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  • Juanita Weaver-Reiss

Practical tools/tips to master the holidays - 2

Thanksgiving, the words that are the description for the holiday brought to mind a tip/tool that doesn't really have anything to do with food.

It has to do with the attitude that brought the holiday in being in the first place.

It is the attitude of gratitude. Being thankful for what we have and are blessed with.

I think that in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this is a component that is forgotten even though this is the focus for Thanksgiving.

I know it is a tradition to go around the table to name one thing that a person is thankful for.

Tip number 2

2. Instead of waiting for Thanksgiving to come, do this tradition of mentioning one thing that

you are thankful for:

Get a notebook - doesn't have to be a fancy one, a spiral bound notebook will work just fine. Or if

you are a computer person, it is okay to create a file on the computer for tip number 2.

Either at the beginning of the day or at the end of your day, take 5 minutes to write down, or

type, 5 things that you are thankful to have in your life.

This will help to develop what is called an attitude of gratitude.

It takes practice to do this. So getting a start before the actual holiday of Thanksgiving arrives is good.

Pear Salad


4 |

Serving Size:

1 and 1/4 cups


4 cups mixed baby lettuce, washed and chopped

1/4 cup quartered dried figs

1/4 cup dried raisins and cranberries

1 pear, cored and sliced

Balsamic vinegar to taste

Drizzle of olive oil

Black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon toasted almond slices

Mix the lettuce with the figs, dried fruit, pear, vinegar,

oil, and pepper. Place on plates and top with toasted al



This recipe serves 4. Each 1 and 1/4 cup serving contains

108 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg

cholesterol, 11 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber,

15 g sugars, and 2 g protein.

Each serving also has 42% DV vitamin A, 5% DV vitamin C, 4% DV calcium, and 5% DV iron.

From Food and Health Communications website

It will change your perspective. Most people focus on what they don't have or what they wish they had.

It will foster the habit of thinking of the positive things in your life.

If you do have some moments or times when you are overwhelmed with feelings of negativity or bad experiences, you have a list of the 'haves' that you are thankful for.

Wishing you a thankful day and Best Health,


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