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Superstitious? New Years Day Foods and Traditions That Will Bring Good Fortune!

What you do News Years day , you will do all year-While most of these superstitions and traditions are meant to usher in good luck while keeping bad luck at bay, what you do can reflect how you’ll live in the coming year. Recovering from a big party the night before? Your year will likely include being surrounded by friends and good times. Motivating to work out on New Year’s Day? Well look who might just drop 10lbs in the new year. Cleaning and organizing around the house? Sounds like a year full of getting things done. Sleeping the day away? Maybe you won’t be getting too much done in the new year.

Throughout the ages and in every culture, there are customs and superstitions linked to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. In this country, bubbles are considered good luck, so imbibers toast the new year with champagne. A piece of gold jewelry placed in your glass supposedly promises wealth, so many pack a bauble. Those we kiss at mignight are destined to remain close to us throughout the year–so place those kisses wisely. And we make noise at midnight–lots of it–allegedly to chase away evil spirits.

For many, January 1 offers an opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. But instead of leaving everything up to fate, why not enjoy a meal to increase your good fortune? There are a variety of foods that are believed to be lucky and to improve the odds that next year will be a great one. Traditions vary from culture to culture, but there are striking similarities in what’s consumed in different pockets of the world: The six major categories of auspicious foods are grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes.

 

Food superstitions abound as well, and many are rooted in the South.

• Grapes – 12 of them, one for every month of the year
• Pork –  The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving. It signifies wealth, progress and prosperity. Maybe not so lucky for the pig, eh? Click on this link for a fried pork chop recipe
• Black eyed peas –include beans, peas, and lentils symbolic of money. Their small, seed like appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.  In the Southern United States, it’s traditional to eat black-eyed peas or cowpeas in a dish called hoppin’ john. There are even those who believe in eating one pea for every day in the new year. This all traces back to the legend that during the Civil War, the town of Vicksburg ran out of food while under attack. The residents fortunately discovered black-eyed peas and the legume was thereafter considered lucky.       Click on this link for a tasty good luck recipe that’s quite tasty and gets you your black-eyed peas and pork all in one meal
• Greens such as collard greens, chard, cabbage and kale – the folds of the greens resemble money and bringing in wealth. It’s widely believed that the more greens one eats the larger one’s fortune next year. Click on this link for a fantastic southern collard green recipe

Fish: Fish is a very logical choice for the New Year’s table. According to Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, cod has been a popular feast food since the Middle Ages. He compares it to turkey on Thanksgiving. The reason? Long before refrigeration and modern transportation, cod could be preserved and transported allowing it to reach the Mediterranean and even as far as North Africa and the Caribbean. Some people have been known to place a few fish scales in their wallets for good luck. Click on this link for a wonderful cod recipe

 

Corn Bread- Eating anything yellow is good luck as well, as yellow is the color of gold. click here for a great cornbread recipe

Cakes- In certain  cultures,  it’s  customary to  hide  a  special trinket or  coin  inside  the  cake. —the recipient  will  be lucky  in the  new year. Sweden and  Norway have similar rituals in which they hide  a whole  almond  in  rice pudding— whoever  gets  the nut is  guaranteed great    fortune in the new year.

Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and pork) is consumed all over the South on Jan. 1, and is usually served over rice, another food that symbolizes abundance because it swells as it is cooked.
Another tradition holds that counting the number of peas predicts the amount of luck that one will have in the coming year (one pea = one day), so I suppose the optimum serving on New Year’s Day is 365 black-eyed peas. (You know, all of the sudden Jan. 2 doesn’t sound so lucky.)

Hoppin’ John recipe

Conversely, it’s considered bad luck to eat crab or lobster on New Year’s Day, as they move sideways, and no bottom-dwellers either, like catfish, or you may become a bottom-feeder as well. But other fish are OK, because they swim forward. Now it’s very bad luck to eat chicken or turkey, because they scratch backward for food, so anyone consuming this type of poultry is destined to “scratch in the dirt” for food in the upcoming year. Oh, and any kind of beef is out as well, as cows eat standing still, and no one wants to do that.

In this country, we may write down our regrets and toss them into the fire. We might even open the windows and doors at midnight to let the old year escape. In South America, though, they wear red underwear (to catch a mate) or yellow underwear (for prosperity) and some believe better luck is achieved if one wears the underwear backwards. And if it has circles or polka dots on it, all the better, as this symbolizes–you guessed it, coins. On the first day of the year, citizens are encouraged not to work, as that is considered bad luck. It is also bad luck to start off the year doing laundry, or a family member may be washed away.

Makes perfect sense to me. I plan to honor most of these traditions . I will have all the foods needed to bring me my good fortune. I can’t take any chances with my blogging  and newly soon to be published book that will come out in the Spring. A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s Booty.   Now where is my yellow polka dot underwear?  I will put them on backwards.

