Dijon Mustard Rack of Lamb with Grilled Peach and Mustard Relish

 Dijon Mustard Rack of Lamb with Grilled Peach and Mustard Relish                                                                                                                                                                           Ingredients

  • 2 ripe peaches, halved (pits removed)
  • 1 small onion, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 rack of lamb, frenched
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey


    • Gather these tools: cutting board; chef’s knife; measuring spoons; mixing bowl; spoon; grill; tongs; pastry brush.
    • Preheat a grill.
    • Meanwhile, season the rack of lamb with salt and pepper, brush with oil, and set aside. Season the peaches with salt and pepper, brush with oil, and set aside.
    • Once the grill is hot, place the rack of lamb down on the grill, meat side first. Cook the lamb for about 2-3 minutes per side over the hottest part of the grill.  Move the rack to a cooler part of the grill, brush with honey and Dijon mustard.
    • Place the peach and onion halves on the grill, flesh-side down, next to the lamb. Cover the grill and cook the peaches and lamb for about 15 minutes for medium lamb.
    • Uncover the grill and remove the rack to a plate. Let the rack rest for 10 minutes before carving.
    • While the lamb rests, prepare the relish. Chop the peaches and onions and transfer to medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and add in the mustard and honey.  Set aside.
    • Slice the rack of lamb into 4 double chops and serve with the relish
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How to Improve Body Image and Self-Esteem in Overweight Teens


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I thought this was Important Info for our Teens dealing with weight issues. I found this also on Yahoo Health so I wanted to share. If you have a teen struggling with low self-esteem due to their weight  here are some ways you can help them.Overweight teens who have a higher body satisfaction and positive body image also tend to have higher self-esteem, and are less prone to engage in unhealthy behaviors to control their weight (such as vomiting and missing meals).So says a new study that will be included in the Journal of Adolescent Health in June 2012.“A focus on enhancing self-image while providing motivation and skills to engage in effect weight-control behaviors may help protect young girls from feelings of depression, anxiety or anger sometimes association with being overweight,” said Kerri Boutelle, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, in a press release.

Experts have some suggestions for how parents can help their overweight teens improve their body image in order to potentially prevent any negative psychological or emotional issues.

Ragen Chastain, a dancer, choreographer, speaker, “fat person” and writer of the blog Dances With Fat, said in an email that there is one main way parents can help their teens have a high body satisfaction.

“Take the focus off of weight and put it on health,” Chastain said.

“By taking a health-focused approach, kids see healthy behaviors as ways to feel good and nurture their bodies, and they succeed every time they engage in a healthy behavior, and develop a lifelong love of healthy foods and movement (instead of seeing healthy behaviors as punishment for being fat or a way to keep from becoming fat, and judging their success or failure based on a scale.)”

She said in general she believes overweight adolescents tend to have more issues with healthy self-esteem and body image.

“Kids don’t separate themselves from their bodies, so you cannot have a ‘war on childhood obesity’ without having a war on obese kids,” Chastain said.

“These teens are the casualties of that war. When Michelle Obama says that she wants to eradicate childhood obesity in a generation, obese kids hear that she wants to eradicate them.”

She added that research suggests that in most cases, “weight control behaviors led to eating disorders and obesity, but did not lead to normal weight teens or adults.” However, this insistence on certain weight loss behaviors is still prevalent.

“Kids don’t take care of things they hate, and that includes their bodies, so any health intervention that includes body shame is going to create self-esteem and body image issues,” Chastain said.

“Meanwhile studies show that healthy habits lead to healthy bodies of many shapes and sizes. We are doing it wrong, it’s time to be honest about that and shift the focus to a health-centered approach.”

She said that according to research, since there has been a focus on children’s weight in the past few years, there has been an increase in hospitalizations for eating disorders in children.

She added that girls seem to have a few different challenges than boys when it comes to their body acceptance.

“They are sold the message that they should judge their beauty by whether or not boys like them/want to have sex with them, and boys are sold the idea that fat women are ugly, disgusting, lazy, unhealthy etc.,” Chastain said.

Janet Zinn, a licensed clinical social worker, said in an email that parents need to start with their own body image issues in order to help their children. Here are her suggestions:

  1. “First, and most importantly do not speak poorly of your own body. Children pick up these behaviors and deem it acceptable because you are doing it. Learn to love or accept your own body, and it will be easier for your daughter to accept hers.”
  2. “If you have spoken ill of your own body in the past, let her know you’re learning to change that and perhaps you can work on that together to support one another to only say kind things to each other and about yourselves.”

She said overweight teens seem to have more self-esteem and body acceptance issues because of how our society is, and once a focus on thinness changes, so will the issues that overweight teens have.

“The only reason overweight teens may have more issues is because our society perpetuates unhealthy and unrealistic expectations of one super skinny body fits all,” Zinn said.

“When we can embrace diversity in size, and appreciate the beauty of difference, then the messages that go out to teens will alter their negative self-esteem.”

Some teens may also be overweight due to emotional eating, which only adds to the negativity they feel.

“Some teens may eat as a way to soothe internal suffering,” Zinn said. “If that is the case, they are already feeling bad, and the negative messages they receive from others about their bodies only increases their pain, especially when they are already feeling fragile.”

Michelle Phillips, the author of “The Beauty Blueprint: 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams,” said it’s important to have teens value themselves outside of their bodies.

