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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Applying The Lifestyle Changes of The Autoimmune Protocol

Well, I’ve gone over all the resources and foods you’re going to need on The Autoimmune Protocol. Now, I’d like to go over what I consider the hardest part of following The Autoimmune Protocol, the lifestyle changes. Dunt Dunt Duun!

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There are many reasons I consider lifestyle changes to be the hardest part of the protocol. As far as reducing my stress, well, stuff happens. You know what I mean. You’re going along, just trying to heal your autoimmune disease(s), and, BAM, something stressful happens. Whether it’s your car breaking down, or a loved one having a health crisis, stress just seems to rear it’s ugly head.

Next, let’s cover getting enough sleep. I try to get enough sleep, even though I’m a bit of a night owl. If I need to wake up early, I adjust the time I go to bed. But, sometimes, I get insomnia. It’s actually something I inherited from my grandmother. I also get the jimmy legs and arms, otherwise known as restless leg and arms. Yes, you can get the jimmy arms! I don’t get it nearly as much as I used to; but, when it comes around, the only way I can go to sleep, is to shake my legs and arms until it goes away. My grandmother suffered from that as well. Plus, because my hubby has elderly parents, he has gotten calls in the middle of the night to rush over and give his assistance. All of this affects my sleep immensely.

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Getting Enough Sleep

As far as my circadian rhythms go, I’m a naughty girl. Even my hubby gets on me about this. Because I’m a blogger, I’m often working, on my computer or iPads, until right before I go to bed. I can’t help it. There is simply not enough time in a day to do everything I have to do. I honestly don’t know how people do it. I’ve tried to shut things down early; but, I can’t stand to sit in a dark room. I feel like I’m in a dungeon! I need all the lights on, until I’m ready to go to bed. That’s just me.

Meal frequency is another thing I struggle with. I practice intermittent fasting, which I will cover in a later post. Now, the reason I eat this way is because I’ve had my gallbladder removed and have several anomalies in my gastrointestinal tract. For me, eating actually causes stress to my body. Because of this, I eat two to three meals a day, all within an eight hour window. This gives my body lots of time to recover and digest my food properly. But, if you don’t have these abnormalities, I have to suggest against intermittent fasting until you’re in remission.

Exercise is another problem for me. If I’m experiencing a flare, I try to keep my workouts to yoga or ballet barre. Believe me, I would rather be doing HIIT training or heavy weight lifting. But, that would simply tear down my body. And, here and there, I hurt too much to want to even move. I mean, who feels like exercising when every joint in your body aches?

Lastly, taking medication is usually not a problem for me. I hate taking medications! However, recently I suffered a severe respiratory infection and psoriasis flare. I had to go on antibiotics and steroidal medications. There are things that happen that are completely out of our control. I’m still suffering the after effects of these medications.

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My psoriasis flare!|Paleo Cajun Lady

So, believe me, I understand if you’re struggling with some of these lifestyle changes:
SLEEP
CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS
MEAL FREQUENCY
EXERCISE
MEDICATION USAGE

In her book, The Paleo Approach, Sarah Ballantyne gives many great ideas on implementing these lifestyle changes. She also explains the science behind why you would want to make them.
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I have vowed to try and do better with these lifestyle changes. I have The Autoimmune Protocol diet under control. Recently, I tried some reintroductions, which really didn’t turn out too well for me. It was easy for me to return to strict AIP to heal my flare. But, without the lifestyle changes, I could simply be undoing all the good the diet does for me.

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Healing Autoimmune- AIP Paleo Nutrition

Applying the lifestyle changes of The Autoimmune Protocol is necessary for your healing. You must try to reduce your stress, balance your circadian rhythms, not skip meals, get low impact exercise, and, if possible, reduce or stop medication usage. I can’t tell you how to do these things. You must figure out what’s going to work for you. I can give you ideas; but, it’s up to you to pick and choose which ideas resonate with you.

Over the next few weeks, I will have blog post covering each one of these lifestyle changes. I will give you my report card on how I’m doing with them. I will also give you some ideas on how to make each change. Remember, be realistic when choosing which ideas you want to follow. If I list journalling as a good stress release activity; but, you hate to write, you may want to skip that one. Also, you have to forgive yourself if you’re having a hard time with these lifestyle changes. I certainly don’t hold my lack of obedience over my head. I move on, knowing that I’ll try to be better next time.

Striving for perfection is way too stressful. I prefer my own imperfect self! I go for progress! And, I applaud myself for every little win! Hopefully, you’ll do the same.

Ideas for products that may help in applying The Autoimmune Protocol lifestyle changes:
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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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