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Making-Healthy-Choices e-Zine #016 - Have the Healthiest Holidays Ever!
November 14, 2012
A warm welcome to the Making-Healthy-Choices e-zine... Taking the time to focus on your health is the most important thing you can do - you are worth it!
How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays
It is now the middle of November and we are quickly approaching holiday season.
Schedules get busier, the weather gets colder (for many of us), social calenders fill up and we are encouraged to eat and drink to excess during this time.
And often many people find themselves struggling with colds, flus, exhaustion and generally not feeling well.
The main reason people will get sick during the holidays is because they are not resting enough and they are eating and drinking to excess.
So the easy answer of how to stay healthy during the holidays is to make sure you are getting enough rest and ensure that you don't drink or eat to excess.... easier said than done, right?
Okay, so here are a few strategies you can employ during the busy holiday season to support your body and mind as much as possible to keep you healthy, energized and strong. Use these strategies as you move through all the social engagements and busy schedules that often come with the holidays.
Think about going as local as possible this year when you do your gift giving. By supporting local and small companies you will help your own community to grow and prosper.
When you buy from big corporations you take money away from the small independent companies that are working hard to prosper right in your own area.
Always remember that you are voting with your money - every time you make a purchase you cast a vote. Companies pay attention to what we buy and adjust accordingly.
It is all of our duty to SHOP WITH AWARENESS - only buy from companies that you truly want to support, companies that are beneficial to our health and the health of our planet.
Buy from people right in your area that are selling great items and/or that make homemade crafts, body care products, food items, jewelry, clothing, etc. etc.... or make these things yourself!
I feel that many of us take our immense abundance for granted. Most of us have many things in our home that are in perfect condition and that we never use. Put some thought into the people you are giving gifts to - there may be someone on your list that would love and use something that you already have and that you don't use. Share your wealth.
Recommended Product of the Month - Aromatherapy Whiffer
This is one of my absolute favourite items.
It is a small wooden pendant that you wear around your neck. You unscrew the pendant and inside there is a small piece of cotton onto which you put drops of your favourite essential oil.
As you wear the whiffer the gorgeous scent from the essential oil wafts into the space around you, purifying the air you are breathing. Good quality essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-viral so it is easy to see that this is not only a beautiful item but it is very healthy and functional too.
I wear my whiffer anytime I am going to be in a crowd or in a closed in public space such as an airplane. I can't even tell the amount of times that I have been so grateful to have this little item with me.
If I am ever somewhere where the air is particularly bad (someone sits next to me who has been smoking, wearing too much chemical perfume or hasn't showered lately, on a car exhaust filled street, walking through a place where chemical air fresheners have been used, etc.) I can easily hold the whiffer right up to my nose and use it to filter the air I am breathing.
These whiffers are very well made and will last a long long time. The inserts only need to be changed when you want to use a different scent, otherwise you can re-apply drops several times before changing. I often will create my own scent by putting a couple drops of 2-3 different oils on the insert.
Recipe of the Month - Healthy Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie was always a favourite in our home when I was growing up. My Mom would always make homemade pumpkin pie for dessert after our holiday meals.
Recently I was inspired by a recipe for a raw vegan pumpkin pie. It is actually much easier and less labour intensive to make than the traditional pumpkin pie ... and it taste amazing!!!!
I love the pumpkin pie filling part so much that I will often just make that and serve it as pumpkin pie pudding.
I would also love for you to watch the original video that inspired me to make this recipe. Click the link below for the full recipe and for the fun video by Kristina from Rawfully Organic where you can see her all dressed up as a pumpkin as she makes this scrumptious pie.
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Nadia Harper RHN
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