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Happy Healthy Holidays

The holidays may feel a little different this year. Over the last 8 months our lives have all changed and some of us are still trying to figure out how to manage the world we're living in. We all need to do our best to make the holiday season bring joy to ourselves and those around us.

Now the holidays are upon us and families are wondering how to make it memorable in a good way instead of being the year of the pandemic.

This may be the year to start new traditions with your immediate family. It may be the year that you actually start listing your blessings on Thanksgiving and find ways to truly appreciate those that are closest to you. If you don't already send cards, it could be a great way to show those you haven't been able to see as much that you are still there for them.

I don't know about you, but I have found myself reaching out to more people just to check on them and others doing the same for me. We all need to feel some sort of connection even if it's not always in person.

Another tradition you could start is making Thanksgiving a celebration of NUTRITION rather than a day of binging. Even if it's small changes to recipes, like reducing sugar in the pies, reducing the butter in the potatoes, or holding back a little on the salt, these minor changes can make up a big difference at the end of the day.

Healthy Plant-Based Thanksgiving Ideas

- Black bean and lentil "meat" loaf

- Mashed sweet potatoes

- Roasted cauliflower and broccoli

- Steamed green beans

- Wild rice and butternut squash

- Sautéed kale with garlic

- Vegetable platter with homemade hummus

- Apple crisp with oats and walnuts

I encourage everyone to also listen to their bodies and don't eat to the point of discomfort. Save some leftovers and go for a walk after you eat. Just going outside can lift your mood! Breathe in the fresh air and soak up whatever sunshine there is.

Take care of yourselves, my friends. Let's keep ourselves as healthy as possible to enjoy each day!

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