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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Happy 1 year Blog Anniversary!

    I struggled with the decision to start blogging for about two years.  I wanted to make sure I had a good mental idea of what the blog would be about before starting.  I also wanted to make sure I didn't "burn out" too quickly.  After much debate, I decided to start blogging for the market.  You see, at the market we always have customers asking us how to cook our produce.   The main idea for this blog is to show readers how to make quick, healthy meals with fresh produce.  The blog also gave me the opportunity to share with readers what goes on at the market.  It also allows me to share about my other interests: gardening and running.  Little did I know, it would be so much fun.


    I can truly say this year has been a lot of fun and blogging about it made it even more fun.  I've enjoyed writing every post.  Thankfully, blogging never seemed like a chore, in fact, I would have liked to have blogged even more!

    Here’s a list of my favorite past posts:

    Pineapple Salsa

    How I became a FitFluential Ambassador

    Pork Chops and Apples in the Crock Pot

    Spinach stuffed chicken wrapped with Troyer bacon

    Baking with Grandma Parke

    Parkesdale begins planting for strawberry season


    This post is also extra special because it is my 100th post!  To celebrate both the blog's First Anniversary and my 100th post, here's a Rafflecopter giveaway
     for two $20.00 gift certificates!  Thank you for your continued support!  Good Luck!

  • Are you Heart Healthy?

    February is not just for Valentine's Day.  It is also American Heart Month.  Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, yet most women are not aware of the symptoms.  According to the American Heart Association, women can experience a heart attack without the chest pressure pain most men experience, here's their list of symptoms for women:

    1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
    2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
    3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
    4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
    5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

    When you start talking about heart disease, cholesterol plays a big role.  There's the "good" and the "bad" cholesterol who get the most media attention.  By eating heart healthy foods like berries, beans, legumes, fish and oats you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

    Cholesterol heart disease Do you know your numbers?

    Heart disease is preventable by establishing healthy eating habits, not smoking, starting an exercise program and regular checkups with your doctor.  A great tool is the Heart Attack Risk Calculator provided by the American Heart Association.  The "risk calculator" goes through about 16 questions related to your cholesterol  numbers, body weight, body height and a bit of family history to calculate a risk percentage.


    Heart Attack Risk Calculator Heart Attack Risk Calculator

    For more information on how to live "Heart Healthy" visit Go Red for Women.  They have great information on how to make a lifestyle change that can save your life.

    If you are looking for more information, why not try one of these community events:

    Ladies Night Out, February 26th, 6 - 8 pm - South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City

    Winter Wellness Fair & Expo, February 27th, 9 am to 12 pm - Venice Community Center


    I have to admit, I eat healthy and exercise regularly.  However, I do not know my cholesterol numbers.  If you want to know your "numbers" you can donate blood through a blood donation center and receive your cholesterol numbers free of charge.  You can also get a cholesterol screening by visiting the South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City.  For a $30 fee, they offer cholesterol screenings every fourth Tuesday of the month from 2 to 3 pm.  So, in the spirit of American Heart month, I will go and get a cholesterol screening next Tuesday.  Join me in the Go Red for Women online movement today!

    The people from www.getfitbook.com have given us a promo code (GORED14) to use on any of their products for a 14% discount.  But better hurry, the offer ends on February 28, 2013.



    Do you know your "numbers"?

  • Pick your own strawberries

    ***Strawberry Season in Florida is Nov-April.  Upicks usually open in Mar-April. *******

    Would you like to pick your own strawberries?  If you are ready to spend a day with some succulent, juicy berries and you are not afraid of a little bit of dirt, then it's almost time to head on out to Hillsborough County and find out what a day of picking berries is all about.  We have quite a few farms available for u-picks here in the Plant City, Dover and Riverview Area.

    Parkesdale Farms Strawberry Fields Parkesdale Farms Strawberry Fields

    Spivey Farms

    pick your own strawberries Pick your own Strawberries at Spivey Farms in Plant City, FL

    Spivey Farms is located at 6101 County Road 39 South in Plant City, FL.  They're usually open for "you pick" in March from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Sundays.  Spivey Farms charges $1.00 for 2 quarts.  Please remember to bring cash and call them first to verify they are open.


    Shady Acres Farm

    Shady Acres Farm is located at 3420 Gallagher Rd, Dover FL.  They are now open and will stay open through mid April.


    If you are still looking for somewhere near you to go pick your own strawberries, follow this link for more information.

    Have you ever been "strawberry pickin''?



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