Can it be? Is it already the end-of-year holidays? With the year-end holidays starting in about two weeks, it may be prudent to get into a mindset to enjoy it and do in a way that minimizes damage. But is that really possible?! And of course, I am talking about eating!
Think about the fact that we actually like many of the healthier foods we eat. Then there are the other foods replete with sugars, refined grains, additives, etc. that we want to eat (even knowing we will regret it).
If we work in an office with others, goodies usually pop up about this time of year – cookies, candies, cakes, pies, etc. They are so hard to resist for many of us (me, for example).
So here are 7 tips to contain the “damage” and still enjoy many of our favorites:
Here is a recipe I concocted one day – it’s great for a cold, wintry day – very nourishing and very delicious and by the way, very good for your liver!
Recipe for Beef and Beet Soup/Stew
-Piece of beef, preferably organic, grass-fed, cut into bite sized pieces
-A few organic beets, cut into chunks
-Any other veggies you would like to put in, like onions, carrots, celery, zucchini, etc.
-Brown the meat and vegetables in the olive oil.
-Place them in a pressure cooker.
-Add enough broth and juice to cover the veggies and beef. The more you add the more thin the sauce will be.
-Season to taste – suggested: salt, pepper, paprika, minced garlic flakes or fresh garlic
-Pressure-cook for 60-90 minutes
It seems easier to love others than to love ourselves. However, self-love can be a precursor to loving others in a healthy manner. So, remember to practice all kinds of self-care.
And, as always, please have a happy, holistically healthy day!
You’d think that at this time of year, during the holiday season, everyone would be “up” in their moods – happy, looking forward to celebrations with friends and family, etc. But we all know this is not always the case! In fact, seasonal depression is a very real phenomenon for many people, especially at year’s end and into the new year.
Have you ever heard the acronym, SAD? Well, it stands for a couple of things – it can mean the standard American diet (i.e., lots of junk food laced with chemicals), but it can also mean seasonal affective disorder. This can be impacted by the fact that for many of us, there is not as much sun in many parts of the word (with its life- and good mood-giving Vitamin D).
Here are a few risk factors associated with seasonal affective disorder: if you have blood relatives with depression, if you’re female (we get this four times more than men according to statistics), if you’re an adult between 18 and 30, and if you live in an area of the country with fewer daylight hours during winter (think New York and others).
You may feel sleepy during the daytime or have a pretty consistent sad mood. You may lose interest in your normal activities, and not feel very good about yourself. You may either sleep late or perhaps you’re not sleeping as much as usual. You may find yourself gaining weight (compensating with food?), and you may even have thoughts of harming yourself.
If that seems to describe you, then don’t despair – there are many things you can do to get out from under this burden and change your mood and general outlook on life in a more positive direction!
Here are a few tips to help:
Don’t get stuck in a depressed rut. Take action and get well – you can do this!
And, as always, I wish you a happy, holistically healthy day.
We may or may not realize it, but most of us eat herbs all the time. That’s because they make our foods taste so yummy! Have you ever eaten spaghetti or pizza? Herbs give it that special flavor. Plus, they add great nutritive content, and that’s important both to maintaining and building health.
Most of us are so unselfish, that we are more concerned about our kids and other loved ones. But we must also be concerned with ourselves! If we let our own health slip, what good are we to others?!
Many people want to grow their own herbs. I would personally be in favor of that. In fact, they’re easily grown on a patio, in small pots, or in the ground directly.
I love their color, their scent, and well, they’re just beautiful to look at. They look just as good as outside plants as they do inside our homes. Try mint and lavender and basil – they smell so good, and they look so good.
Think about this – growing your own herbs has the added benefit of being able to add it to your cooking, and at a very low cost since you grew it yourself. They add flavor, but also have so many medicinal properties, for your body and mind.
You can drink herbs as teas, or you can take them as a tincture. (You can even make your own tinctures if you want.) Do you like peppermint or spearmint? These are herbs! I even grew chocolate mint one year – it grew prolifically and really tasted like chocolate. Plus, you can dry your own herbs and store them for a good long while, like in winter.
Growing herbs indoors has been shown to help your moods, clean the air (improve air quality in your home), and can lighten your stress load. If you feel a spiritual connection to nature, think of growing herbs as part of that connection … because it certainly is!
Herbs have such great healing power, too. Ginseng helps to boost energy plus it can stimulate brain function. Sage is known to enhance cognition in adults. (That’s thinking better, and who couldn’t use a boost there now and again?!) Bacopa has been shown to treat anxiety, insomnia, and memory issues. And green tea has been around for centuries. One of its main components is an antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been shown scientifically to be able to help protect the heart.
Other herbs are good for colds and perhaps other viruses, and some even for sexual dysfunction. Elderberry has been used for a very long time to treat headaches, nerve pain, colds, and other viral infections.
While I could go on and on, it’s clear that herbs have a very useful purpose in life and in my opinion, we should make good use of what nature has to offer, most especially when it’s so tasteful and beautiful. Remember to surf the web for the many, many recipes to be found using herbs – all at no cost to you.
For a delicious recipe using chicken and herbs, try this one or create your own:
Chicken and Herbs Recipe
And as always, I wish you a happy, holistically healthy day.
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