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18
SEP
By Susan Piergeorge

September Food Safety Awareness Month

By Susan Piergeorge
Posted in: Nutrition

September is Food Safety Awareness Month! Take the Kitchen Quiz and see how you score on Food Safety!

By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN

 

1. True or false
It’s important to wash all food s including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry prior to eating or preparing to cook.

 

2. You’ve experienced a power outage. The food should be safe if:

A. The outage only lasted an hour

B. The temperature of the food remains at 40°F or lower for both the refrigerator and freezer

C. It looks and tastes ok

D. a and b only

 

3. The temperature danger zone is:

A. 50-150°F

B. 40-140°F

C. 60-165°F

D. 30-150°F

 

4. You’ve made sandwiches for lunch the night before and refrigerated them. They should be safe if:

A. They are kept refrigerated until eating if made with raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish or eggs

B. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is safe at room temperature

C. You’ve packed the sandwiches in an insulated bag or container with some sort of ice source such as a frozen gel pack or container of frozen juice.

D. All of the above

E. None of the above

 

5. The universal temperature for assuring meats, poultry, fish and leftovers are safely cooked is:

A. 175°F

B. 150°F

C. 165°F

D. There is no universal temperature

 

Answers
1. False. It’s important to wash all produce whether eating the skin or not (including onion, garlic, etc.) as bacteria can spread from outside to inside. However washing meats may actually spread bacteria by juices splashing and contaminating surfaces.

2. D. a and b only. If foods are left at room temperature for more than 2 hours, they can enter the temperature danger zone and potentially become hazardous until steps are taken to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Contaminated food doesn’t always taste or look bad so it’s important to not rely on sight or taste. One exception is frozen foods. If there are still ice crystals remaining on frozen items and the food is at or below 40°F then the food may be safe. Also try to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible during at outage to keep temperatures low.

3. B. 40-140°F is considered the temperature danger zone for food to become hazardous when left at these temperatures over 2 hours.

4. D. As long as perishable foods are kept refrigerated until eating they should be safe. Peanut butter and jelly are not considered perishable foods so they can be kept at room temperature. Once opened, however, refrigerate jelly.

5. D. There is no universal safe temperature for cooked protein or leftovers.  For specific protein and leftover recommendations go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/Keep_Food_Safe_Food_Safety_Basics

Excerpted from Susan’s blog www.boomerbewell.com. This and additional information related to food, health and nutrition can be found in Susan’s book, “Boomer Be Well! Rebel Against Aging through Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle,” which is available in our online shop and Golden Door Boutique. 

09-18-2014
Posted in: Nutrition
16
SEP
By Nick Poggi

Three Ways to Make Exercise a Fun Part of Life

By Nick Poggi
Posted in: Fitness

Let’s face it, unless you are a personal trainer who relishes at any chance to exercise you probably don’t enjoy working out.  It’s hard, time consuming and not everyone looks forward to the feeling of sore muscles. The reality of the situation is we all must exercise, our bodies need it and without doing it often we can face serious health problems. So how do we go about making exercise part of our daily lives?

– Find a physically active hobby that you enjoy: Whether it be walking your dog, playing tennis with a friend, or going on a nature hike, finding an activity that you enjoy not only will add happiness to your life, but exercise as well.

– Find an exercise friend: Going to the gym is a lot less stressful when you have a friend to look forward to seeing. You use 60 percent more energy to talk while you’re working out. There will be many days where you are not in the mood for exercising, but definitely in the mood to see a friend.  Another advantage is having a goal like weight loss in common with a gym buddy helps to motivate both individuals towards success.

– Reward yourself: Create an exercise goal for yourself with a reward upon completion. For example, if you love authentic Mexican food make a deal with yourself that if you go to the gym four out of five weekdays you will be rewarded with going out to a Mexican restaurant on the weekend. Remember, being fit doesn’t mean you can’t eat or drink what you like, it just means you are making your health a priority.

