Happy Grandparents Day!

Wishing you a happy grandparents’ day from our Papou and Yia Yia to yours.  Grandparents are the gift God grants to us all. They offer smiles, warmth, wonderful stories, bringing past generations to life and sharing the grace of wisdom of a life lived well.

Today we say thank you Papou and Yia Yia, Paw Paw and Nana, grandma and grandpa all names being one and the same, filled with  love.

Labor Day 

It is easy in today’s fast paced society to become off track or even get our priorities out of balance. That’s way today Labor Day I am taking time to enjoy friends at local 5miler and I hoping that you too spend some of your Labor Day on you. I find that when I keep family, friends, work both mental and physical health in balance I achieve a greater success than when only one thing has priority. 
Happy Running! 

Egg and Wine ~ Fun Monday Finds


While doing my monthly foodie magazine reads I happened across two very different  fun fact finds. One is called, Get Cracked in bon appetit, March 2014. The other is by, Megan Krigbaum, Avoiding Bad Wines, Februrary 2014, Food & Wine.

First things first, how to do you get just the right egg? It can be found in the timing. The entire page is geared to what time is perfect for what you want to do with your egg. Five minutes line up your toast for sliders. Seven minutes ready for ramen, nine minutes perfect time for Salade Nicoise and 13 minutes for the all important deviled eggs! For more information you can go to bonappetit.com/egg.

It seems that just as I think I am solid with my wine knowledge, well then something like this next article on Avoiding Bad Wine shows up and I learn a new thing or two. Wonderful quote “Be realistice. Odds are a $15 bottle of from a notoriously pricey region, like Burgundy or Napa, is probably to good to be true”.  Storage Tips: Optimal storage temperature is 55 F.; Under the bed is a decent option; Don’t stash bottles of wine in the kitchen; it can get too hot. For many other interesting and helpful tips head over to Food & Wine and enjoy.

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It is time ~ 4th Annual Papouli’s The Race to Remember 5k & 10k Run/Walk

4th Annual Papouli’s Race to Remember

Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

Having personally experienced the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, this is a cause very close to our hearts.

The Alzheimer’s Association strives to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Facts about Alzheimer’s:

    • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
    • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age – up to 5% of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
    • Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.
    • Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
  • Alzheimer’s has no cure. Treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for patients and their caregivers.

Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.

Ready to Sign Up?
Lace up your shoes and run (or walk) to help learn more about Alzheimer’s. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas chapter.

Register Online now or at the race.

Questions or Sponsorship Inquiries
Contact Amber Anthony at 210-735-1300 or amber@papoulis.com

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association – San Antonio & South Texas Chapter here.

Lifestyle Partner Event ~ Join us!

The Runners Ranch Relay Luau Night Run

Saturday, August 29, 2015 6:00 PM
23350 Campbellton Rd
San Antonio, TX

Event Summary:
The Runners Ranch will be hosting a luau themed night run that consist of a 4- person team relay. Each runner will run a 1.75 mile loop on the sandy trails of the Runners Ranch. Be prepared to run on the sand, get lei’d, and hula the night away to live music. So get those teams ready and we will see you at the Runners Ranch.

Event Details:
Event LocationThe Runners Ranch
23350 Campbellton Rd.

San Antonio, TX  78264
Course Map: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=563989



Open Male, Open Female, Mixed (2 males, 2 females)

Event Fees:

$100 Per Team
Race day registration: $120 per team

No Refunds! 

Live music by Bexar Bones


Food provided by Papoulis Greek Grill Restaurant

Packet pick-up


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2015

Walk to End Alzheimer's

I’m stepping up as a leader in the fight against the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

Because I’m so passionate about this cause, I’m challenging myself to raise at least $1,000 and achieve Grand Champion status. I need your help to get there. Every dollar you donate will help the Alzheimer’s Association® continue to support the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s and the over 15 million caregivers today — and fight for a future free of this devastating disease.

The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me, but it will take all of us to finish it. Please consider supporting my efforts with a donation.

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Expanded Interest

Have you noticed something new on our site? With our growing fan base, it is a pleasure to welcome guest bloggers to our Eat Fit to Live blog. We look forward to stretching into new areas and topics to provide you with extra resources and knowledge to live the best Mediterranean lifestyle you can. Stay tuned and don’t forget to leave us your comments!

Have you ever considered a Reset Retreat?

Our guest blogger, Cierra Savatgy-King, explains…


Do you wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, and do it again the next day? Have you found yourself rinsing, repeating and losing sight of who you are in the midst of day-to-day monotony?

