Happy Energy for the Holidays: Nov.-Dec. 2017

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

 

This photo by Claire Gilfillin is a perfect intro for the Nov/Dec holidays having just celebrated Halloween and moving into Thanksgiving with Pumpkin pie.  Source: Pinterest

I am reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called See Me in which the main character uses the term “happy energy” when she talks about the hubbub of all her family members getting together, so I thought it would be a fitting phrase for the hype of the upcoming holidays when so many of us gather with friends and family.

I was looking for a picture of group of people with mixed ethnic backgrounds when I came across this cartoon. Since I don’t eat turkey, I couldn’t resist!
The caption reads, “It helps if you think of it as a turkey.” 

I also wanted to call this Home Page Holiday Hype, but the title Happy Energy is much more positive. And I also want to focus on meals that give happy energy, which is often sorely needed when you are in the middle of planning Thanksgiving dinner, holiday shopping for whatever holidays you celebrate,  and all the other additional chores of the season.

A cornucopia of fresh, seasonal, organic fruits and veggies
will be the food focus.

Additionally, November is National Diabetes Month. Since many of the dishes on holiday tables are very sweet or overly processed with fewer nutrients, I will focus on foods that reflect The Good Taste of Health, my motto.  Since I am not a doctor, I will post some info gathered from articles and research on the topic.

As we move into December, I celebrate my 80th! birthday on Dec. 2nd, hopefully with as many family members and friends as possible during December in different places: at Thanksgiving with my husband’s children from his first marriage, with two of my children and assorted nieces and nephews in California on my actual birthday, and with friends and my son and his wife in Las Vegas. The tragedy in Vegas will never be far from my thoughts,
but I think the security will be much better, so we still plan to go.


Aerial View of Las Vegas at Night

I also plan to review two calendars: The Lunar Calendar and one by Renée Locks called Live with Intention. Here are the covers of each:

Finally, for those of you reading this for the first time, my new book, For the Love of Clotheslines is on Amazon as a hard copy and Kindle version. Here is the link from a previous posting. I think the book would be a nice gift for anyone who remembers clotheslines of their childhood or younger people concerned about the environment.

 

For The Love of Clotheslines
(Paperback)

To order, just click on the title above (underlined for URL linking)  
Or here is the link on Amazon. (hard cover and kindle version with orange band on top)

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Clotheslines-ellen-spicer-jacobson/dp/1975958705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508674560&sr=8-1&keywords=for+the+love+of+clotheslines+by+ellen+sue+spicer-jacobson

Happy Energy Holidays!

Holiday Hype: November/December 2016

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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By November, more & more trees have shed a blanket of leaves onto the ground, BUT……

As we enter the last two months of the year (already?), stores have Christmas holiday items for sale, almost bypassing Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because it is about being thankful and can be celebrated by all people living in the USA whatever  race, religion or political persuasion.

Additionally, Thanksgiving comes during my favorite season of autumn, with leaves clinging to the branches and piles of leaves already on the earth’s floor. (See photo above.) Actually, I feel as though most of the fall has been a busy holiday season with Jewish holidays occupying many days in October, capped with Halloween over the week-end, and now the “getting ready” for the Big Three: Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, and New Year’s.

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Starting with Halloween, sweet treats seem to be high on the list of foods to buy, make, and serve. This overlaps conveniently or inconveniently, depending your point of view, with November’s American Diabetes Month. I have an introductory post on the 5th about this important issue. Since I believe Type 2 Diabetes is preventable, and it is one disease that responds to a cleaner diet, I hope to post several articles on this topic with recipes that reflect the guidelines of a generally healthier lifestyle, which include diet.

 

……. there are still trees in “full fall bloom,” like these in our condo backyard rimming the pool.

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My first recipe for November/December will be one I made recently with quinoa and veggies. I searched the ‘Net to see if quinoa is a good food to use for preventing or treating diabetes, and this is what I found (direct quote):

Quinoa is an excellent addition to a diabetic diet. A whole-grain with a low glycemic index to support an even blood sugar, it is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Quinoa is easy to cook and flavorful, and you can incorporate it into a healthy diabetic diet through a variety of ways.

Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/quinoa-good-grain-diabetics-eat-1759.html. (When I clicked on this today, Nov. 2nd, the address did not work correctly, even though I asked the same question: Is quinoa a good grain for diabetics to eat? If the link does not work, try the question to get to the source.)

The article gives an excellent profile of quinoa, a food native to the Andes Mountains that, in addition to the quote above listing its attributes, is also gluten-free. My recipe (photo below) includes hearty vegetables in season for additional fiber. Watch for it! I also plan to search my archives for other quinoa recipes that I will reprise. (I now use spouted quinoa for additional nutritional benefits.)

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I also have several books that I read during the summer and into the fall to review that may help you maintain a healthy balance and lifestyle as well as one (photo below) that has links to Election Day. All eyes will be on the race between Clinton and Trump as well as other major offices on the ballot and your voice can be heard on Election Day by voting.

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I know you won’t be thinking about food as much as politics next week, but keeping yourself healthy with good food, exercise, and reduced stress is good advice any time of year, especially as we approach the end-of-year holidays with all the media hype, present buying, cooking, and visiting family and friends. Traditional foods that may not be so healthful need not be eliminated, but balance these with foods that do support your immune system, like fresh fruits and (more green) vegetables.

Balance! I think it has become one of the most important words today.

I also notice that almost all the nutrition books recommend eating lower on the food chain (exceptions: Paleo and Atkins diet books), eating more fresh foods and less processed commercial foods, and eating more organically grown foods. I think a healthier diet as part of a healthier lifestyle is finally hitting mainstream media and hopefully that will mean better health for everyone, regardless of age or income!

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I did not see a visual that said:  Happy, Healthy Holidays! so I am adding it as a                        reminder that this website is about health: mental, physical, and spiritual.

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