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The Best Ever Thanksgiving Survival Guide to Mental Health

How to survive Thanksgiving? Get through it without gaining 7 pounds of excess weight and 20 pounds of family baggage? Just follow these 10 tips and enjoy!
The Best Ever Thanksgiving Survival Guide to Mental Health
1. Manage Your Expectations. Remember …Thanksgiving is just like any other day in life. It’s filled with ups, downs, glitches and unexpected happenings. Whatever your expectations of Thanksgiving may be, please lower them right now!

Do you think every dish is going to be delicious? Think again.
Do you think that none of your buttons are going to get pushed? Think again.
Do you think that the air will be filled with happiness and gratitude every single second of this fabulous family day? Think again

Manage your expectations!
2. Don’t Regress. Your brother isn’t 13, and you’re not 9. It doesn’t matter that he was bigger than you, elbowed you, teased you, took your favorite toy and smashed it! NO! It really is NOT relevant in the NOW. Let go of the past!
3. Celebrate You. If you find that comments from family members, or rather your interpretation of their comments, sends you on a downward spiral, then come armed with the knowledge that you are wonderful. You are fabulous!
What amazing qualities do you possess? Are you strong? Thoughtful? Creative? Whimsical? Friendly? Determined? Caring? Funny? Celebrate you!
Jot down a quick list of the qualities you like most about yourself and bring the list with you to Thanksgiving. Tuck it away in your pocket or up your sleeve, and if feelings of insecurity start to come up for you, then quietly disappear into a quiet corner, take a quick peek at your list. Take in a deep breath. Own your greatness.
4. Give the Little Kids a Break. All that energy, all that food, all that sugar. It’s inevitable. Someone is going to spill something, cry, get cranky, fall down, break something. Prepare ahead of time. Bring enough games, DVDs and books to occupy the little ones. And bring a bag of extra patience for yourself.
5. Pretend “They” are Someone Else’s Family. Don’t we all love our friend’s family? Don’t we find them interesting, loving, and funny? Pretend that you are not related to ‘them.’ Get a fresh start; a new perspective and you may be surprised find that they’re not so bad after all.
6. Become a Foto-Food Journalist. Bring a camera and give yourself a journalistic assignment. Perhaps you can take a photo of each person eating, or holding a plate filled with their favorite food? Interview them and ask “What is it that is so compelling about pumpkin pie?”
7. Wear Tight Pants. Take your winter sweats, loose pants, elastic waist -bands and ditch ‘em. You will definitely eat less if there is no room to grow.
8. Say “No, Thank you.” Even though some people show their love through food, you don’t have to eat it! Rehearse saying “No, Thank You!” In numerous languages, just in case English doesn’t work.
9. Visualize. Instead of losing control and feeling really bad about yourself at the end of the day, in addition to possibly feeling ill from ‘it all,’ at the very onset of the day, before you venture out into the world, sit in a quiet place and visualize.
Visualize that it is the end of the day. Yes, you made it through the day, and you are feeling proud. You enjoyed the day, practiced moderation, enjoyed the company of others, felt grateful for what you do have in your life (your glass is more than half full). Add any details to vision in your mind’s eye that bring forth visions of happiness, success, actions that are in alignment with your values and goals. Make it real, set your intention and carry this image with you! Yes, you can make it through the holidays without the glaze!
10. Thanksgiving is NOT a Gateway Holiday. Contrary to the agreed upon reality, you do NOT have to gain 6 or 7 pounds this holiday season. Create a new reality. Join with us as we change at The Christmas Diet change the tradition and actually WAKE UP THINNER on New Year’s Day! Now imagine that!
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, author,columnist, seminar leader and 50 pound big-time-loser.
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Holiday Blues: Turn a Thankful Cheek

Got the Holiday Blues? You’re not alone! Truth be told, the holidays are a tossed salad of emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, hunger, loneliness, joy, love, gratitude and loss – oh and the dressing is stress! True enough!
Now that we have acknowledged this fact – yes, the holidays can be overwhelming, stress-filled and nerve-wracking, the opposite side of the coin still holds true.
Thanksgiving is a time to remember what we are thankful for. It is a time to exercise our gratitude muscle. To reflect and hold dear what is meaningful.

I invite you to join with me as I list my
101 Things I am Thankful for:

1. second chances
2. puppy love
3. passion
4. flowers
5. photography
6. Central Park’s Harlem Meer
7. trees
8. cell phones
9. life in general, YAY I’m alive
10. opportunities
11. answered prayers
12. desire
13. love
14. creativity
15. possibility
16. new friends
17. old friends
18. family, near and far
19. heat
20. electricity (Go! Ben Franklin)
21. pineapples
22. dried apricots
23. Our Lady of Weight Loss
24. Beliefnet
25. soft fuzzy blankets
26. taste buds
27. the busy sounds of the streets
28. emotions
29. sushi and sake
30. full moons
31. the stars
32. glitter glue
33. memories
34. computers
35. Internet
36. individuality
37. the Constitution
38. laughter
39. pears
40. forgiveness
41. crazy glue
42. gratitude
43. the mysteries of the Universe
44. the telephone
45. thunderstorms
46. snow
47. health
48. time to laze about
49. cousins
50. tears
51. coffee
52. take out menus and home deliveries
53. birthdays
54. oceans
55. New York bagels
56. bubble baths
57. squirrels
58. hiking trails
59. park benches
60. birds singing
61. lavender plants
62. movies, good or bad
63. weeping willow trees
64. sister bloggers
65. sales! 1/2 off sales!
66. that I live in the good ole USA
67. the way God works
68. comedians, in particular, Chris Rock
69. good yummy books to get lost in
70. soft sofas to curl up on
71. comfy shoes
72. fun scissors
73. my fluffy cat
74. toe socks
75. cow pj’s
76. frequent flyer miles
77. unplanned weekend
78. blind faith
79. scrapbooking
80. magazines
81. clementines
82. small kindnesses of others
83. day dreams
84. a clean house
85. perspective
86. moments of grace
87. paint
88. deep breaths
89. the courage to move on
90. midday naps
91. spray butter
92. lip gloss
93. wifi
94. soft breezes
95. bread
96. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s admission price is ‘suggested’
97. I have a hairdresser that ‘gets’ me
98. buttons
99. pretty vintage paper
100. silly anything
101. Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills – Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip –
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you
The LORD is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm –
He will watch over your life;
The LORD will watch over your coming and going
Both now and forevermore.
What are you grateful for?
Please leave a comment, so I can add it to my list!
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, author,columnist, seminar leader and 50 pound big-time-loser.
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Holiday Stress: Antidote