You are not alone. It’s extremely easy to fall into patterns, and those patterns aren’t always healthy ones. We frequently use ‘healthy’ when referring to the food we put in our bodies or the exercise we exert, but our mental wellness is not to be forgotten. Refocusing on pattern resetting can jolt us out of auto-pilot living and into more aware, healthy individuals who are living with intention.

I know this story all too well. And I never thought I would. Somehow the day-to-day shuffle found roots in me and it was like an invasive plant. The nasty roots kept growing. My life was on auto-pilot and I wasn’t taking care of myself. The more I spoke with others about this, the more I realized we could all use a little help.

So I decided to do something about it. I co-founded a company that helps other people reset their patterns in an unforgettable setting.

Reset Retreat is a wellness and adventure retreat in Belize with a focus on resetting your path. Our focus is helping guests make themselves the priority. We provide an exotic environment in which guests can disconnect from the world and reconnect with themselves. The 5-day experience includes daily life coaching and yoga, a sail on a stunning catamaran, a snorkel adventure to swim side-by-side with docile sharks and other sea creatures, and a chance to relax, unwind and learn tools to reset your patterns.

Psst. Round trip flights for guests flying from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and Corpus Christi are included, but only until July 24th. Check it out.

Unforgettable settings create a perfect recipe for self-discovery because all our senses are firing. We’re hearing things more clearly. We notice the color of the water. We’re more open to what we’re seeing. And those lessons are easier to recall when we need them later.

However, not everyone can attend a retreat like this. That doesn’t mean there aren’t small daily things you can easily do to help reset your own patterns. Sometimes it’s the tiny things we do that allow us to see life just slightly different: and then those big steps aren’t clouded with fog. Clarity emerges.

10 simple ways to reset your daily patterns to turn off auto-pilot and allow for self-discovery. These tiny changes had a monumental effect for me.

  1. Drive home a different way. You have to be more aware of where a stop-light is or if you’re passing a school zone. It forced me to be aware of my surroundings and I started noticing beautiful trees and flowers I’d never seen before in my own neighborhood.
  2. Give your taste buds a shock. Try a menu item you normally wouldn’t pick at your favorite restaurant or challenge yourself to try 5 different types of greens with your dinner for one week. You may find you really like something that’s healthy for your body that you hadn’t tried before.
  3. Let nature lead you. Instead of plopping in front of the TV to relax, drive/walk to the nearest park – or a park you’ve always been curious about. Have something creative in mind (writing, drawing) or just sit for 15 minutes and notice the sounds and smells. Disconnect your electronics.
  4. Stop using the word “busy.” When someone asked how I was, I used to always respond with, “busy.” I realized how often I was using this and how it provides no value to say it. We are all busy! It’s like answering, “I’m alive! And you?” I tried not allowing myself to use this word for a month, then realized how big of a change I felt. I now consider “busy” profanity in my house. Consider the question with a real response. It shifts the energy. “Today I’m excited because I nailed a presentation” “Really? What was it about?” Boom. Authenticity unites.
  5. Call your barista by their name. It somehow feels awkward for me to do this. I don’t think it’s just me, because I noticed most of us don’t do it…even when the person is wearing a nametag. Test it out: you may be surprised at how it actually wakes up the person in front of you and they engage with you personally. It’s a fun experiment.
  6. Do your daily walks/runs backwards. Not literally backwards, though that would shake it up too. Go the opposite way you normally go or pick a different path altogether, even if you have to drive 3 minutes to get to another neighborhood. Houses, trees, and yards look different. You don’t know what’s right around the next corner.
  7. Dance like a complete fool with a ‘Morning Happy Dance’: This sounds totally silly and I may regret sharing this, but sometimes at my house we have “Morning Happy Dances.” They consist of about 30 seconds of throwing your hands around in the air, jumping with no rhythm whatsoever, making contorted movements…then going back to normal like it’s no biggie. If that doesn’t “wake me up” out of a funky pattern, I don’t know what would. A more low key example: While sitting at work, try getting up and taking an unexpected short walk around the office with a coworker.
  8. Try saying ‘yes’ to something you normally say ‘no’ to. I have a friend who believes in saying ‘yes’ to almost every invite. It has led him to some incredible experiences that most of us would consider once-in-a-life. (It’s also led him to being taken by real pirates once, so there’s that). Point being, saying ‘yes’ to something wild can completely wake up every inch of your senses. A friend invited me to a trapeze class. “What? You want me to fly through the air, 40 feet up with no training?” I did it. My hands were shaking like I’ve never shaken before – and I’m not even afraid of heights. I felt more free than I’d felt in years.
  9. Try saying ‘no’ to something you normally say ‘yes’ to. Alternatively, ‘no’ can allow for unexpected ‘me time.’ I tend to pack my schedule completely full. The old me would think if my calendar wasn’t filled, I was doing something wrong. But what actually has happened with some empty slots, besides less stress and ‘me time’, is that open slots have allowed for spontaneity with things I truly care about. It never gets written in my calendar, it just happens.
  10. Set a goal (with a deadline) and reach it: This can be small and attainable. It’s so easy to say someday you’ll do this or that, but then we get filled with guilt for NOT doing it. We can’t always do everything we want, but something changes inside us when we reach a goal. A pattern is broken. Have you been saying you wanted to try a painting class? A dance class? You wanted to plant a small garden? Pick something small, put a short deadline on it, and just do it. I was surprised how this change in pattern made the BIG goals much less scary to conquer.

