MANGO MANGO

God’s Perfect Fruit.  The Mango.  I could spend endless hours talking about how amazing this fruit is, but let me just go ahead and spare you.  Often I get asked how I can possibly live through the Indian summer; it’s simple…Mango, and I am serious about it!  Nothing quenches the tastebuds like a cold mango on a 45C/113F degree summer day.

Since the beginning of mango season I have eaten over 200 of these luscious fruits and never grow tired of them.  Each day, I pick up fresh and ready to eat organic kesar or alfanso mangos from my local street vendor.  Cutting into the flesh and separating the pit to suck clean has been a highlighted ritual of my daily living.

I have gone through 4 stages of eating mangoes through the season.

*Note – 6 mangoes were eaten to make this entry.

1.  Cut and dice.  This is the norm, it’s what everyone does.  It takes time, but what else are your options?…well…there are options, which leads me to…

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2. Split and scoop.  This is a result of living alone and reverting to the ‘bachelor’ life, as I begin to highlight my true lack of domestic skills.  I have no one I need to dice for other than me, so what’s point?  Or maybe I was just too impatient.  Either way, that became too inconvenient as well as I eliminated the spoon completely…

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3.  Peel and Scrape.  Am I reverting to Neanderthal ages or just getting smarter?  Either way, I am getting that mango to my mouth quicker.  Isn’t that the point?  But then, just as the season was coming to an end, I had a new discovery thanks to a family member.  Beyond brilliant, it solved all issues you could ever have on how to penetrate the skin if you didn’t have a knife on hand…

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4. Massage and Suck.  Don’t take this method into the gutter.  It is simply genius.  You can take your mangoes on the go and never have to cut them!  It will make the mango more into a juice or a near aamras texture, however it never alters the flavor of this delicious fruit.  Wash it, chill it, massage it, pinch, suck and clean it out.  AMAZING.

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*I am not sure this is true or not, someone mentioned to me that there are people who can be allergic to the sap (if you are poison ivy sensitive – which I am extremely allergic…no issues for me) or the skin (if you allergic to latex).

New Life In A New Land

IMG_2054It’s something I cannot explain, but I love it.  It is not an easy life, yet I want to live it.  I will never be one of them and will always be looked at differently.  I will always be treated like a visitor, no matter how local I become.  People will always say things in front of me expecting me not to understand.  And they will ALWAYS stare no matter what I say, wear, or do.  I will not make friends because I am in my thirties and have no children and have a husband that lives ten thousand miles away from me.  At the end of the day I go to an empty house and spend the evening alone.  All for the love of my job and this country I have fallen in love with; there is still no other place I’d rather be.

It has been a long time coming.  Other offers had come and gone in the past, but this was the one to take…I had actually come to the conclusion that moving here was going to just be a fantasy, since year after year I was denied by my other half whenever it came to the final decision to make the move.  This time was different.  Just when I was about to accept that the life I wanted would never be, it happened…and here I am.  A new job in a new country, this new place I now call my home now. 

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I look forward to the many adventures that are ahead of me.  My patience will be tested daily.  I will get very little sleep in comparison to what I am used to.  It will be uncomfortably hot and dirty.  I will not get to race as I once did…the one thing that has always given me life.  Hopefully there will be something there to help keep that spark within me. 

I am here now.  This is my home.  Welcome to India.

A Father’s Influence

It’s is rare that I ever post an article that I read, simply because it is not my work.  However, today is a different day.  I am lucky to get to work with this man.  He one of the best at what he does in the fitness industry and lives the lifestyle that goes with it.  An influencer not only to the ones he works with, but also to his family…his daughter, who did this beautiful interview for O2 Max Fitness for Father’s Day.

We truly need more parents like this in the world who understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and the affects it has on their children.  Leading by example and influencing their children’s lives will help set them up for many healthy years.  It can be one of the greatest gifts you can ever give.

Check out their article:  How a Fit and Successful Father has Influenced His Daughter