Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic Recipe

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.

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Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic Recipe

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.

Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add tincture drops to already steeped cup of herbal tea.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add stevia or honey to taste.
  4. Stir.
  5. Sip tonic slowly.

Notes

*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.

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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.

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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.

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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The Art Of Saying “No”

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m living in a giant pool, constantly treading water. You could say, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. It seems I need to practice the art of saying “NO”.

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The Art Of Saying “No”

Some of you, who are around the same age, may remember that old TV commercial, with the woman who sang about bringing home the bacon….and, frying it up it the pan….oh, and never letting him (whoever him was) forget he’s a man. Basically, they were telling us women that we could do everything and anything. We set out to build careers, families, friendships, and livelihoods. We juggled everything, and always took on more. We learned to say “Yes, I can have and do it all!”. To say “No” would have made us look weak. As empowered women, the last thing we wanted was to look soft and outdated.

The downside to saying “yes” all the time is you eventually wear yourself down. Typically, this will start to manifest itself in physical illness. I believe the surge of autoimmune disease diagnoses is partially a result of all this “yes” dominance. By saying “yes” to everything, we’ve created so much pressure and stress for ourselves. Eventually, something has got to give.

Now, I am in no way an expert in the art of saying “no”. I’m pretty much what you could call a work in progress. Slowly, I’m learning how to analyze whether a request deserves a “yes” or a “no”. And, I call it an art because most often we cannot blurt out a quick “no”. We have to carefully determine what we can fit into our already busy lives.

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Overwhelmed? You may want to say “No”.

How to determine if you should accept or deny a request:

  1.  If you accept this request, will it help you as well? For example, if your boss asks you to work on a weekend, and you accept, will it help to further your career?
  2. If you decline the request, will it hurt you in any way? For example, take the instance above, and decline. Will you lose your job or lose a promotion?
  3. Do you have too much on your plate already? For example, if your Saturday is filled with shuttling the kids around, and someone asks you to run an errand for them, would you have to rearrange your whole schedule to help them?
  4. Can you negotiate the request? For example, you may not be able to run the errand above on Saturday, but you could fit it in on Sunday. Would that work for the person?

And, that’s it. If you make the process too complicated, it’ll take too long to formulate an answer. Basically, if it won’t hurt you to say “no”, or if you already have too much on your plate, you say “no”. If the request will help you greatly, will hurt you if you decline, or you can negotiate it, you may want to say “yes”. But, the choice is still yours to make.

How to gracefully tell someone “No”:

  1.  Understand that the person making the request probably has no idea how busy you already are. Don’t expect people to know your schedule. Simply explaining that your plate is full at this time is usually enough for people to understand. You don’t need to give them an itemized list of the things you’re doing. It’s just easy to say, “I would love to help you; but, I barely have time to do everything in my schedule as it is. Perhaps, I could help you at another time.”
  2. Never try to negotiate with children or fur-babies. A simple, yet firm “No” is best. LOL!
  3. If it’s a request that you just don’t want to do…..ever, it’s best to be up front and say, “No, I’m sorry. I can’’t do it.”, and smile. Most of the time we feel the need to explain; but, that’s not necessary. They’re asking for your time, service, space, or whatever. If giving them what they ask does not bring you joy, you owe no explanation.
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Remember to take time for yourself.

Obviously, saying “no” to some people is going to be easier than saying it to others. Family is notoriously hard to decline. But, like I constantly tell my husband, if something happens to you, or you get too sick to help others, what’s going to happen to them then. You’re no good to anyone, including yourself, if you’re overstressed, exhausted, and spread too thin. Sometimes, you just need to practice the art of saying “No”.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Talking Stress Management on The Autoimmune Connection

Whew, I have no idea where this week went.  I’ve been so busy, I didn’t have time to write my second post for this week.  That’s why I find myself, sitting here at 11:00 PM on Friday night, writing this. All of this busy lifestyle can be quite stressful. That’s why it’s so fitting that I sat on a panel with some of my fellow AIP bloggers to talk about stress management on The Autoimmune Connection. Continue reading “Talking Stress Management on The Autoimmune Connection”

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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