 

09-16-2014
Posted in: Fitness
12
SEP
By Carol Tibbetts

Yield to the Present

By Carol Tibbetts
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness

On a recent trip to Northern California, the sign – yield to the present – came into view as I entered the property of Spirit Rock, a place I was exploring for a future retreat. It made me think about how challenging it is to stay present in today’s world. Maybe if we posted sticky note signs in our homes and offices it would help us remember what is truly important.  Instead of “to-dos” and grocery lists, we could write:  Be Aware.  Slow Down.  Just Breathe.  Be kind.

I have often thought about yield signs.  How so few drivers actually yield:  Not  slowing down to allow other cars to enter or exit.  Am I alone in noticing this?  To yield means to “give way to,” which is an aspect of mindfulness:  being aware of what is present, without forcing your viewpoints or preconceptions.

Whether on the road or off, we are often in a state of autopilot.  Our minds wander elsewhere as we mechanically move our bodies or perform tasks, while ignoring not only other people and the space around us, but our breath as well. But – if we simply reconnect to our in-breath and out-breath, we bring body, mind and breath together.  We become present.  That one conscious breath allows a big pause, so instead of reacting habitually or in an unconscious way we might regret, we are better able to yield, or give way to others’ feelings and respond intelligently, or not at all.

In the midst of our daily whirlwind of distractions it’s not easy to yield to mindfulness.  But remember, just like learning to drive, it takes practice to become more skillful at driving mindfully through life. When you notice yourself not being present, be grateful you noticed, and then get back on the road.  That is the practice, being able to start again. And it’s what cultivates resilience, a beneficial side-effect of mindfulness that we all need, to joyfully navigate through life’s hills and valleys.

For more on mindfulness, read “Twelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind, & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  Available on-line & at Golden Door Boutique. Stay on the mindful path with me by following my posts.

 

09-12-2014
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness
10
SEP
By Golden Door

Golden Door Fall Harvest Bean Salad

By Golden Door
Posted in: Recipes

Fall Harvest Bean Salad
Makes approx. 4-6 salads

Ingredients:
2 1/2 pounds assorted beans such as (Kentucky blue lake, haricots vert, French beans, romano, etc) cleaned and trimmed to 1 ½ inch – 2 inch pieces
¼ cup thin sliced red onion
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
1 watermelon radish sliced thin
½ cup white balsamic
¼ cup fruity EVOO
¼ tsp dill pollen or 1 tsp fresh dill chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste

 
Method:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Blanch beans in boiling water till tender, cool with an ice bath. Work in batches so you don’t overcrowd while cooking. Set the beans aside on a towel lined dish or pan.

2. Heat ¼ cup white balsamic and ¼ tsp salt till a simmer add onions and remove from the heat, let sit for 5 min. Place ¼ cup ice in the mixture and set aside to cool.

3. In a bowl add beans, sliced radish and pomegranate seeds toss with ¼ cup white balsamic and ¼ cup EVOO. Salt and pepper to taste. Let sit and marinate for minimum 10 minutes while you assemble plates and drain onions.

4. Fill a small bowl or plate with 1 ½ cups of the mixture, garnish with onion slices and dill pollen or fresh cut dill.

09-10-2014
Posted in: Recipes
09
SEP
By Susan Piergeorge

Announcing New Nutrition Class at Golden Door!

By Susan Piergeorge
Posted in: News, Nutrition, Spa

Ever wonder what’s behind some of those nutrition claims? Is organic really better than conventional farming? Does high fructose corn syrup cause belly fat? What is GMO and is it safe? Learn the answers to these and other current nutrition buzzwords circulating. Attend our “What’s in My Food?” class during your next stay with us at the Golden Door presented by our nutritionist Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN!

Learn more about Golden Door’s dynamic Nutrition Program here!

09-09-2014
Posted in: News, Nutrition, Spa
04
SEP
By Golden Door

Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

By Golden Door
Posted in: Recipes, Spa

Delight your taste buds with this rich and creamy Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream recipe from Chef Greg Frey Jr. The perfect combination of rose and pistachio produce an unforgettable taste. Best of all, its a snap to prepare.

Ingredients

2 cup whole milk

2 cup half and half

1 cup sugar

12 threads saffron

2 TBSP Â rose water

1 TBSP pistachio oil

4 egg yolks

Crush the saffron threads between your fingers and add to the rose water. Let stand for 20 minutes. Bring the milk and sugar to 165 degrees slowly add the hot milk into a separate bowl with the egg yolks and pistachio oil while whisking. Add the rose water and chill the mixture before adding to your ice cream maker.