I’m a work in progress, like we all are. Some days I do the above magnificently well. Others I stumble and fall right back into my previous patterns. But, realizing that small changes in my pattern can wake me up gets me excited to try something different.

These experiences have inspired me to think differently, act differently, and see the world at a slightly different angle. I still wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep, but I’m doing it awake. These tiny changes made a monumental impact in my life.

I hope one or two of these makes an impact in your life.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Reset Retreat in Belize, visit us here… We love making new friends.


Cierra is co-founder of Reset Retreat and lives in Austin, TX. She has been living on vacation rentals to ‘reset’ her own path for 2 years. She’s a recording artist, a crazy cat lady, and loves exploring new things and doing handstands along the way. She’s also a big fan of Greek food.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Some childhood memories bring smiles that last into our adulthood. The memory of my cousins standing in the back of my grandmother’s truck chanting I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream is one of those wonderful summertime memories for me.

The Food Network Magazine (July/August 2015) fans give us the inside scoop on their ice cream tendency.

74% have at least one carton of ice cream in their freezer right now.

74% Scooped 26% Soft-Serve

45% Smooth

55% with stuff in it

Favorite Topping

57% Fudge 20% Carmel Sauce 18% Other 5% Butterscotch


16% Chocolate 65% None 19% Rainbow

61% Admit to eating it straight for the carton

Best alternative to ice cream

57% gelato 26% frozen yogurt 10% sherbet 7% sorbet

What kind of cone?

61% waffle 17% cake 28% sugar

Neapolitan flavor choice:

52% chocolate

20% vanilla

28% strawberry

Now that we have some of the facts how about some recipes? Almost half of those who took the survey make their own ice cream

Here are some of the latest finds for those do it yourself ice cream fans.

Pam Lolley,

Southern Living

JULY 2015

Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream

Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream Recipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

If you like creamy, fruity ice cream with a little bit of zing, you’ll love this ice cream dish


Makes about 1 qt.

Total time: 6 Hours, 45 Minutes
Recipe Time
Hands-on:  25 Minutes
Total:  6 Hours, 45 Minutes
2 cups coarsely chopped blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest

1. Bring blueberries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool 30 minutes; cover and chill 2 to 3 hours.

2. Whisk together condensed milk and next 5 ingredients; cover and chill 2 hours.

3. Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a 1-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times will vary.)

4. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and freeze 30 minutes.

5. Stir lemon zest into prepared ice-cream mixture, and swirl in chilled blueberry mixture. Transfer mixture to an airtight container or a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminum foil; freeze 3 to 4 hours or until firm.

Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream

Pam Lolley,

Southern Living

JULY 2015
Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream Recipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Fresh strawberries and basil become a refreshing treat in this summertime ice cream recipe.


Makes about 1 qt.

Total time: 6 Hours

Recipe Time

Hands-on:  10 Minutes

Total:  6 Hours
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 (16-oz.) container fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients; cover and chill 2 hours.

2. Meanwhile, pulse strawberries, basil, and lemon juice in a food processor 5 or 6 times or until finely chopped. Stir strawberry mixture into chilled milk mixture.

3. Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a 1-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times will vary.)

4. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and freeze 30 minutes.

5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container or a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminum foil; freeze 3 to 4 hours or until firm.

For additional home made ice cream recipes try these out from Food & Wine.  More advice can be found from Food 52 15 tips for better homemade ice cream.

Happy Cooking!

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