10 Easy Ways to Eat More Healthy this Holiday Season

10 Easy Ways to Eat More Healthy this Holiday Season

  1. Use unsweetened applesauce in place of sugar or butter or oil in recipes. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Recipes will retain the right consistency and sweetness, while knocking much of the calories (for example, one cup of unsweetened applesauce is about 100 calories, whereas one cup of sugar is more than 770 calories). If you use applesauce in place of sugar in recipes, decrease your liquid in the recipe ...
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Keeping an Optimal Balance during the Holidays

How to Keep an Optimal Balance during the Holidays

We in America tend to do our holiday season like we do most everything else—big, bright, extravagant, and pressured. We even, unlike most other countries, gave ourselves an additional holiday (Thanksgiving) during this time of year, just to keep things lively.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays, and wouldn’t pass on Thanksgiving (or the turkey) even if I could. However, I wine2

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How to Ease Your Child’s (and Your Own!) Transition Back to School (and Other Life Events) in 10 Steps

How can you ease your child’s (and your own!) transitions? Check out these 10 simple, but powerful steps:

  • Sleep—make sure that you set your child up for success by removing all possible obstacles to getting a good night’s
    Aidan sleepingsleep.  For example, remove electronics at least two hours before bedtime; make sure your child’s room is completely dark; make sure bedtime is at an ...
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7 Steps to a More Caring and Fun Relationship

7 Steps to a More Caring and Fun Relationship

By Lara Symonds, MA, LMFT

  1. Create list of caring behaviors that your partner does, used to do, or you would like them to do—be very specific and concrete (e.g. “You surprise me with flowers”, not, “You surprise me”). Ask your partner to do the same.
  2. Exchange said lists and go over your partner’s list, rating each item as “easy for me to do,” “difficult for me to do often,” and “not willing to do this ...
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Seeds for Connection by Lydia Mazariegos-DeLeon

Seeds for Connection

By Lydia Mazariegos-DeLeon

GetAttachmentAfter weeks of high temps, we found ourselves this week in the midst of heavy rain and thunderstorms.  I must admit that I found them refreshing.  Being from the Midwest, I’m used to a good drenching with almost torrential downpours.  It made me think of the fall, even though we still have a couple weeks of summer left.  The ...

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A Senses-ible Approach to Soothing Yourself

We all soothe ourselves when feeling stressed, distressed, tired, lonely, angry, and/or hungry, among other negative emotional states, but often we don’t realize that what we’re doing is soothing. Also, our methods for self-soothing are often destructive to ourselves and others.

wine2We over-eat, we shop impulsively, we drink alcoholically and/or abuse other drugs, we fill our computers with pornography, we gamble, we watch TV, ...

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Who has time to take a break? You do…see how

male criticMany people working in today’s overtime corporate culture think taking time off means squandering opportunities, losing business, or wasting money. But, if it’s done right, taking time off can actually provide more energy, add a new perspective to old situations, and increase effectiveness.

If you’re one of those people who don’t take all the time off you need, you’re not alone.

In 2006 Expedia reported that 36% of people polled don’t plan ...

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Show Your Sleep Some Respect by Tom Freeman

dad's sunflowersAs we approach mid-summer, increased hours of daylight and rising temperatures have the potential to impact the quality of your sleep.  Getting good sleep every night is essential for a multitude of reasons – some very well known and some less so.

 

Certainly, lack of sleep impacts mood, but it also impacts cognitive functioning.  We also know that sleep disorders and chronic sleep ...

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