December is Mind Body Wellness Month
Tick tock, the countdown to the year-end has begun! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Is your calendar exploding with one social engagement after another? Are you dreading what your new kitten might do with tinsel and candles? Holiday stress is real! Take a break and treat yourself to the gift of doing nothing.
Lift your spirit by bringing your mind and body into balance. Find perfect harmony. A positive outlook on life can make a difference in your overall health. For a healthier, happier you, sometimes all it takes is a little imagination. Take a break from your day with 10 minutes of positive thinking, meditation, or a walk. Remember an event that made you happy. Or imagine yourself in a place that makes you feel calm and worry-free, like on a beach or your favorite hiking trail. For a more direct effect, do something that makes you smile or laugh. Studies show that simple act of smiling can reduce feeling of stress. And don't discount the magic of music. Sing out your blues and feel your spirit lighten. Karaoke, anyone?
December Tips :
Food For Thought
Did you know that when you have bean sprouts on a sandwich, in soups, in stir fries, etc., those are the sprouts of mung beans? This month's recipe is Mung Bean Green Papaya Spinach Soup , which uses the bean and not the sprout. You can even substitute dried mung beans for fresh or use a combination of both dried and fresh to get a creamier texture since the split bean will cook faster.
So, what's a green papaya? It's actually an unripened papaya and is similar to a summer squash and rich in potassium. These are usually found in an Asian or Latin supermarket. For an oil-free recipe, use water or vegetable broth to sauté. Whether it's a cold fall or winter day or night, give this recipe a try if you're looking for a soup that's hearty, healthy, and has lots of varying textures. It's Mmm good!
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