“The girls who are happy with their bodies are happy inside,” Phillips said.

“Work with your teens to build their self-esteem by focusing on their qualities that aren’t physical; their hearts, minds, and spirits. Big or small, these are the qualities of true beauty that no one can take from you.”

She said there is a lot of pressure to be perfect from the media, and overweight teens don’t take this message lightly.

“What they don’t know is that there is no such thing as perfect,” Phillips said.

“As a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with some of the top names in modeling and entertainment, I know how much goes into [making] them appear perfect and how they really feel about themselves. We are all perfect in our own way and need to learn to celebrate our so-called perfect and imperfect qualities. Think of this, perfect copies have no value, but ‘originals’ are priceless.”

Lyn Hicks, a “living green expert,” said in an email that just encouraging teens to dance and do yoga can improve how they feel about themselves. She said women in general, and teens who are overweight, tend to be disconnected from their bodies and engage in emotional eating. However, by dancing they can learn to connect to their bodies again.

“It helps emotions move without thinking about it, negative energy is released easily through movement, it helps our self-esteem, our sense of beauty, gets us out of our head, and of course will help us physically because dancing is a work out,” Hicks said.

“It is a wonderful starting place to offer a teen such a simple practice.”

Shafonne Myers, a certified wedding and event planner who has a plus-size bride website and print magazine, added in an email that overweight teens need to be informed that success comes at all sizes in order to help their body image and self-esteem issues.

“Parents have to help children understand that they are not alone and that there are other people, celebrities and such, that are larger and they are still successful and doing well,” Myers said.

“Being plus size all my life, I was always brought up to realize that I am who I am and I’m beautiful any way I was. I think this is what has let to my confidence and success.”

She thinks that low self-esteem and body image issues are not only reserved for overweight teens — skinny teens suffer too.

“I think the biggest point to emphasize is that people become more confident about their body types when they are exposed to people and situations where their body type is prevalent,” Myers said.

“We can’t expect an overweight person to be confident about their body type if they never see other people with that body type that they look up to or see as being successful. This is what translates to them that their body type is OK, thus building self-confidence.”                                                                                                                                                       Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips, Top Weight loss, Health, Eating, Nutrition, Fitness, Calorie, Obesity, Overweight, body image, Self-esteem, Michelle Obama, Michelle Phillips, Behavior

‘Bad’ Fat May Hurt Brain Function Over Time

FRIDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) — Women who eat a lot of “bad”  saturated fat may hurt their overall brain function and memory over time,  Harvard University researchers report.

In contrast, eating more “good” monounsaturated fat improved brain  function and memory, suggesting that fats may have the same effect on the  brain as they do on the heart, the researchers added.

“Making changes and substitutions in one’s diet to eat fewer saturated  fats and consume more monounsaturated fats might be a way to help prevent  cognitive decline in older people,” said lead researcher Dr. Olivia  Okereke, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  “This is important because cognitive decline affects millions of older  people. So, this is a promising area of research.”

Just like exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking,  this may be another modifiable factor in the fight against mental decline,  Okereke added.

“Such modifiable factors are important because these are things that  people can actually change and over which they can exert some individual control,”  she said.

The report was published in the May 18 online edition of the Annals  of Neurology.

For the study, Okereke’s team collected data on 6,000 women who took  part in the U.S. Women’s Health Study.

These women took three brain function tests every two years over an  average span of four years.

In addition, they filled out detailed food questionnaires at the start  of the study and before the brain tests.

The researchers found that over time, women who ate the highest amounts  of saturated fat had the worst overall brain function and memory, compared  to the women who ate the least.

Moreover, women who ate the most monounsaturated fats had higher scores  on brain tests over the four years of testing, they note.

Saturated fat comes from animal fats such as red meat and butter, while  monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil and other vegetable  products.

In the study, the researchers accounted for many things that could  influence the findings, including age, education, exercise, smoking,  drinking, medication use and health conditions. This is done to ensure  that the findings are not due to better health behaviors among certain  women.

“We think it is unlikely that these findings regarding dietary fat  would be primarily explained by a healthy lifestyle in those with more  education,” Okereke said.

Although this study was among women, “it would make sense that the  basic underlying reasons for the findings we saw in women should also  apply to men,” she added.

Samantha Heller, a dietitian, nutritionist, exercise physiologist and  clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin  Hospital in Derby, Conn., commented that “it appears that the effects of  eating a lot of saturated fat and the foods associated with it, such as  red and processed meats, cheese and butter, over time creates a cascade  effect of ill-health.”

This study supports others that have found an association between  saturated fats, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and an increased  decline in brain function, she said.

“Saturated fat has been associated with an increased risk of  atherosclerosis, cancer and diabetes, and may increase fat storage in your  abdomen — commonly referred to as ‘ab flab,'” Heller said.

“Ab flab in and of itself increases the risk for heart disease,  diabetes, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.

The evidence is stacking up against consuming saturated fat regularly,  Heller said.

“To lower your intake of saturated fat, choose low or nonfat dairy  foods such as fat-free milk and yogurt. Stick with skinless poultry and  fish. Limit red and processed meats such as beef, pork, lamb, hot dogs or  bologna, to a few times a month. Experiment with meatless meals such as  veggie burgers, spinach-eggplant lasagna, or black bean, corn and avocado  tacos,” she advised

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