Lifestyle 120 - T. Kari Mitchell - Nourishing News  

December 2015 / Winter 2015 - 2016  

 

December greetings, friends!

Good cheer!  Wishing you joy, peace and abundant health during this festive season.

This issue marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of Nourishing News.  My, how time flies!  I am grateful for your continued support and well-wishes.  Thank you!  Expect a few changes in 2016.  Nourishing News will become a quarterly newsletter and my blog, Aha Moments:  A Few Reflections on Wellness, will be published more frequently.

As always, past blog posts, newsletters, recipes and more can be accessed on the Lifestyle 120 website.  If you know someone who can benefit from our health and wellness news, please share the love and light.  Click here to visit Lifestyle 120.

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Out of the Darkness Comes Light

December 22 is the first day of winter or winter solstice—marking the longest night and the shortest day of the year.  After this date, the days slowly begin to lengthen.  Winter solstice is a time for reflection, renewal and possibilities.  Relish the miracle of the seasons.  Celebrate the return of light!

Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays tend to be an incredibly busy time.  Many people seem to be moving at an accelerated pace with an increased sense of urgency.  Yes, this time of year can be demanding and stressful as people run around checking off items on their to-do list. 

When you get caught up in the frenzy, it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of the holiday season.  Focus on the simple things—make time for others, do good deeds, express love and promote peace.

Are you putting extra pressure on yourself to be the perfect host or to buy the perfect gift?  To avoid feeling exhausted and dispirited, try not to accept full responsibility for holiday entertaining.  Don’t hesitate to delegate so you have time to celebrate!   

If you discover that your joy and peace are slipping away, slow down and take time for self-care.  Your health depends on it.  Finding joy and peace in the midst of the frantic rush does not have to be challenging.  Here are some ways to refresh yourself.

12 Holiday Stress-Busters

• Watch a funny movie or a holiday classic.

• Listen to soft music by the fireplace.

• Invite a friend to lunch.

• Treat yourself to a personal service:  massage, manicure, facial.

• Savor one of the books on your reading list.

• Close your eyes and follow a guided meditation.

• Purchase tickets to a concert.

• Take a warm herbal bath by candlelight.

• Work out at the gym or go for a power walk.

• Sit in a quiet space with a hot cup of tea and relax.

• Take a yoga class.

• Listen to an inspirational or motivational CD.

You deserve to be pampered!

One of my favorite stress-busters is Swedish massage.  Watch for an upcoming blog post about the benefits of massage therapy.

“Rest and self-care are so important.  When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow.  You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”—Eleanor Brownn

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Intentions for 2016

The subject of the January 2015 newsletter is self-improvement goals.  As you know, we have been revisiting this topic throughout this year.  Are you satisfied with your progress?  This is a great time to revise and recommit to earlier intentions or to set your sights on a fresh new plan.  As this year draws to a close, establish a mindset for self-improvement and create your wellness map. 

Below is a reposting of suggestions offered in the January 2015 newsletter.  To review the entire inaugural newsletter, click here.

Seven-Steps To Goal Management

1.  Think one small self-improvement step at a time.

2.  Prepare a daily affirmation for the small step.

3.  Keep your promise to yourself by taking action each day.

4.  Evaluate your success daily/weekly.

5.  Enlist support from friends/relatives.

6.  Keep a journal/record of your success.

7.  Celebrate your success each month.

Be gentle with yourself and applaud small victories.  Resist the urge to be pressured into expecting immediate results.  Remember, health is a life-long process.

It can be challenging to create and activate a personal healthy-living plan alone.  Do you require support with your 2016 wellness goals?  Schedule a complementary breakthrough session with me this week.  Click here to schedule an appointment.

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Nutritious Nuggets

 

Frozen Good Luck Soup

Eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  This Southern tradition will set you up for good fortune in the coming year. 

Soup has graced the dining table for generations.  A hot, hearty bowl of soup can be filling and satisfying—a low-calorie way to nourish your body, mind and spirit—especially during the winter months.  Fresh ingredients are always preferred. But what are you going to do when the weather outside is frightful and you don’t have all the fresh ingredients you need or don’t feel like running out to the store?  Since your heart is set on soup, here’s the next best thing—open your freezer drawer and get creative! 

This recipe requires that you maintain a well-stocked freezer during the winter months.  So the next time you visit the grocer, purchase your favorite frozen items and a few other emergency supplies like jars of tomatoes, dried herbs and spices.   Now you’ll be ready to create something special in your pot when you’re in a bind. 

Consider using soup bones.  Soup bones not only add flavor but are also a great option for those trying to reduce meat consumption.  Additionally, the gelatin and collagen in bone broth have many healthful properties, one of which is protecting and healing the mucous lining of the digestive tract.  Click here for recipe.)

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Sip the Garden 

Present a gift of health.  Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family will help support a friend’s wellness goals.  And you don’t need to stand in a long line to get a copy.  Click here for more information.

 

 


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Consider This 

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I awoke and saw that life was service.  I acted and behold, service was joy.”—Rabindranath Tagore

How can you be a joy to the world all year long?  By spreading the gift of love and compassion.  Before you leave home each day, decide to touch someone’s heart and be an agent of inspiration.  Begin with a smile, offer kind words and extend a hand to someone in need.

Love, peace and health,

T. Kari Mitchell                                                                                                                            

Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

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