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Healthy Me

Looking for healthy recipes?  Ideas for quick, healthy meals on a budget?  We have some great ideas.  We will be posting recipes each week.  You can also click on the link to see a great website by ProHealth Physicians with great ideas and recipes!

Be Thankful!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, reminding us to be grateful for what we have.  Gratitude is a healthful attitude to cultivate all year long.  Here are a few reasons to add some daily gratitude to your day, no matter the reason:

Make yourself happier.  Making a daily list of all the things you are thankful for is linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity.  Jot down 3-4 thins each day, and look it over weekly for a cheerful lift.

Be a better friend.  Gratitude has been shown to boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping with a task or lending emotional support.  Your friends will appreciate the effort!

Improve your sleep.  Researchers found that when people spent 15 minutes writing down what they were grateful for in a journal before bedtme, they fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer.

Reduce your sick days.  Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which in turn is linked with better immune health.  What a nice way to avoid geting sick!

Boost your heart health.  One study showed that people with less anger and more positive emotions had less stress being put on their heart.  Practicing gratitude is a great way to reduce anger and increase feelings of comfort. 
The health of our gut is also linked to our mood, so feed yourself well with real, whole foods and you may see a big difference in your overall well-being.

Thanksgiving Tip:  Many struggle to feed their families furing the holidays.  Consider making a donation to your local food bank, but try making it a healthy choice.  Donate nut butters, canned fruit in juice, canned veggies, whole grain crackers and pasta.  It's a double benefit to know you helped feed a family and that you fed them well!