Understand that we were focusing on Holiday stress specifically but our little caveats can apply to our lives every day!
Here are some highlights:
Monitor your foods:
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption:
Emotions also can run high during the holidays, learn to take care of yourself emotionally:
Utilize these suggestions to ensure you are in control of your body, your mind and your relationships.
May you have a blessed Christmas and may your family and friends fill your life with JOY!
Yours In Health Pyramid
Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
During this season of Giving Thanks, I wish for you an abundance of love, community, joy and grace. The grace to see and acknowledge all of the wonderful blessing in your life, even the not so wonderful but you love them anyway, blessings. I also want you to know how often I give thanks for the wonderful health community which has participated in improving their health for more than 25 years! Some of you were even patients of mine from Cape Town South Africa more than 25 years ago!
One of my favorite things that I do every day is ask myself "What are the 5 things you are most grateful for right now?" and then list them. Sometime it is simply a hot shower when so many walk miles for water. A full grocery store with fresh foods to feed myself and my family. My dogs who are happy to see me...always. Horse manure to shovel which is like therapy to me. An office full of health seeking patients especially the patients that really get it and take full advantage of maintaining their health. Finally, and always, my loved ones, whether they are near or far, relatives or friends, I list each one by name.
As I do this I can feel my heart expand and become more open to whatever is happening in my life. I become more accepting of the challenges and disappointments I am experiencing and I become more grateful for the people and the comforts that have been there for me for years.
Share what you are most grateful for in the Gratitude Journal. Add pictures or statements of your gratitudes and on those challenging days read others to help you identify your own.
This Holiday season my wish for you is that the effort of getting a meal together, managing difficult family relationships and rushing to get it all done is completely overshadowed by the love, appreciation and joy as you look around and acknowledge that maybe your life isn't perfect, but it is your perfect....your amazing life. Breathe and enjoy.
God Bless and Go Well
Dr. Kathleen Hartford
What to do with your leftover turkey
This recipe is delicious and nutritious
Your fridge is packed with vegetables and turkey... and you're wanting a recipe that is different and healthy. This recipe is extremely flexible (you don't even need to add turkey if you want a vegetarian option), and you probably already have all these ingredients in your refrigerator and cabinets. Get the recipe here.
Avoid the Holiday Five
Don't pack on the usual 5 pounds of weight over the holidays
Join the Fit Fun & Fabulous At Any Age Program between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Eat whatever you like on the holidays just do the program in-between. To support you, we are giving 10% off the price of the program so that you can maintain your weight, or better yet lose a few pounds during the Holidays!
It's for this month only so don't delay. We want you to be happy and healthy throughout the holidays especially January 2nd what you step on the scale:-) Sign up today.
Here's a simple way to relax over the Holidays
You're bound to be stressed over the holidays, so when you feel the stress taking over, sneak away and listen to this audio. You'll feel relaxed within 15 minutes! Access it here
Your fridge is packed with vegetables and turkey... and you're wanting a recipe that is different and healthy. This recipe is extremely flexible (you actually don't even need to add turkey!), and you probably already have all these ingredients in your refrigerator and cabinets. You can also cook it slower, and that version is below. Try it and share your pictures on Facebook!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound boneless turkey breast (or turkey sausage) - omit turkey for vegetarian option
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
2 leeks or onions, trimmed, washed, sliced
2 carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch lengths
3 celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium zucchinis or 1 small head green cabbage cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chopped tomatoes, with juice (or canned tomatoes)
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
4 cups cooked white beans (canned are fine) drained and liquid reserved
2 cups stock, dry red wine, bean cooking liquid, or water, add more as needed
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat, add meat, and heat turkey. Remove turkey from pan.
Turn down heat to medium and add garlic, leeks or onions, carrots, celery and zucchini or cabbage; sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes and its liquid, reserved meat, and herbs; bring to boil.
Add beans; bring to boil again, stirring occasionally; reduce heat so mixture bubbles gently but continuously.
Cook for about 20 minutes, adding liquid when mixture gets thick and vegetables are melting away.
Add cayenne. Cook another minute or two to warm through; taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Start with dried beans. Add 1/2 pound dry white beans (it will cook faster if soaked first; and enough water or stock to just cover. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in separate pan with another 2 tablespoons oil, cook vegetables as in Step 2. Add to pot of beans along with tomatoes and herbs. Bring to boil; reduce heat to gentle bubble and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, adding more liquid as necessary to keep moist.
This will take anywhere from another 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the age of the dried beans.
Get more recipes like this in my Fit, Fun & Fabulous Cookbook.
For more than two decades, Dr. Kathleen A. Hartford has treated and nurtured thousands of individuals through her integrated wellness approaches. As patients reclaim their health, she coaches them on how to maintain their youthful vitality with practical guidance on nutrition, exercise and stress management. Read more...
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