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The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving

Five Tips to Maintain Your Sanity During the Holidays!

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Don’t let Thanksgiving Derail Your Health

Thanksgiving is practically here. And this year, we’re all planning on sitting around the table with our loved ones again. We can help you kick off the holidays and guide you to a healthier Thanksgiving! Meet some of our very own Dunn Pellier Media clients.

Get ready for game day: Eat a healthy breakfast.

Get ready to fast – intermittent fast to better health. Start “break-fast” with a tall glass of water, followed by some kind of herbal tea or hot water with lemon. If you can, follow that with green juice.

To have a healthy breakfast we recommend some kind of greens and eggs. We suggest some scrambled eggs and arugula with some extra virgin olive oil. What this does is hydrate and alkalize your body and begin to neutralize the acidic foods you’re about to ingest.

For amazing breakfast recipe ideas, check out Dr. Mindy Pelz. She’s also got some amazing holiday recipes as well, and be sure to check out her holiday gift guide complete with deep discounts so you can save on her healthy picks!

Stay hydrated. 

While you sleep you build up toxins.  We suggest that you begin your day with water and herbal teas to help flush out those toxins.  To stay hydrated throughout the day, keep water nearby. You might think you are hungry, but actually are dehydrated and need water. Drink plenty of water after breakfast and right up until you begin feasting on any holiday fare.

Amp up your digestion with Power Life. 

There is no way around it: if you’re going to indulge in all the treats this holiday has to offer, set yourself up for success.  You can arm your digestive system with some pre and probiotics from our client, Tony Horton, creator of Power Life. His favorite product, Foundation Four is a formula that combines the nutritional powerhouses of green vegetables, magnesium, and pre and probiotics into one convenient powder.

It contains 2 daily servings of organic vegetables.  One of them is acacia fiber that helps with gas and bloating.  Did you know that eating too much Thanksgiving food can cause gas and bloat?  You won’t eat as much by amping up your digestion beforehand by adding in Foundation Four.

Order the best most sustainable vegetables for your holiday meal. 

If you want some of the best-sourced vegetables in all of the USA that is ranked the highest in nutrients, meet Farmer Lee Jones.  All of the vegetables grown on his farm are free of pesticides and sustainably grown. Order your Farmer Jones Farm Thanksgiving box today with vegetables to serve 4-6 people.

Have a pre and post-workout game plan. 

The holidays would not be complete without a game plan to work off those extra holiday calories. Think about exercise first.

If you don’t already have a go-to workout or if you’re looking to try something new, try Les Mills, or Bulldog Yoga. These virtual fitness apps contain workouts you can do anywhere, anytime. 

There you have it, a simple game plan to help keep you healthy and on track during the holidays.  From our Thanksgiving table to yours, we wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

A Healthier Halloween

Recipes & Ideas From DPM Clients!

Are you concerned about the amount of sugar your child may be consuming this Halloween? The most important part of this holiday – the costumes!  Don’t forget about getting the front of your house decorated!

Stop buying those sugary treats to hand out to hopeful trick-or-treaters!  We have a few healthy suggestions for those neighborhood friends.

Look at this yummy Dark Chocolate Halloween Pudding from SideChef (pictured above), complete with ghosts and pumpkins!

How about these delicious Beet Marshmallows from The Chef’s Garden Cookbook, The Chef’s Garden?

If Halloween baking isn’t your thing, then you can try these 6 helpful tips from My Net Diary on how to avoid getting sucked into the Halloween candy calorie pit.

Dr. Mindy Pelz shares some fun recipes and ideas for healthier swaps this Halloween!

5 healthier alternatives to Halloween candy:

Organic LMNT Gummies

You can make LMNT flavored gummies using different silicon trays that are in the shapes of spiders and worms!

Instructions: Mix a packet of LMNT with 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 tablespoons of Gelatin. Mix together, bring to a boil, pour into trays, and let sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours!

Fruit Leather

You can find organic, natural, fruit leather that comes in a variety of flavors at your local health store or on Thrive Market!