What Not to Eat

In addition to the aforementioned lucky foods, there are also a few to avoid. Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away. Beef because the cow stands still.

Now that you know what NOT to eat, there’s one more superstition—that is, guideline—to keep in mind. In Germany, it’s customary to leave a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year. Likewise in the Philippines, it’s important to have food on the table at midnight.

 

18 New Years Superstitions!

  1. Eating black-eyed peas and greens, I remember this one the most from other years and I remember eating them. Eating them brings good luck and financial prosperity. You are to eat the peas with greens for prosperity. The peas represent good luck and the greens represent money.Other “lucky” foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork). Another oft-repeated belief holds that one must not eat chicken or turkey on the first day of the year lest, like the birds in question, diners fate themselves to scratch in the dirt all year for their dinner (that is, bring poverty upon themselves).
  2. Nothing goes out of the house, or you will be losing things during the upcoming year. Don’t take out the trash or food or anything, if your trash needs emptying, do it before midnight or on January 2nd. If you have food or anything to take somewhere on New Years day, have it outside or at their house already.
  3. Kissing at midnight. Kiss someone dear to you at midnight, this will ensure affection for the next 12 months. If you happen to be alone at midnight, kissing the dog or cat would certainly work.
  4. Don’t cry, don’t cry on New Years day, this could bring unhappiness for the next year. So don’t cry even if your favorite team loses in a bowl game. Be upbeat and happy as well.
  5. Don’t wash clothes. The dirty clothes can wait until January 2nd. Some super-cautious won’t even wash the dishes on New Years day, I need to go and find the paper plates now.
  6. No bare cupboards, fill up the cupboards before New Years day, otherwise that could be the way of the New Year.
  7. Money, don’t lend money or precious items and don’t pay back loans either. To do so means you will be paying out money all year long. Also fill all of your wallets with money since that ensures prosperity for the New Year.
  8. Open the doors at midnight as this will let out all the bad from the previous year. Now that’s an easy one to do unless its 30 below out, this will let out the bad before the good can come in on New Years day.
  9. Loud noises, make some noise. This will scare away the evil spirits from entering your life in the next year. I like this one, it makes sense and it’s fun but you need to be careful though since too much loud noise and the cops might show up, and that might not be good for the New Year. Maybe just one yell and two firecrackers.
  10. Don’t break anything, you should try very hard to not break anything, especially a mirror, as that could be doubly bad as breaking a mirror on any other day, so try not to break anything. And this is another good reason not to do the dishes on New Years Day.
  11. Work, try and do something work related on New Years Day, just a token or small amount of work, if you do too much work related stuff, then it might not be so good. This one is only for those who have the day off, I wouldn’t think fireman and others would care for this superstition.
  12. First person entering your home, this superstition is about how the first person who enters your home in the New Year will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally this person should be tall, dark and good looking. and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don’t let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold.                                                                                                             The first footer (sometimes called the “Lucky Bird”) should knock and be let in rather than unceremoniously use a key, even if he is one of the householders. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives — the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in rather than striking out. First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle. Nothing prevents the cagey householder from stationing a dark-haired man outside the home just before midnight to ensure the speedy arrival of a suitable first footer as soon as the chimes sound. If one of the partygoers is recruited for this purpose, impress upon him the need to slip out quietly just prior to the witching hour.
  13. Which way the wind blows, there isn’t a lot we can do about the weather, but superstition holds that if the wind is out of the South there will be prosperous times ahead. The wind out of the East means famine and calamities and out of the North means a bad year for weather. A little odd but out of the West means plenty of milk and fish. Calm winds means a prosperous and joyful year for all, that’s just great since I just read there is a high wind warning for my area.
  14. New Clothes:   Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow.
  15. Born on January 1:   Babies born on this day will always have luck on their side.
  16. Fireworks- Fireworks, cheering, singing and noisemakers on New Year’s Eve are believed to scare away evil spirits. Do we really need an excuse to set off fireworks? Probably not. But we’ll take this opportunity to light the sky (and maybe the grass in our neighbor’s yard). Music and singing are a part of most celebrations and I’m pretty sure the 20 people doing a poor job of singing “Don’t Stop Believing” at 1AM aren’t concerned with keeping evil away in the new year.
  17. Making Resolutions- Many believe the first day of the New Year should be spent thinking about the past year and resolving to improve oneself in the coming year. And while the media recycles old stories about quitting smoking or getting out of debt and your parents use new year’s resolutions as a guilt-inducing tactic to get you to move out of their basement or pay back what you owe them not all resolutions have to be a life-altering ordeal. Resolve small in the New Year and you’ll feel good that you got something accomplished.
  18. Don’t eat lobster -they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks
  19. Don’t eat chicken-  the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.
  20. Don’t eat beef- because the cow stands still and so will you.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism ,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