Weight Loss Coach logo.jpgWant to make the holiday fun, memorable and alleviate holiday stress?
How would you like to trade in feelings of overwhelm and holiday stress (which I admit are mounting by the second for me. YIKES! There are only 7 days till Thanksgiving, and I don’t have enough carrot recipes to get me through a 4-day weekend with my family!), for moments of calm, peace, tranquility and pride, self-expression and accomplishment?
How would you like to focus on the joy of the holiday, remember the fun moments, the giggles, the ‘creative’ ways in which you navigated family situations?
“Yes!” you enthusiastically reply. “I sure would like to trade in holiday stress, ‘negative’ feelings that are causing me to spiral downward … and on the way down, grab a hunk or two of Pumpkin, Apple and Coconut Custard Pie!”
“Is it possible?” you ask.
“Yes!” I answer. “It is possible and here’s how! …
… Create Your Holiday Journal!
Whether or not you are experienced at journaling, whether or not you consider yourself a writer, whether or not you have a creative bone in your body, I can tell you that keeping a holiday journal is a great antidote to holiday stress, and it is a lot of fun!
Your journal will help you to focus on the experiences of the holiday season – all the happy and joyful experiences – and the other ones, too (perhaps in a humorous and transformative way)!
Your Holiday Journal presents an opportunity to record yourself in the image you’d like to be remembered. (Hmmmmm … think about that! Don’t leave it up to your kids to tell your grandchildren and great grandchildren what you were like; spin your own tale! Speaking from my own paranoia!)
In all seriousness, you can also use your journal to reflect on your blessings and your spiritual journey through the holiday season. By adding to your journal each year, you will create a wonderful keepsake for your family, as well as a record to help you make the Holiday Season better each year.
And an extra bonus. You can’t eat while your hands are busy cutting and pasting photos or writing with pretty pens!
Step One: Journal Style
It is important to select your journal carefully.
This book is a place where you will share your innermost thoughts, feelings, reflections about the holidays. It can be a place to hold artifacts and photos. Perhaps a recipe or two that you want to hold on to for next year. Or a recipe or two that totally bombed with photos of people’s faces eating something into which, you inadvertently spilled the entire contents of a bottle of hot sauce. (See, humor!)
Take time to select and set up your Journal in a way that suits you best and if, at some point, it’s not working, get a new book! (Revolutionary idea!!!)
Your journey should appeal to you on a number of levels. You might consider its feel, its look and functionality. Feel good about your book. Feel comfortable and relaxed when writing in it.
Step Two: Organize Your Journal
I’m imagining that you don’t want your journal to be an extension of your junk drawer or overly cluttered linen closet! Chaos, disorder! How will you organize your journal?
Perhaps you’ll want to keep in chronological order. Day 1: Sweet Potato Pie Fight … or you might want your journal to have sections. One section for happy moments; another for recipes; or another for photographs.
Step Three: Diary vs. Repository of Memories
Most people think of journals as diaries, but in this case it is more than that. You are recording experiences and feelings about a specific period of time. How will you explore your experiences? Your feelings? Might you include others, inviting them to contribute a page or their thoughts?
Whatever type of journal you choose, however you organize it, you will be so pleased at the end of the holiday season when you look through the wonderful keepsake that you created.
Have fun!
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, author,columnist, seminar leader and 50 pound big-time-loser.
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Lean Cuisine Recall: Plastic in Your Bow Ties?

Lean Cuisine Deadly? I’m a bit unnerved (to say the least) that plastic has been found in Lean Cuisine’s chicken dinners and that the Department of Agriculture deems this a Class I Recall; Health Risk HIGH alert. “The meals,” they say, “may contain”foreign materials” that could be deadly.”
After Lean Cuisine received a complaint from a consumer who reported injury, Lean Cuisine linked the cause of injury to small pieces of hard plastic.
Please take the time to look through your freezers and be sure NOT to eat any of the following (Source: Agriculture Department).
Products Recalled:
1. 9 1/2 ounce Lean Cuisine Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta
2. 10 1/2 ounce Lean Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean
3. 12 1/2 ounce Lean Cuisine Chicken Tuscan
Information number: Lean Cuisine at 1-800-993-8625.
Again, please be sure to check your freezers!
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THE CHRISTMAS DIET … Imagine waking up on New Years Day THINNER than you are now!
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