 

09-04-2014
Posted in: Recipes, Spa
02
SEP
By Carol Tibbetts

Mindful Monday Tip

By Carol Tibbetts
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness, Spa

Events that force us to slow down – gridlock traffic, red lights, long check-out lines – can serve as reminders to slow down and become aware of what’s going on in the world both around us and inside us. To get out of our heads and into our hearts for even just a few moments.  Use those times as your mindfulness wake-up call.  Stop, look, listen – and just be.  The next time you’re at a red light, resist the urge to use your phone, and make an inner connection instead: Follow your in and out breath.  Or, as you’re waiting for your check in a restaurant or in line at the supermarket, become  present to your surroundings and you may notice that the whole place is busy, there are many other customers, and the waiter or cashier seem to be the only ones working.  As you practice this mindful art of being, notice how your patience grows.

For more on mindfulness, read  â€œTwelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  (Available at Golden Door Boutique or shop on-line)  Stay on the mindful path with me by following my posts. Share comments & questions here or email me at ctibbetts@goldendoor.com

 

09-02-2014
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness, Spa
29
AUG
By Carol Tibbetts

August Mindful Musing: Acceptance

By Carol Tibbetts
Posted in: Spa

Sometimes we find ourselves so fixated on perfection or future results we don’t enjoy what we’re doing in the present.  To build patience and help you stay open to learning, accept where you are now.  Appreciate small successes and the subtle changes or ease with which you perform an activity that will add up and make a difference in the end.  Keep your goal in mind, but avoid fixating on it.  Be content, but not complacent.

(Excerpt and photos from August chapter of  “Twelve Mindful Months” by Carol Tibbetts)

For more on mindfulness, read  â€œTwelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  (Available at Golden Door Boutique or shop on-line)  Stay on the mindful path with me by following my posts. Share comments & questions here or email me at ctibbetts@goldendoor.com

 

08-29-2014
Posted in: Spa
28
AUG
By Golden Door

Beauty Week with Dr. Ava Shamban October 12-19, 2014

By Golden Door
Posted in: Accommodations, News, Spa

As a part of the Golden Door’s ongoing effort to introduce our guests to the most innovative ideas in health, fitness, skin care and nutrition, we are proud to welcome dermatologist and “skin visionary” Dr. Ava Shamban the week of October 12-19, 2014.

Dr. Shamban is a member of the Golden Door’s unique PATH (Professional Advisory Team on Health) program. PATH is an exclusive group of experts representing all aspects of personal health.

During her visit, Dr Shamban will present talks on the theme of “Beauty Within, Beauty Without”—informing  and educating our guests on the best ways to care for their skin and delay the effects of aging, the latest in anti-aging treatments, and how to find and utilize their “Signature Feature”.

Ava Shamban M.D. is a renowned board-certified dermatologist licensed to practice medicine in California, New York and Hawaii. In addition to serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, she is also owner and director of two practices, AVA MD, in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Shamban is also known as the “Extreme Makeover” dermatologist, the resident expert on the Emmy winning daytime talk show, “The Doctors,” author of the book, Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal, and more recently the host of the new Condé Nast Entertainment digital series, “Dr. Ava Says” as an Allure Insider.

 

 

08-28-2014
Posted in: Accommodations, News, Spa
25
AUG
By Nick Poggi

Beat Fatigue with these Four At-Home Body Weight Exercises

By Nick Poggi
Posted in: Fitness

For many of us in today’s world every morning starts the same way. We wake up with high hopes of exercise, yet as the day progresses and fatigue sets in we fall short of our good intentions and fall prey to the comforts of relaxing at home on the couch.  It’s important to know this does happen to everyone, so next time you find yourself skipping your workout and heading for home try these four fast blasting body weight exercises to get the benefits of the gym in a more convenient setting.

–  Body weight squat

–  Push ups

–  Crunches

–  Tricep Dips

Perform each exercise 2 times for 15 repetitions each and within 10 minutes you will have your workout done and you’ll be ready to relax.

08-25-2014
Posted in: Fitness
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