m. exercise junkie….your slumber time will thank you!

     *Tired of searching for the perfect running shoe???  I know I get tired of searching for Sauconys that were discontinued about three years ago.  Ebay can only go so far.  Check out , which will build you the perfect shoe based on your running needs (support, cushioning, running style–pronator, supinator, etc., weight)

     *Sore muscles after running all the time?  Try drinking cherry juice before  you lace up those sneaks.  Cherries have lots of anthocyanins, compounds that reduce inflammation!

     *If you’re like me, and cook way too much food for you, your significant other, or your family, and always have leftovers you FORGET about in the fridge…check out , which has a system that allows you to input a particular food, how long it’s been in your fridge (approximately!), and whether or not it’s okay to still eat it.  Love it.

     *An easy math problem….how many calories can you eat and still lose weight????  I’ve seen every calculation in the book.  And I’m no Algebra whiz.  So take your desired weight, multiply by 11, and presto….aim for those calories.

     *Love pickles, olives, and pickled beets?  Good thing, because vinegar has been proven to have enzymes that BREAK DOWN FAT.  You heard me, people.  Start drinking that pickle juice. 

     *October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I have a good friend who is suffering with this damned disease right now…for the second go round.  Let’s support causes that donate to research to kick breast cancer’s ass.  Here’s a few I recently found: a gorgeous trendy necklace by Prismera Design, $80; Susan G. Komen Foundation gets a whopping 10% ; like high end sunglasses?  Lacoste shades, super cute $125, another 10% to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, for stores;  love sweet/homey smells in your home?  ALL the net proceeds from the Antica Farmacista Home Ambience Fragrance Peonia Romantico collection go to Gilda’s Club (in honor of Gilda Radnor), $25 for 100ml at .

     * And finally, an easy peasy lemon cheesy recipe to make your life a little easier….I made this one up, just by being bored one day and wanting something quick, easy, healthy, and of course, using ingredients I had on hand. 

PITA PIZZA: one whole wheat pita, jar of spaghetti sauce (I used leftover piece of a jar I had in the fridge!), fresh mozzarella (I keep some in the summer for tomato and mozzarella Caprese salad….), fresh basil, sliced olives, and any leftover meats from dinner the night before will do.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray pita lightly with spray, place on cookie sheet and pop in oven for five minutes. Spread pita with spaghetti sauce, sprinkle with meat and olives, top with small slices of mozzarella and finish with basil.  Turn oven to broil, and slide pita under broiler for about 3-4 minutes or until mozzarella is melted and bubbly.  Cut in half with pizza cutter, and enjoy!

There are my Martha tips for the day.  Sorry there’s not more on exercise…I am working hard to get in at least four days a week, but with the girls’ schedules it’s kind of hit and miss.  Have a great week!