Honey Sticks

The local farmer’s market almost always has the honey stand and they normally have honey sticks!  If you can find them local to your area, that would be best!

Chocolate Covered Dates

This is one of our all-time favorite snacks!  I like to take pitted dates, place them into a silicone ice cube tray, and cover them with melted Lily’s milk chocolate.  One tip when making – sprinkle sea salt on top, and then place the dates in the freezer for an hour.

Lily’s Peanut Butter Cups

Lily’s makes a delicious peanut butter cup that is organic and low sugar.  We like to order in bulk through Thrive Market for our office, and this is a great alternative to the Reese’s Peanut Buttercup.

Dr. Mindy has a ton of other recipes on her website that you can dig through to find some creative things to give to your kids this Halloween!

Not a Chef? Not a Problem

Make the Best Thanksgiving Meal & Sides with SideChef!

Photo Credit: SideChef Instagram

Well, friends, we have an interesting challenge coming up as we look toward Thanksgiving this year: Thanksgiving without those we are most grateful for, namely, our families. These are strange times, to say the least, and 2020 continues to ask us to dig deep into our hearts and souls to find the lessons, and to take them with us into 2021.

We may not be able to be with our families this year, but since Thanksgiving is about gratitude, let us try to be grateful for our health.

And just because we can’t be with our families doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the delicious eats that this holiday always has to offer! If you find yourself challenged in the kitchen and wondering how to make a gourmet Thanksgiving meal, we have got a solution for you!

SideChef is a cooking app for the modern chef, the chef who can follow a recipe but who doesn’t necessarily know what the heck it means to “blanch” the asparagus or “mince” the garlic (and the chef who knows those terms too). The app was created by a guy named Kevin. Standing in front of his girlfriend, wanting to make dinner for her…but not knowing how to! That was 4 years ago, and SideChef was born.

Today, SideChef features over 16,000 recipes with robust search filtering, meal planning, ingredient delivery, step-by-step guidance with photos, instructional videos, voice command, in-app timers, and smart appliance control. SideChef has simplified the process of making delicious meals and has proven that anyone can cook (we’re happy to report that the founder’s girlfriend eats quite well these days!).

Want to know what else SideChef offers? Virtual cooking classes! They have partnered with Panasonic to bring you, virtual cooking classes! The first featured Belqui from @belquistwist where she taught everyone how to cook two recipes with a microwave oven – yes, a microwave!

Whether you join them virtually or just head over to their site for some recipes (like this Thanksgiving roasted chicken, or this apple turkey melt for day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers), SideChef has got your covered this year.

Check them out at sidechef.com and get cooking today!

The Holidays are Coming! Got Sleep on Your List of Gifts This Year? Get OOLER

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but the holidays are almost here. Again. Where does the time go? Get ahead of your gift giving this year. If you’ve got someone on your list who needs help with sleep (or if you yourself are someone who does), then you’ll want to add the OOLER sleep system from Chili to the list!

Adjusting your sleep temperature is all the rage right now, and with good reason. The temperature at which you sleep has a direct impact on your quality of rest! But what happens if you run hot and your partner runs cold? One ends up sweating, while the other is fine. Conversely, one ends up freezing while the other sleeps soundly. Well, not anymore, people. Not. Any. More.!!!

Chili, a company that specializes in temperature mattress pads, has been helping couples get better rest for years now! They just introduced a new product: The OOLER®. It is their most advanced and most luxurious sleep system with a hydro-powered thermal range from 55-115°F (13-46°C). It includes a hydronic pad, control unit(s) and OOLER app for sleep schedules. Enjoy upgraded features to not only improve your sleep but to optimize it for one or two sleepers.

Not sure this system is right for you or your gift recipient? No problem. Any of the Chili products comes with a 90 night sleep trial! Their products also come with free shipping, a payment plan if you don’t want to drop too much cash at once, and a 2 year limited warranty, so you really can’t go wrong.

