The Twelve Days of (a Healthy) Christmas!

For fun, I have written a “healthy” version of The Twelve Days of Christmas to help you stay healthy during Christmas and New Year celebrations!

The Twelve Days of (a Healthy) Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

a journal to write down what I eat.

On the second day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

two deep breaths and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the third day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the fourth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

four citrus fruit, three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the fifth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

five servings of veggies, four citrus fruit, three golden pears,

two deep breaths, and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the sixth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

six peaceful thoughts, five servings of veggies, four citrus fruit,

three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the seventh day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

seven hours of sleep, six peaceful thoughts, five servings of veggies,

four citrus fruit, three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the eighth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

eight cups of water, seven hours of sleep, six peaceful thoughts,

five servings of veggies, four citrus fruit, three golden pears,

two deep breaths, and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the ninth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

nine roasted nuts, eight cups of water, seven hours of sleep,

six peaceful thoughts, five servings of veggies, four citrus fruit,

three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the tenth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

ten jumping jacks, nine roasted nuts, eight cups of water,

seven hours of sleep, six peaceful thoughts, five servings of veggies,

four citrus fruit, three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

eleven grams of fiber, ten jumping jacks, nine roasted nuts,

eight cups of water, seven hours of sleep, six peaceful thoughts,

five servings of veggies,

four citrus fruit, three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my health coach gave to me

twelve healthy menus, eleven grams of fiber, ten jumping jacks,

nine roasted nuts, eight cups of water, seven hours of sleep,

six peaceful thoughts, five servings of veggies, four citrus fruit,

three golden pears, two deep breaths,

and a journal to write down what I eat.

Click here for a free PDF version that you are free to copy and share!

Love, peace, and joy,

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, and does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Holidays can bring stress–the stress of traveling, preparing our homes, shopping and cooking, financial stress, social stress, cold weather challenges, and other health stressors (sugar, lack of sleep, mental and/or emotional overwhelm, cold and flu viruses, etc.).

Holidays can also be a beautiful time of thanksgiving and reflection on all that is good! Philippians 4:8–“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Holiday health challenge: Determine that you will not allow stress to rob you of meaningful celebrations. I always tell my four grown children and their spouses that they should plan their own holiday celebrations with no pressure or stress from my husband and me to conform to our plans.

Write out your stressors and find ways to manage them that will help you experience the most joy and stay in good health.

Give the gifts of gratitude and forgiveness to yourself and others! “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. We know that doing God’s will always results in blessings. For more Bible verses about thanksgiving, check out this page on the Bible Study Tools Website.

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13. We all need forgiveness, and giving it to others is the best gift and stress reliever of all! For more Bible verses about forgiveness, check out this page on the Bible Study Tools website.

Eat foods rich in beta-carotene to help keep your immune system strong. These include pumpkin, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, cranberries, and dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, collard and mustard greens, etc.). Basically, eat your seasonal vegetables! Just one or two servings a day can go a long way in helping you stay healthy!

Give the gift of health to yourself and others this year. My Eat to be Healthy DIY Program is less than the cost of one coaching session and is on special for only $39 through December 1. It will give you all the downloadable tools you need to start eating healthier. Here’s the link for more information: Eat to be Healthy Program.

Thanksgiving blessings,

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

‘Tis the Season for Walking!

Here in Houston, the temperatures have become ideal for outdoor walking (that is, when it’s not raining).  You can enjoy the many health benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and walking, all while reflecting on God’s creation.

If you’re already a walker, great!  Keep it up!

If you need some motivation to start walking (farther than from the couch to the refrigerator), read this article published by Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

Whether you need to reduce sweet cravings, lose a few pounds before the holidays, improve joint health, boost your immune system, or just clear your head, walking is one of our best health tools!

Getting started:

1. Read “5 Surprising Benefits of Walking”.  Determine your “why” for walking.
2. Choose a time and place to walk:  around your neighborhood, at the gym, in a park, etc.  For some, it may be the simple act of walking to their mailbox and back, then to the next door neighbor’s mailbox, etc.  Walking can be a great time for socializing with a friend, spouse, child, or a special time of literally walking with God.
3. Decide how many days a week you will walk, and set a reminder:  put it on your calendar, appointment book, smartphone app, or wherever you keep your reminders.  If you have an Alexa Echo Dot, you can program it to remind you to walk.  Start with a realistic, manageable goal, slowly increasing as you develop the habit.
4. Decide how long or far you will walk:  minutes, miles, steps, destination, etc. It’s better to start with a mini goal and build on it.  Feeling successful will motivate you to continue.  If you want to keep track of distance, you can download one of many apps available for smartphones, or just use a simple pedometer like this one on Amazon.
5. Have faith in the present and long-term health benefits of walking. “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.
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Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Date nut bread–a delicious and healthy Christmas treat!

Date nut bread is one of my favorite recipes that can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or as a healthy snack.  If you are gluten intolerant or don’t eat wheat, substitute the whole wheat flour with almond flour or coconut flour.  If you don’t care for pecans, try walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds, etc.