 

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  3. http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-new-years-traditions-superstitions.php

 

28 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Hypothyroidism

 

I’ve been do my best to manage my hypothyroidism for years. After tons of research. Here is a list of 28 ways you can boost your energy and fight back against hypothyroidism when it flares up!  Most common 16 symptoms of having hypothyroidism is:

16 symptoms of hypothyroid

  1. Fatigue
  2. Increased sensitivity to cold
  3. Constipation
  4. Dry skin
  5. Unexplained weight gain
  6. Puffy face
  7. Hoarseness
  8. Muscle weakness
  9. Elevated blood cholesterol level
  10. Muscle aches and pain
  11. Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  12. Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  13. Thinning hair
  14. Slower heart rate
  15. Depressed mood
  16. Impaired memory

Ways on how you can start to  manage your life with Hypothyroidism when a flares up :

  • Eat a Clean, Balanced Diet
  • Manage Your Stress
  • Drinking organic green juices.
  • Cooking all cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and not eating them raw, which can effect and slow your thyroid.
  • Remove sugar, gluten and alcohol from your lifestyle.
  • Drink green Matcha tea.
  • Daily walks , meditation and yoga.
  • Take Epsom salt baths.
  • Finding a balance with Selenium/Zinc in my body to support my thyroid.
  • Removing parabens from all beauty products including makeup, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, sunscreen, dish soap, etc.
  • Using organic dyer sheets and organic laundry soap from Seventh Generation.
  • Using organic cotton shower curtains, towels and sheets.
  • Using steam saunas weekly to help detox and assist with auto-immune symptoms.
  • Reading all labels-making sure you stay away from Soy products
  • Maintaining a  Healthy Body Weight
  • Whole Food Supplements
  • Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Limit your caffeine
  • No smoking
  • Keep Your Blood Sugar Balanced
  • Add Vitamin B12, probiotics,  ample omega-3 fatty acids
  • Get plenty of sunlight to optimize your vitamin D levels and take 1000-2000IU daily of Vitamin D3
  • Lift weights
  • Make sure your medication dose is correct
  • drink more water
  • take a nap
  • Use organic coconut oil in your cooking
  • Adding chlorella, parsley, or cilantro to your daily smoothie to help your body detoxify from chemical exposures (petrochemicals, PCBs, pesticides, and mercury).

 

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New year, New you. Detoxify, Alkalize and Energize your Body.

 

The standard American diet is highly acid-forming, overwhelming our body’s mechanisms for removing excess acid. The staples of the American diet are meat, dairy, corn, wheat, and refined sugars (all acidifying foods). At the same time, the diet is notably deficient in alkalizing fruits and vegetables.

Detoxing and Weight Loss

You’ll likely lose some weight when you detox, and if you’re trying to lose weight it’s recommended to detox first in order to give yourself the best chance of success. Your body will be able to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat better, and you’ll be able to draw a distinction between your old ways and your new ways with a Before Detox and After Detox separation.

The alkaline diet greatly reduces this acid load, helping to reduce the strain on the body’s acid-detoxification systems, such as the kidneys.

1. Hydration

Hydration Action Steps
– Drink 6-18 cups of water each day. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
– Drink lemon water: 2 cups of lukewarm, filtered water with freshly-squeezed juice from 1/4 lemon. It helps cleanse the digestive system, ignite your metabolism and buffer excess acids.

2. Go Green!
The alkaline diet is also about alkaline foods. There is conflicting information on the Internet about which foods are alkaline and which are acid-forming. This simple rule covers 90 percent of foods:

Alkaline foods are those you already know are good for you: fresh vegetables, salads, leafy greens, low-sugar fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy oils; unrefined, organic, high-water-content foods.

And acidic foods are those you already know are bad for you: refined foods, fast foods, trans-fats, meat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, white bread, white pasta and rice, condiments, alcohol, chocolate, chips, ice cream and pizza.

Aim for a ratio of 80/20: Consume 80 percent alkaline foods to 20 percent acidic foods.

Examples of Alkalizing Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach

  • Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
  • Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
  • Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt
  1. Draft beer (most neutral)
  2. Honey
  3. Asparagus
  4. Margarine
  5. White wine
  6. Broccoli
  7. Marmalade
  8. Mineral water
  9. Watermelon
  10. Apples
  11. Red wine
  12. Zucchini
  13. Hazelnuts
  14. Green beans
  15. Tomatoes
  16. Cherries
  17. Radishes
  18. Cauliflower
  19. Potatoes
  20. Apricots
  21. Carrots
  22. Celery
  23. Bananas
  24. Spinach
  25. Raisins (most alkaline-promoting)
  26. green tea

 

5 day dinner plan with recipes! The 5 day menu plan is only a suggestion with examples of recipes to show you have super easy this can be.  You can stick with one smoothie  everyday or switch it up. If you were to buy the entire menu it would cost you a arm and a leg. I am only giving you idea’s of what you can eat. Your in control,  have fun and enjoy it.

