It's me - Mr. Mojito here!  How about helping me out?  Ms. Trish, is preparing some salmon for dinner and I want her to give me a couple of bites but she absolutely refuses to feed me the "good stuff" no matter how much I stand at her feet and stare at her.  So I was thinking that maybe you could help me.  I'm going to need some kitty crutches and some kitty Band-Aids and maybe some gauze that you could wrap around my head.    You help me get that hospital look going and I'll limp across the room, holding up my left front paw and whimpering and maybe  - just maybe - she'll feel sorry for me and hand over some of her food.  I know it is all very "Oliver Twist-ish" but drastic times call for drastic measures and dag nabbit I want some people food!!!  Who knows?  If this works and I get some salmon this whole thing could explode.  The next thing you know, she could be feeding me doughnuts, and Snickers Bars, and Haagen-Dazs...oh...wait a minute...what I am thinking...those items never have been and never will be in this house.  Oh, well, a cat can have his dreams...
Healthy People, Healthy Pets
Mr. Mojito does indeed beg for salmon, but I don't dare give in because I wouldn't want to reward bad behavior but also because his continuing good health is my responsibility.  There is evidence to suggest that as diabetes in humans increases so does that same diagnosis in pets.  K9 Magazine (www.dogmagazine.net) suggests that pet obesity is an insidious form of animal cruelty.   Perhaps some of us give our pets treats just as we give them to ourselves and that we may even substitute food for exercise in our lives as well as theirs.  As this is my Healthy Living Newsletter, I am hoping that those of you with pets will also ensure that your pets enjoy a healthy lifestyle too.  So be mindful of how, what and when you feed them.  Summer in Florida is in full swing so if you take your pets with you when you travel, make sure you take some water along or that you have reliable water sources along the way and never leave them in the car unattended.  Even though the temperatures are absurdly high, I hope all the dog owners are still managing to get outside for walks.  Remember that concrete and asphalt and sand are HOT HOT HOT right now, so get Fido on grass as quickly as possible and take your walks early and/or late in the day.

Mr. Mojito is 100% dependent on me to keep him lean and healthy.  Check with your veterinarian for suggestions about how to maintain a proper diet as your pet ages.  A fat cat can easily lose years off his life and may also lose that innate feline sense of balance that makes him so acrobatic and athletic.

Balance: By Design
And speaking of balance, how's yours?  This newsletter often addresses the necessity of consuming a balanced diet and staying hydrated.  Typically we do that in conjunction with workout information that encourages a thoughtful blend of cardio and weightlifting.  We also have shared information about the importance of rest and recuperation.   Ultimately, the goal is to balance everything.

This is your life and you only get one crack at it.  So regardless of your age, regardless of your station, create a blueprint that addresses diet, exercise, vacation, vocation, avocation, responsibility and relationships.  Challenge yourself mentally, physically and philosophically.  Trade in bad habits for those that are more productive and rewarding.  Stick to your guns when you know you are right but remember that palm trees bend in a hurricane to keep from snapping in two.
This is your life.   It's yours to pursue.  It's yours to tame.  It's yours to drive.  It's yours to work and to play.  It's yours to design, and redesign and redesign again as you evolve.  Now is a good time to decide if you want to be a bystander or an active participant in the life you lead.  Make a plan, and plan to work it.  If you design your life and abide your own plan, you minimize the unintended consequences that arise when there is no plan.  Make good health and happiness an expected outcome rather than a serendipitous event.
Greek Yogurt: Perfect Panacea?
Greek yogurt has received much favorable press over the past few years and for good reason.  Along with the thick, creamy texture it also provides greater nutritional value.  Greek yogurt differs from typical American yogurt at least in part because the whey has been removed.
This is evident as soon as you open either one.  American yogurt often has clear liquid standing at the top of the container and needs stirring, while Greek yogurt is rich and creamy and ready to eat immediately.  According to a recent magazine article (http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/06/greek-yogurt-better-regular ) the removal of whey serves to concentrate the protein and reduce the carbs in each serving.  Health.com lists Greek Yogurt as one of the world's healthiest foods and recommends it for a variety of uses.  For example, it can be mixed with whole grain cereal and eaten for breakfast or drizzled with honey and nuts as a dessert.  It is an excellent substitute for sour cream in dips and spreads.

Compared to American yogurt, Greek yogurt has less sodium, twice the protein, less sugar, is more easily digested and contributes to intestinal health.  Beyond that, it is just a hearty, tasty treat!  Greek yogurt is just one component of the Mediterranean diet that has been so well received in the medical community and is a simple, versatile addition to the American diet.

Greek yogurt is slightly more expensive, but you're worth it.

Visit www.FageUSA.com for recipes and a coupon.
So excuse me for now, but it is time for me to change the bandages on Mr. Mojito.  Oddly, I noticed that yesterday it was his right front paw that he was favoring and today it seems to be his left...
Spicy Ground Turkey Tacos
By Mayo Clinic staff
Serves 2

2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon oregano
6 ounces extra-lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 whole-wheat, low-fat flour tortillas, about 6 inches in diameter, warmed in the microwave
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup salsa
4 Tbls Greek Yogurt

In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin and oregano.

In a nonstick frying pan, add the ground turkey and onion. Cook over medium heat until the turkey is browned and onion is translucent. Drain well. Add the spices to the turkey mixture. Stir to mix evenly.

To serve, place a 1/4 cup of the turkey mixture in each tortilla. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese, 1/4 of the diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2 tablespoons salsa. Fold in both sides of each tortilla up over the filling, and then roll to close.

Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)
Serving size: 2 tacos
Calories 340
Cholesterol 49 mg
Protein 28 g
Sodium 423 mg
Carbohydrate 31 g
Fiber 7 g
Total fat 13 g
Potassium 681 mg
Saturated fat 4 g
Calcium 209 mg
Monounsaturated fat4 g  
"Fitness - if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a
great body."  ~Cher


Trish Chard
Trish Chard Personal Training

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Orlando, FL 32854
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Healthy People, Healthy Pets
Balance: By Design
Greek Yogurt: Perfect Panacea?
Spicy Ground Turkey Tacos