Well, it’s that time a year again. You know, the time of year where you’re trying to figure out the best gifts for friends and family. Unfortunately, I can’t help you pick out something for everyone on your list; but, I may be able to help with some of the healthiest loved ones. I present to you, my healthy holiday gift guide.
The Healthy Foodie
The healthy foodie is the person who loves to batch cook, create healthy recipes, or just eat healthy foods. They appreciate gifts like fresh organic food baskets, gift cards to their favorite health food market, cooking appliances or tools, and cookbooks. Being a healthy foodie myself, here are some of my favorite gifts.
The Fitness Fan
Whether they’re a yogi, or a Crossfit fan, these peeps love their fitness gear. Here are a few of my favorite fitness fan gifts.
The Healthy Beauty
The healthy beauty likes to pamper herself. She’s sure to get enough sleep and use high quality, natural products to keep her looking her best. Here are my favorite healthy beauty gifts.
These are my top picks that make great gifts for your healthy friends and family. Don’t forget to get yourself a few treats as well. This is the perfect time to take advantage of low prices.
I know most people put off cleaning up their eating and lifestyle until after the holidays. If you’re one of those people, you might want to start stocking up on some of the essentials you’re going to need. Of course, if you’re planning on adding fitness to your life, I suggest getting a copy of my ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. It’s not just for people with autoimmune disease. It’s for anyone who would like to start a fitness routine, that’s easy to follow and maintain. I’ll be lowering the price to just $5 from December 15, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Just click this link, between those dates, to get this deal.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a happy holiday season!
Typically, during this time of year, I put out a post with a roundup of great holiday recipes. Well, there are a lot of food bloggers doing that already. Instead, I decided to give you a recipe for my personal holiday stress-reducing tonic. After all, many of us could sure use that, instead of another way to cook sweet potatoes.
In the real world, the holidays are often a stressful time for many of us. We get caught up in a flurry of gift buying, food preparation, budgeting and goodness knows what else. Sometimes, we are forced to deal with toxic or negative family members, we try to avoid during the rest of the year. There is not enough wine in the world to help you through a holiday meal with one of these people. LOL! Instead of reaching for the alcohol, give my holiday stress-reducing tonic a try.
Add tincture drops to already steeped cup of herbal tea.
Add stevia or honey to taste.
Sip tonic slowly.
*Begin with only 10 drops of Valerian Root. Increase by 2 drops at a time, if 10 drops are not sufficient. If sleepiness occurs, decrease dosage. Can also be used as a sleep aid, in dosages of 20 to 30 drops.
A few words of warning about my holiday stress-reducing tonic: (1) Only drink one cup, until you know the effects on your body. If you notice sleepiness, instead of calm, reduce the amount of Valerian root. (2) Don’t drive, until you know the effects on your body. Should you become sleepy, you don’t want to be behind the wheel of your car. (3) Don’t use more of any herb than I’ve directed. More is not always better when you’re taking herbs. Some can have negative effects in higher doses. (4) Drink your tonic about 20 to 30 minutes before stressful activities (or stressful people’s arrival), to give the tonic time to move into your bloodstream. Enjoy your zen!
Also, I wanted to let y’all know about the Black Friday weekend deal I have going. If you purchase my ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide at http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE, you get my AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook for FREE with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY16. The discount will only be given through the bundle link http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE. You must enter the discount code in the appropriate box and click update cart at checkout. You will then get both ebooks for only $6.99. Offer expires 11/28/16, at 11:59pm CST.
My Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide is not just a fitness guide. There are tons of tips to help you reduce stress, get better sleep, and make batch cooking easier. These are all tips we could use around holiday time.
I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season. Remember to take lots of deep breaths, do a little yoga, and drink a cup of Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic.
In the spirit of broadening my diet to include more healthy foods, you will be seeing me add some previously taboo foods to my recipe collection. When I started to think about the foods I missed most, beans (especially red beans) was at the top of my list. The last time I had red beans and rice was in October 2013, right after my lupus diagnosis. At the time, I was visiting New Orleans, where my sister, Alyssa, had just given birth to my nephew, Grayson. My other sister, Alaina (yeah, they’re twins), had made me a big pot of red beans and rice, to celebrate my visit back home. I hadn’t made the switch to paleo yet, only gluten free. The fact that I remember that story, in such detail, makes red beans the perfect choice for me today.
Now, beans can be a tricky food to reintroduce into your diet. How many of us have experience the gas, bloating, and indigestion that can come from eating a nice big bowl of beans? I think we would all like to skip that part of enjoying beans. So, I set out to reduce those unwanted symptoms.
Beans contain anti-nutrients, like phytic acid, which produce the ill effects, such as gas. By soaking dried beans for 24 hours or more, we can remove most of the anti-nutrients from the beans. I recommend soaking your beans for at least 24 hours, in a bowl of filtered water and a teaspoon of baking soda, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. If possible, rinse and change water at least once while soaking. When soak time is over, thoroughly rinse beans before cooking. For some reason, kidney (red) beans seem to be “dirtier” than others. Make sure you change the water and rinse completely, at least a couple of times.
The ingredients I’ve chosen to add to the beans, also aid in removing any leftover toxins or anti-nutrients in the beans. Celery, parsley and garlic are all anti-inflammatory. They contain nutrients, vitamins, compounds or minerals that can bind to toxins, to safely remove them from the body. This can help our bodies to digest beans more effectively, and draw out nutrients in the beans, for our bodies to use.
Having a healthy gut, before you enjoy a bowl full of beans, is also key in not having any ill effects. Taking digestive enzymes or pre- and pro-biotics before your meal can help your gut process foods better. It’s well worth it to use all of the tools available to us. More tools = less toots!
Hope y’all enjoy these Healthy Instant Pot Cajun Red Beans. It may take longer to soak and prepare your beans; but, you….and those around you, will thank me later. LOL!
Don’t have an Instant Pot yet? Treat yourself on Black Friday or Cyber Monday! I’m sure you’ll be able to get a great deal!
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