Let the gift giving – and the good sleep – begin! For more information, visit https://www.chilitechnology.com

5 Tips To Finding Inner Peace During This Holiday Season

Halloween is so yesterday! It’s time to pack up those witches and ghouls and break out the Thanksgiving decorations! Wait, what’s that? Too soon? Feeling too much pressure?

We totally get it. It seems that in this day and age, just as soon as one holiday ends, another one is upon us (read: being shoved down our throats, threatening to suck the joy out of what is otherwise a very fun holiday). No matter how you feel about the holidays, they are indeed approaching. And along with the holidays come the endless gift lists, mall lineups, and holiday traffic jams in the parking lot (that was my spot, you cotton headed nincompoop!!) 


Stay sane and tap into your inner Buddha this holiday season, with these 5 tips from Boho Beautiful:

1. Wake up an hour earlier than everyone else.

Use this hour not to be the first to benefit from some online sale, but rather, to unplug from your devices and to spend some quality time with yourself. Have some tea, read a good book, do some sun salutations, go for a nature walk. Get yourself into a peaceful state so that when the rest of the world wakes up and “life” begins, you step into the bustle completely zenned out.

2. Do this 3-part breath exercise (called “dirgha pranayama”).

This is a great breathing exercise to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. This breathing exercise can be done anywhere whether you are sitting in a  traffic jam, at a line at the mall, or just feeling the Holiday anxiety level rise. Here are the steps to master the “3-part breath”:

  • Sit or lie down comfortably. Place your hand on your belly and begin to take 3 deep breaths into the belly, feeling it rise and fall.
  • Next, move into the rib cage. Taking 3 deep breaths and feel your rib cage expand as you inhale and contact as exhale. Paying attending to that movement continue for 3 breaths.
  • Moving upwards to the chest. Place your hand on your chest or your heart. Taking 3 deep breaths, feeling the gentle pressure of your hand and your chest expand on the inhale and release on the exhale. Do that 3 more times.
  • At last, combine the 3 breaths into one 3-part breath. Starting with the belly, take a deep breath in feel the belly rise, continue to breathe and move the inhale into your ribs and then your chest. Hold….and then exhale in reversed order chest, then your ribs, then your belly.
…….again…..
inhale: belly, ribs, chest
exhale: chest, ribs, belly
Continue for at least 5 or more times and feel the tension and stress release with each exhale.


3. Turn your shower into a meditative experience.

Is the shower the only time you get to yourself? No problem. Turn it into a cleansing, meditative experience. Use the flow of warm water on your face as a symbol of cleansing and purification. Visualize the water washing away all your worries, fears, and stress into the drain. Watch the water wash your body and watch it continue onwards away from you as you send off any negative thoughts and feelings along with it. Play some soft relaxing music, soap your body with natural cleansing soaps and put the intention out there as you clean your body, that once water stops and all the negative “dirty” water comes off you, you leave it in the drain. You step out of that shower, feeling refreshed, peaceful, happy, and relaxed, ready to take on the day with a positive and happy mindset.

4. Create a home sanctuary.

Your home is your personal space where you should feel completely comfortable and at peace. Try to create a small sanctuary amidst all the rest of our everyday clutter (i.e. to-do lists, the person who cut your off in traffic, etc.) Your sanctuary can be a garden in your backyard that you can take a timeout in, or your bedroom that you can decorate with candles, incense, beautiful quotes and statutes that can remind you of peace and relaxation. Take a moment to sit in your “sanctuary” for at least 5 minutes. You can practice your 3-part breath, or just simply take deep breaths and relax the body and mind. Don’t check your social media or worry about if anyone needs you at that very moment. Five minutes is all you need to reset your mind, clear your head, take a deep breath to finish the day.

5. Do this 10-minute yoga practice to help with digestion after an indulgent holiday meal.

Cat-Cow

Downward Dog

Triangle Pose

Revolved Triangle Pose

Extended Puppy Pose

Bridge Pose

Half Gas Relief Pose

Namaste and happy holidays!

For more information on The Boho Beautiful Way, visit https://bohobeautiful.life/ 

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