“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!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

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.

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The ingredient in your Thanksgiving dressing/stuffing with amazing health benefits!

Clue: Its Latin name salveo means “to heal”, and the wise men of biblical times were known as sages. Did you guess sage? This beneficial herb has been used for centuries to help preserve meat. It has been used as a digestive remedy, an aid to blood sugar control, a cough expectorant, an infection fighter, and to help reduce sweating and hot flashes (due to its cooling action). It has been reported to help improve memory, probably due to its ability to improve blood circulation.

Maybe you should drink a cup of sage tea after the Thanksgiving meal to aid digestion and to help protect against food-borne bacteria. Have a cup with your pumpkin pie to help balance blood sugar. If you’re feeling a little congested, inhale the steam of some warm sage tea, and use it as a gargle for sore throats. Among its many nutrients are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.

You can buy Sage Capsules from Nature’s Sunshine: www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com

Cautions: Sage is contraindicated in cases of epilepsy, and it may also dry up milk in nursing mothers.

Buy fresh sage, grow your own, or buy dried organic in the spice section. Some health food stores carry sage tea. So, be sure to add some to your dressing/stuffing, and then don’t put it away until next Thanksgiving. Add it to rice, ground turkey, etc. Have a cup of tea to help clear your mind and/or calm your stomach.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
www.learningtobehealthy.com
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. It does not take the place of any medication or medical care that you may need.