I hope you are enjoying your holiday season! I looked at the calendar earlier this week and realized that Christmas is less than a week away! OH MY! I feel like time is flying! The New Year will be here before you know it!
Are you feeling overwhelmed or caught in your head thinking of all the things you need to do? And like there isn’t enough time to get it all done? The past few weeks I have definitely been feeling a dose of the Holiday rush and now that Christmas is only a few days away I am starting to feel the pressure cooker starting to get a little hotter. Today I want to share with you some things that can help you shift your energy from feeling overwhelmed, alone, or depleted to feeling supported and blessed this Christmas.
I hope you are all having a fabulous week. Next week is already Thanksgiving! WOW time seems as though it is moving so quickly.
Sunday, Shelby Jean Matonak (Holistic Health Coach, RN, founder of Truth and Alchamey) and I, did a call on how to stay healthy, avoid stress, and weight gain this holiday season! If you missed the call you can listen to the recording here!
2 c all-purpose flour
1⁄2 c sugar
1⁄2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp vanilla
1 c Plain Greek Yogurt
3⁄4 c Non-fat Milk
1 c canned pumpkin
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs; add the yogurt, milk and pumpkin.
3. Combine the egg mixture and the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
4. Use a ¼ cup to pour pancake mixture onto a greased medium-low heat griddle.
(Pancakes will cook too quickly on too hot of a pan. Keep the heat low to fully cook the pancakes)
This recipe is a great way to add vegetables and protein into your breakfast. The pancakes taste great with out syrup because the pumpkin adds so much moisture and flavor. If there is extra batter, cook all the pancakes, cool to room temp, and freeze. The pancakes are great to pull out of the freezer, pop in the toaster and take to go on a busy morning.
Recently one of my dear friends shared her vegetable soup recipe with me and I absolutely love it! It is super easy and taste fantastic! I was always intemidated to cook with raw chicken. And I was always afraid of trying something like a soup, chili, or spaghetti and messing it up. This recipe is easy and beginer friendly :0) Feel free to make it your own and have fun with it!
Not sure what to give this year? Give the gift of health! Below are some gifts that will bring joy to the body, mind, and spirit!
The time has finally arrived for family, friends, and Delicious Holiday Meals! Don’t spend this Holiday Season feeling bloated, guilty, or worrying about gaining extra pounds …Instead take a few minutes to get prepared! (ps...I have product tips at the end) :0)
Here are a few things to keep in mind during the Holiday Season
1. Set Realistic Goals
Before getting fully thrown into holiday festivities set some goals for yourself. Do you want to lose a few more pounds, focus on maintaining your weight, or is your goal to eat mindfully and listen to your body this holiday season? Write your goals down! It would be a great idea to set goals every week. Specific goals will help you to stay focused.
2. Eat Mindfully
When out and about make sure to eat mindfully. This can be done by fixing a plate of food rather than grazing over all the delicious goodies. I challenge you to have a seat and enjoy what you are eating! Smell it, taste it, chew it, and enjoy all the nutrients it has to offer! This will increase satisfaction and decrease hunger.
3. Choose Wisely
Don’t go to the party starving! Have some vegetables, a piece of fruit, boiled egg, or a protein shake before you go. Once you arrive, take a walk around and look at all the food and treats. Then you will have a good idea of your options. Choose nutrient dense foods such as: nuts, fruit, vegetables, olives, deviled eggs, etc. and be sure to eat a small amount of protein. Protein will help to keep your blood sugar balanced which will decrease cravings. Try avoiding or limiting cheese, dairy, and densed carbohydrates (these foods are harder to digest).
4. Be sure to Drink Water
Water is essential for the body to function properly. It helps carry nutrients to the cells, as well as toxins out of cells and out of the blood. It is recommended to drink half of your body’s weight in ounces of water a day! When having “Adult Beverages”, be sure to drink a glass of water between each drink.
5. Get Moving
When visiting with family, make it fun! Take a walk around the block, take the children to play outside. Moving the body will help to keep all channels of elimination open. It will also help to burn off any extra calories consumed.
6. Give Thanks
Take a moment to give thanks for all that is around you! Look at the fabulous food and give gratitude by saying thank you or a blessing before consuming it. Be thankful for family and friends and the New Year that it soon to come!
These are a few Herbal Products you may find beneficial:
Carbo Grabbers with Chromium:
This product decreases the absorption of carbohydrates and helps reduce the conversion of some starches into calories. It is beneficial for balancing blood sugar levels that are already with in normal range. This is a great product to use during the Holiday Season especially when eating more carbohydrates and sugary foods than usual.
**Do Not take with Food Enzymes (the combination will cause gas) better taken with Proactazyme
this product is a powder beverage (can be used hot or cold) that combines a traditional blend of Yerba Mate with Cinnamon and other important herbs. It serves as an excellent digestive and blood-sugar management tool, has an effective mood and energy booster, and has been know to help decrease weight specifically in the waist line.
This product decreases the absorption of fat by binding to it and eliminating it. It is also beneficial in maintaining cholesterol. It is especially beneficial during meals which unfamiliar foods with hidden fats or consumed.
In order for food to properly digest, digestion enzymes need to be present. When we consume large amounts of food it is harder for our body to properly digest them which can lead to bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, etc. Taking an enzyme supplement will help the body to digest and absorb the nutrients from the foods consumed.
This formula contains a full-spectrum enzyme blend to digest carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, along with a number of soothing herbs, including Peppermint, Passion Flower, and Marshmallow. Offered in capsule form, Verdezyme is designed to help calm the digestive system and relax the mind. It is great for those who have occational digestive discomfort, acid reflux, a nervous stomach, or feel bloated.
A digestion enzyme that digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It has small amounts of Hydrochloric Acid and bile salts which help digest protein and fats. It may relieve occasional indigestion or acid reflux.
This is a plant based enzyme which digest a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It may be taken on an empty stomach, to help with undigested foods or relieve bloating.
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Not sure what to do with left over sweet potatoes? Once you try this recipe you will never wonder again! Sweet potato hummus is great as a vegetable dip, sandwich spread, it even taste great in a salad. In addition to it's great taste it is full of nutrients!
1 lb sweet potatoes
1 tsp cumin powder
1 large lemon juiced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
3 tsp brown sugar
Zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp tahini
1. Bake or microwave sweet potato until fully cooked
2. Allow potato to cool, then remove skin
3. Add sweet potato and all other ingredients to food processor
4. Blend until smooth and creamy
5. Adjust seasonings as desired
6. Serve with chips, pita bread, or vegetables
This recipe is simple and delicious. It can be used as an appetizer or as a side for the main dish. For a healthier version use turkey bacon.
What You Need
4 slices of bacon or turkey bacon
1 lb. thin fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
Seasoning to taste
HEAT oven to 400ºF.
PLACE bacon in single layer on paper towel-lined microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until bacon starts to cook but is not crisp.
DIVIDE asparagus into 4 small bunches. Wrap 1 bacon slice, in spiral-fashion around each asparagus bundle. Place on rack of foil-lined broiler pan.
BAKE 20 to 22 min. or until bacon is crisp and asparagus is crisp-tender.
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
4 cups whole almonds
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.
2. Lightly beat the egg white; add water, and beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts, and stir until well coated. Mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to coat, and spread evenly on the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.