Black Friday – Do You?

Do you shop on Black Friday? Do you go in store, or do you curl up with your laptop (or phone!) and go to town on your online shopping cart (bonus: NO SQUEAKY WHEELS!)

Anything you are eyeing this year? What’s your best score ever?

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Slay la Vie

Wordplay.
Motivation.
MMA.

🎶 these are a few of my favorite thiiiiings 🎶

And I mean, between that and the fact today’s workout was called MMA Kick Butt, today’s gonna be nothing short of awesome.

You know how I know?

Because I’ll make it so!

Tip Tuesday – Seasonal Grief

We fell back, which means we got an extra hour of sleep, but it means it gets darker much, much earlier…

Many of us are summer children, unprepared for the cold test of patience that is winter. So while we celebrate the seasons, we also grieve the daylight; the sunlight.

This grief lives in your lungs. If your lungs are healthy, you might just feel a passing sense of sadness, a little pang of melancholy when the last leaf falls from the tree outside your window. But if you are already holding grief in your lungs, perhaps due to a bad breakup, the loss of a job, or bereavement, Fall can bring these greater pains to the surface. Sometimes this manifests as chronic physical symptoms like bronchitis and frequent colds, and other times it shows itself as anxiety and depression. The waning daylight can also trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some people (that’d be me!)

Good nutrition, exercise, and herbs can help but what’s really needed in the case of deeply held grief is counseling or other therapies that will bring release for these stuck emotions.

Reach out, don’t be afraid to talk about it or seek treatment – there is no shame in seeking treatment so you can be as happy as healthy as you are able. I have been getting acupuncture, and it  has been very helpful – have you tried?

How do YOU cope with less daylight?

Saturday Sips – Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha

It’s Saturday – let’s have a cocktail, shall we?

Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha –

  • 3 teaspoons fig simple syrup (see below)
  • 2 ounces Spiced rum
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Whole ice and crushed ice
  • Kombucha (I like Synergy or Health-Ade)
  • Fig (for garnish)

Add the fig syrup, spiced rum, orange juice and a few whole ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass with crushed ice and top with kombucha. Serve with a fresh fig.

Fig Simple Syrup

  • 12 ounces fresh figs, stems removed and quartered (about 6)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple sugar, etc)
  • 3/4 cup filtered water

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until sugar starts to dissolves and figs begin to soften. Mash the figs as they cook. Once all of the sugar has dissolved and figs are breaking apart, remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for 30 minutes. Cool completely before straining into a clean jar or bottle, cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Note: I prefer to use coconut sugar, personally.

 

Food Swap Friday – Starches

Next week is Thanksgiving, and even with healthier options, it’s easy to intake way too many calories and grams of carbohydrates. If you aren’t someone who has to pay attention to that, cool, enjoy your meal!

Unfortunately, not everyone has that ability, and so it’s nice to have a healthier option, too. Oh, but how could one take away the mashed potatoes?! BLASPHEMY – you can’t!

But honestly, either of today’s options are better for you, with the same (if not more!) flavor and texture – so why not give it a try?