Can you believe Thanksgiving 2016 is here! As is our tradition, this is the time to give thanks and reflect on the many things we are grateful for. I have been very fortunate in my life – and I do appreciate that on many different levels.
Besides my family, particularly my husband and children, I think I would next be most thankful for my good health. In past years I have been plagued with many debilitating health issues. Today, I still struggle with some of these on an intermittent basis, but for the most part I am doing pretty well in that area. I am also grateful that I am able to go to the beach and meditate most days. This is something that brings me an enormous about of peace and joy. It also helps me balance and de-stress on a regular basis.
I am also thankful for the many, many people who supported us with our Autism Summit and Memory Loss Event. I know we were able to help 1000’s people around the world with our information. That I am also very grateful for.
Most of you will be busy over the next few days and coming weeks with family, friends, cooking, get-togethers and shopping. I know that cooking and eating will be top of the list these next few days. You do not have to put good health aside between now and the holidays. I want to share with you some things I do every year, particularly during the holidays, to maintain my health. I find that if I stray too much, I will definitely pay the price later.
We all love those decadent appetizers and snacks that are usually reserved for such special occasions. It’s okay to have a small serving, did I say a VERY small serving! But, focus on the raw food first. Fill your place with raw or blanched vegetables. These foods will fill you fast and help reduce your cravings and appetite.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do. Turning up to a Thanksgiving meal on an empty stomach will just make you ravenous, and you might find yourself eating far more than you had intended. Eat breakfast slowly and enjoy.
Drink Green Tea
Green teas have so many nutritional benefits. I am constantly surprised when I go to the store and see the countless varieties. I love having several types in my cupboard. Not only are you giving yourself an immune boost, energy kick-start, but you are also enjoying a zero calorie beverage.
Meditate or Yoga
A few minutes of meditation in the morning can help relive the stress that one might find when around the whole family. This can be a stressful time of year for many people. When you are stressed your cortisol levels will rise and your body retains belly fat. This happens because fat cells near the stomach region are very sensitive to cortisol and are exceptionally efficient at storing energy. If meditation is not your thing, then get out an take a walk.
Many people underestimate the importance of Vitamin D in our diet. It is possibly one of the most over-looked and under-used vitamins. A large portion of our population are deficient in Vitamin D, and they are not even aware of this. Vitamin D will improve mood, reduce depression, and help prevent many illness and autoimmune conditions.
Limit Alcohol Intake
This of course goes without saying. If you are trying to loose weight, drinking alcohol is the worst things you can consume. Your liver is forced to work overtime. Try mixing your alcohol beverages with a sparkling water.
Enjoy Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea can help cool the body. It also works as an appetite suppressant. Peppermint tea is often used for stress relief and relaxation, the natural lack of caffeine is a definite plus. Sipping on Peppermint tea at the end of the evening is perfect to help you relax before bed.
Do all your family and friends a HUGE favor. If you are taking a dessert make it healthy. Here are some favorite recipes that are healthy and won’t burst your seems!
Healthy side dish recipes from the blog to try:
- Chocolate Pudding Cups (you have seen these before – and that is because it is just so tasty and healthy)
- Homemade Kale Chips
- Superfood Power Balls
- Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Bar
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate on a Stick
If you make these recipes, make sure to take a picture, post them to social media and tag me! I love seeing how people add their own artistic flair to these holiday desserts!
Remember, when giving thanks make sure your good health is a high priority.