Looking For Love

On February 8, 2017, in Health and Wellness, by Anne

This month Anne is looking for love! Your love story, that is.

Did you know that your social connections can have as much of a positive effect on your health and well being as a good diet, and adequate sleep? Studies show that people who maintain healthy relationships live longer healthier lives. I regularly do this loving kindness meditation and when the woman on the recording says “think of someone who, the moment you think of them you feel happy” I think of my little buddy Jonah.

Anne n Jonah thanksgiving 2016

Who makes your heart sing? This can be your grandchild, sibling, spouse, dog, a random stranger. I would love to hear a few words about an experience you had with your special person, or just a feeling you have when you are around them. Share your love story on Fluid’s Facebook page or in the comments below. Want to see my love stories? Click here.

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Spicy Italian Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup

On February 7, 2017, in recipes, by Anne

I saw this soup recipe on the New Seasons website and decided to try it out.

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It fit my criteria of a short ingredient list, easy preparation, and a healthy combo of protein and veggies. I was temped to add more hot peppers as I really like things spicy, but stuck to the recipe and I’m glad I did. It is just the right amount of spicy. This is a great weekend make-ahead meal, in fact I doubled the recipe and froze half of the soup. I also let it simmer on low for about an hour once I had all my ingredients in the pot.

Try it this week and let me know what you think in the comments below…

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Spicy Italian Sausage, White Bean, And Kale Soup


  • 1 lb of spicy Italian pork sausage
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and thinly sliced


  1. In a large stock pot or heavy pan brown the sausage for about ten minutes on medium/high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Add broth and beans and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low.
  4. Add kale and simmer for ten minutes.


Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

Friday February 3rd is National Wear Red Day part of the American Heart Association’s campaign for heart attack and stoke education and prevention.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. So what can you do?

1. Know your numbers.

While some risk factors like age and heredity are out of your control, there are factors that you can manage, including maintaining a healthy weight, and managing your stress.

2. Maintain a strong support network.

This may include your medical professionals, mental health counselor, spouse, or the ladies in your Pilates class. Who can you go to for information, support, or to blow off steam at the end of the day?

3. Take Action.

What one thing can you do today to improve your heart health? Can you meet a buddy for a lunch time walk? Pick out one healthy recipe (I have loads of them here, just click the recipes tab to the right) to make this weekend, sit for five minutes and focus on your breath?

How can I support you as you take care of your heart?

And lastly, who needs me to bring them a red Fluid shirt? Sorry couldn’t help the shameless promotion. Plus the new shirts are super cute 🙂

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Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers one on one movement + massage sessions, and weekly classes at her Sellwood studio.

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