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Category: Thrive

How To Feel Healthy and Relaxed Amidst the Holiday Frenzy

Reading Time: 3 minutesLet’s face it—even if you’re a person that absolutely loves the razzle-dazzle of the winter holidays, even if you find joy and delight browsing through your local shops or favorite websites in search for that perfect gift for your favorite friend — you probably notice yourself getting a little stressed out from it all sometimes.

Holiday stress is a thing. We want to get it perfect. To find the best gifts that knock their socks off, prepare the most delicious meals, show up for that New Year’s party in a dress that makes you feel like you’re on a movie set.

We want the kids to be happy, the travel to go smoothly, and of course to look and feel fabulous throughout it all.

Inevitably that’s a fail. And you might already know it and have been dreading that feeling of stress and failure for the last month or so.

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How Cat Poop On My Computer Helped Me To Realize My Many Blessings (And A Few Holiday Stress-Relieving Tips)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s holiday time again. The songs and carols remind us that, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and that we should be filled with merriment and holiday cheer.

Instead, you may find yourself riddled with stress, worry and anxiety as you anticipate family get-togethers, and race around trying to fulfill holiday obligations.

Although I began to understand a long time ago the futility of trying to ‘do it all’ at holiday time, it took me a while to let it go. I’m still not 100% there. It’s hard to release oneself from years of cultural conditioning, and there were far too many years that I got way to stressed out in an attempt to create a ‘perfect’ holiday experience for my family.

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6 Tips for Resisting the Urge to Overeat at Holiday Feasts

Reading Time: 4 minutesDon’t get me wrong – I’m the last person to recommend trying to stick to some strict diet on Thanksgiving. I think that (barring severe allergies or food sensitivities) that there are times when we can have ‘legal cheats’ from whatever eating program we might be following. And certainly a holiday spent with loved ones and centered around food is one of them!

What I AM talking about is staying tuned into your own body. It is an act of self-love to listen to your body’s signals. That overstuffed feeling just doesn’t really feel good! And, remember, only you know your own body. While one person might feel full consuming half as much food as you can comfortably eat, for another it might take twice as much to get them to satiation.

Here are a few tips to help you get tuned into YOUR signals and to stay connected to your intentions and to your own feel-good when it comes time for the big feast.

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A Morning Ritual Can Change Your Life

Reading Time: 7 minutesA ritual is different than a routine. While both are important, a ritual is more of a celebration and a devotion. An acknowledgment of your own connection to the sacred and to that great well of creativity that we all spring from. Rituals can be practiced in groups as well as solo, but generally, your morning ritual is a practice just for you.

Now I know what you might be thinking. Are you kidding? How can I add one more thing into my already packed day?

And yes, I hear where you’re coming from. I have so been there. I’m just asking you to suspend your judgment and disbelief a few minutes and hear me out.

There’s no better time than right now to create a ritual to start your own day with intention. In this age of smart phones, and more upsetting news flashes coming in fast and furious, it’s easier than ever for your day to get completely thrown off.

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Savor Simplicity

Reading Time: 4 minutesMost great holiday gatherings start with great food and end with quality time spent with loved ones. This holiday season, rely on simple recipes that let you spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating special moments with family and friends.

As a holiday host, it may be tempting to explore complicated new recipes to lend a festive air to your seasonal celebrations. However, with the right ingredients, a simple recipe can be equally impressive. Delicious holiday dishes start with premium ingredients like Bertolli Olive Oils, which offer enough versatility to be a must-have kitchen accessory throughout the holiday season and onward. From soups to main dishes to desserts, the rich, quality flavor works for nearly every culinary occasion.

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Relief from Stress Might be Literally at Your Fingertips!

Reading Time: 3 minutesEFT Tapping reduces the stress hormones in your body that your amygdala has so helpfully told your body to produce. And it does a lot more than that! Studies have shown tapping to be effective in reducing physical pain, ending food cravings, losing weight, healing addictions, ending phobias and much more.

It’s true that it’s best to work with a trained EFT practitioner to gain lasting results for more serious and deep-rooted situations like these, but the good news is that anyone can learn to tap on themselves for basic in-the-moment relief from stress and anxiety.

If you’d like to learn how to tap for yourself, I take you through the points and a tapping sequence in this video.  And learn more about EFT right here.

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Why You Probably Need More Magnesium Than You’re Getting

Reading Time: 6 minutesI knew that I was getting SOME magnesium already because I eat well and I take a high-quality multivitamin that includes it, but once I started learning more about how much we women need this vital mineral, I began upping my dosage significantly.

You might have heard the argument that we should be getting nutrients and minerals like magnesium through foods rather than supplements. And although I’m a huge proponent of eating wholesome and natural foods high in vitamins and minerals,  I don’t believe that we get enough through our food.

First of all, it’s a sad truth that even freshly grown veggies don’t carry the magnesium and other nutrients in the quantities they once did, due to farming practices which have deleted the soil of minerals. And, secondly, living in today’s world with all of its external and internal stressors (hello pollution, hormone disruptors, and a culture of overwork!), our nutrients become depleted far more rapidly than in previous times.

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Warm Yourself with Autumn Soups—3 Easy Recipes

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe act of preparing food to nourish yourself and your loved ones brings a sense of joy and accomplishment – benefits that are difficult to measure, but nonetheless add up.

And, if you’re after saving time, don’t forget the crock pot! If you have one of these versatile kitchen tools, you have a busy soup-maker’s best friend. When I had a family to feed that thing practically lived on my counter during the winter.

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I Want to be a Woman of a Certain Age

Reading Time: 3 minutesI want to be a woman of a certain age.

I want to earn my laugh lines. I want to cackle like a madwoman who doesn’t care who’s watching. I want to laugh until I cry or maybe even pee my pants, just a little. I want to find humor in things that only someone who’s seen some things come and go, can find. I want to giggle with children because I’ve learned what they already know; nothing is ever that serious.

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3 Rituals to Honor and Celebrate Autumn Equinox

Reading Time: 6 minutesUse this energy of the Equinox to connect with your inner knowing.

This is a season of roots. Roots take their time to grow, sweeten and develop their nourishment. They spend months deep in the earth, hibernating and slowing growing.

During fall we become like those roots, it’s good to make time for sleep, rest and renewal. If you allow this time for replenishment you’ll be more primed to tune the wisdom – that is ready to rise and flourish now at midlife.

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