The recipe:

2 eggs (whole or just the whites)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or expeller-pressed grape seed or avocado oil)

1/4 cup raw honey

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (or almond or coconut flour)

1/4 teaspoon mineral-rich salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

8 ounces coarsely chopped dates

2 cups raw pecans (or other nuts)

Beat eggs with honey and oil.  Mix flour, salt, and cinnamon, then stir into egg mixture.  Fold in dates and nuts.  Grease a baking pan with oil (coconut, olive, grape seed, or avocado).  Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted into batter comes out clean.  A 9 x 5 x 2-inch loaf pan takes about 45 minutes.  An 8- or 9-inch square pan takes about 25 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares or slices.

The nutritional value:

Dates, nuts, and raw honey contain boron, a trace mineral which helps boost blood levels of estrogen and other compounds that help prevent calcium loss and bone demineralization.

Dates are high in natural aspirin and have a laxative effect.  They are linked to lower rates of certain cancers, especially pancreatic cancer.

Nuts are a key food among Seventh-Day Adventists, who are known for their low rates of heart disease.  Most nuts are high in vitamin E, shown to protect against chest pain and artery damage.

Nuts and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and slow down blood sugar spikes.

Whole-grain wheat contains selenium, a trace mineral important for the immune system and thyroid.

Extra-virgin olive oil is a good source of vitamin E, making it beneficial for heart health.

Egg yolks contain vitamin D and choline, a B-complex vitamin needed for liver and brain health.

Date nut bread makes a yummy Christmas gift.  I often bake it in mini loaf pans for this purpose.

Make your holiday celebrations delicious and nutritious!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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Holiday scents–harmful or therapeutic!

We want our homes to smell good for the holidays, but beware of toxic chemicals!  Company is coming, and we need to hide our “home” odors.  We quickly reach for a can of fragrance to spray into the air, or maybe we light an aromatic candle.  Could these odor maskers contain toxic ingredients that may be harmful to our health and that of our friends and family?

Conventional air fresheners contain phthalates and other harmful chemicals that have been linked to infertility, brain damage, hormone disruption, cancer, respiratory problems, and other chronic illness.  Many contain isopropyl alcohol, which can adversely affect the nervous and respiratory systems.

During burning, candles made from paraffin wax generate benzene and toluene, both known to be carcinogens.  Many candles contain artificial fragrances and colors that can irritate lungs and cause inflammation.  Wicks often contain lead, a toxic heavy metal.

Instead, try a chemical-free room spray made with essential oils like frankincense and myrrh, or lemon, orange, cedar, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, or rosemary.  Zum Mist makes a wonderful line of products with ingredients pure enough to use on your body!  I found mine on Amazon.

You can also make your own air freshener by combining 4 ounces of water, 1 ounce of alcohol-free witch hazel (I like Thayer’s brand that you can buy in a drugstore), and approximately 20 drops of pure essential oils.  Shake and spray!  Tip:  You can also use witch hazel as a facial toner.

In addition to their amazing fragrance, essential oils have many therapeutic benefits.  All contain anti-microbial properties, making them useful as disinfectants against viruses and bacteria.  Many are beneficial for the respiratory system, including peppermint, eucalyptus, and frankincense.  Natural chemicals in essential oils can help relieve depression and lift spirits.  Choose those that resonate with you when you inhale them.

God’s pharmacy of essential oils include cinnamon, clove, fir, cedar, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, orange, rose, patchouli, sandalwood, spearmint, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, wintergreen, ginger, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, chamomile, etc.  You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a diffuser to fill the air with a continuous mist of aromatherapy.  Nature’s Sunshine has an amazing holiday special that includes a mini travel diffuser and 10 essential oils.

Look for candles made with lead-free wicks, made without paraffin, artificial fragrances, and dyes.  Amazon sells several varieties, including Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, which you can also find at Walmart.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

Matthew 2:11–“Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts:  gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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Healthy Holidays–Mindful Eating Tips!

Celebrating the holidays comes with a certain amount of feasting.  Enjoying God’s abundance, especially when we enjoy it with others, is among life’s greatest pleasures!  Unfortunately, too much feasting can turn a joyful celebration into days or weeks of uncomfortable recovery.

Eating too much puts stress on your body.

Food sensitivities can often result from eating too much at one time.

Food sensitivities can lead to health problems, like indigestion, headaches, joint pain, skin rashes, depression, sinus problems, achy muscles, weight gain, and fluid retention.  You might even feel like you have a cold or the flu!

Here’s some tips for enjoying the holiday abundance without sacrificing your health:

  1.  Don’t “save up” for the big meal or party food by not eating.  This makes it easier to overeat and is harder on digestion.  Instead, eat a healthy snack an hour or two before the event.
  2. Eat smaller amounts more often than too much all at once.  Pay attention to portion sizes (see Mindful Eating Tips).
  3. Consider taking plant-based digestive enzymes to help you handle bigger meals.  I carry Papaya Mint chewables in my purse as a natural digestive aid.  (They also make a nice hostess gift.)
  4. Consider taking a multi-strain probiotic capsule at bedtime to support the good bacteria in your intestinal tract.  Too much sugar and alcohol can cause an imbalance, which affects digestion and the immune system.
  5. Avoid eating when stressed, and practice mindful eating.  Download the free Mindful Eating Tips PDF.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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