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Thanksgiving may be behind us, but we are still entering the major holiday season… or the major stress season for some. The holidays are stressful for many during a normal year, but couple that with shipping delays, shortages, and inflation, many people may be finding it hard to cope this year.


So how can you better deal with your holiday stress? Experts suggest the following:

  • Talk with your family and find out what holiday traditions mean the most to them and focus on those activities and not ALL of the holiday activities.
  • Make a holiday schedule and invite your family members to help you keep on that schedule.
  • Make it a proactive event to find out what worked and what didn’t from year to year.

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Label reading and label awareness is especially important for those who follow a vegan diet. This is also very important to those who have animal-specific allergies. The Vegan Society suggests that everyone read labels and re-read labels, as over time ingredients of even your favorite foods may change. 

There is a difference between vegan products and “free-from” products, so being food conscious is extremely important for those who follow a vegan lifestyle. 

So, what do vegans eat? (Besides the obvious vegetables!) 

Essentially, vegans eat everything and anything that comes from plants: fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, grains, seeds, and pulses. 

What about eating out as a vegan? 

Any chef worth their salt will be able to rustle up something vegan for you from ingredients they already have in the kitchen - and if you ask nicely, many will rise to the challenge of creating tasty vegan mains and decadent desserts. Contact them in advance so they’re not put on the spot. Be prepared to help them out with suggestions of easy vegan meals – some chefs need a little nudge to realize just how many of the delicious ingredients they use happen to be vegan anyway. 

Another thing that vegans need to do is find dairy replacements. Most stores these days offer “dairy-free” and vegan cheese, milk, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream and other foods that are safe to consume and in fact, tasty as their non-vegan counterparts.

Back in November 1944, founding members of The Vegan Society first coined the term “vegan” and for the past 80 years every November they celebrate World Vegan Month.

So this month we take a look into the culture of Veganism and talk about some of the ins and outs of this movement that has gained popularity over the past 80 years.

What is Veganism?

According to the Vegan Society, it is defined as “Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude - as far as is possible and practicable - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

Those at the Vegan Society stress that veganism is not just about diet, but also a way of life. For example, vegans will not wear leather or suede and they will not use beauty products whose ingredients are derived from animals. 

When people follow a vegan diet, they often eat more fruits and vegetables and enjoy meals that contain more fiber and are lower in saturated fats. 

A vegan diet thrives off the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin B 12
  • Protein
  • Omega 3 Fats
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Vitamins K and A


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When people start to consider weight management, experts will say that healthy eating is just as important as fitness.

With the largest meal that many will indulge in this year looming right around the corner, here are some ways that you can “trim the fat” from your Thanksgiving meal this year. 

  • Get enough sleep before the holiday. More and more studies have shown that sleep can impact hormone levels that control hunger and fullness. If you don’t get enough sleep, there is a higher chance of overeating and increased cravings.
  • Don’t arrive hungry to dinner. Eat a light meal earlier in the day, incorporating protein and healthy fats, to help you feeling fuller longer which will help with overindulging later on when the full meal is ready.
  • Follow the 50/25/25 rule. This rule created by the USDA suggested that you divide your plate with 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% protein and 25% grains, preferably whole grains.
  • Limit your liquid calories. Don’t waste your calories on sugary beverages and excessive alcohol. Stay hydrated with water throughout your meal and stick to one or two glasses of wine.
  • Keep your vegetables simple if you are the one making the food. Ditch the “candied” or butter-laden vegetables and opt for some steamed varieties instead.
  • Enjoy the company. Oftentimes if you are busy talking and catching up with loved ones, you won’t have time to overeat and overindulge.


For most people, Thanksgiving Day is a day of family, football, and FOOD. But, this year, you can also kick off your day with another F word…


Before you head off to that Turkey Trot, Turkey Bowl game or leave home to enjoy that delicious holiday meal, we offer this quick and easy “Gobble til you Wobble” workout.

Complete these exercises and then head off to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

The “Gobble til you Wobble” Workout 

  1. 60-second jog in place
  2. 30 alternating walking lunges
  3. 10 jump squats
  4. 15 burpees
  5. 60-second high knees
  6. 20 push-ups
  7. 30 bicycle crunches
  8. 30 calf raises
  9. 60-second scissor kicks
  10. 20 sumo squats
  11. 60-second plank

REPEAT. For the full workout, do all 11 steps three times. Modify as necessary.