Day 1

Breakfast
Omega 3, cage free Eggs (acid-promoting) scrambled with organic spinach (alkaline) served with half a grapefruit (alkaline).

Lunch
Organic Salad greens (alkaline) served with slices of roasted turkey meat (acid-promoting) dressed with a chunky, homemade avocado-lemon dressing (alkaline).

Dinner
Salmon patty (low acid-promoting) on half a whole-wheat bun (acid-promoting) served with stir-fried veggies (alkaline).

Day 2

Breakfast

Breakfast— Gluten free Steel cut oats with blueberries (fresh or frozen), toasted walnuts, organic butter, organic whole milk or rice milk and a soft-boiled egg

Snack—1 orange, sliced with ¼ avocado, diced, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar

Lunch—White Bean Stew* and 1 apple

Snack—Handful of tropical trail mix: toasted nuts, dried coconut, dried apricot pieces, dried mango

Dinner—3-4 oz. roasted chicken

¾ cup roasted sliced sweet potatoes & parsnips

Roasted Brussels sprouts with roasted red peppers

Simple green salad with oil and vinegar

Day 3

Breakfast—1 cup seasonal fruit salad

¼ cup organic, full-fat plain yogurt

1 tsp ground flax seeds

1 poached or soft-boiled egg with sautéed spinach

Snack—1 pear

Handful of raw pumpkin seeds

Lunch—Apple, celery, and cucumber mixed green salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette*

1 Bowl of tomato soup

Snack—Celery with 1 tsp almond butter

½ baked sweet potato with organic butter and cinnamon

Beets and greens*

Dinner—4 oz. oven-roasted salmon, roasted Brussel sprouts and

Day 4

Breakfast

All-About-the-Berries Detox  Smoothie ( recipe @ bottom of page)

Snack-

1/2 cup pineapple

Lunch-

Simple salad

chick peas, tomatoes, fresh broccoli, orange bell pepper, romaine lettuce and cucumbers

snack-

1/2 grapefruit

lunch- Apple, celery, and cucumber mixed green salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette*

1 Bowl of asparagus soup

Dinner –

3-4 oz. roasted chicken

¾ cup roasted sliced sweet potatoes & parsnips

Roasted Brussels sprouts with roasted red peppers

Simple green salad with oil and vinegar

Day 5

Kale-It-Up  Detox Smoothie ( recipe @ bottom of page)

snack-

lunch- Cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and avocado salad with balsamic vinaigrette

snack-  celery with almond butter

Dinner-  Cabbage soup

 

 

 

 

 

A study published in Cancer Research in 2009 confirmed that inhibition of tumor’s acidity reduced the number of metastasis in some cancers. A new study is underway at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, which will look specifically at the effects of sodium bicarbonate on breast cancer patients.

Lemons, too, help to balance the body’s pH. They have an alkaline effect on the body, despite their initial (citric) acidity. They contain limonoides which are phytochemicals and have anti-cancerous properties.

Vitamin C destroys free radicals, which damage our cells. An interesting thing about lemons is also that they act as an anti-microbial. Some researchers suggest that cancer is like a fungus, and should be treated in the same way, so lemons might be a powerful remedy.

Now put baking soda and lemons together, and you get a potentially powerful anti-cancer concoction. Also, lemons are a safe way to introduce high alkaline substances into the system.

If successful, this method destroys only cancer cells, while healthy cells are left alone. You can ingest the mix by drinking a glass of water with half a lemon and half a teaspoon of baking soda.

It is recommended to drink this mixture between meals, as if taken with food, it will reduce the effectiveness of the stomach’s acid and compromise digestion.

Beware, this method is not ideal for people with high-blood pressure because of the sodium content. Also, the taste will take some getting used to.

Beets and Greens

½ onion, sliced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2-3 peeled, shredded beets

Greens from beets

Sauté onion in olive oil.

Add peeled, shredded beets.

Stir, then add washed, chopped greens from the beet bunch.

Cover and simmer eight minutes.

Remove beets from pan, top with Orange-Mustard Vinaigrette*, and serve immediately.

 

Orange-Mustard Vinaigrette

Juice of 1 orange

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp mustard

Mix in a jar and shake well.

 

1 1/2 cups Berry Mix (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Turmeric
1 cup Purified Water
1/8 cup rolled oats

Instructions: Blend everything together until you reach a smoothie consistency. The beauty of berries is their easy prep. Fresh berries need a rinse before going in, while frozen you just pop right in. When detoxing organic produce is always recommend

Kale-It-Up  Detox Smoothie

1 handful Kale

1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 apple
1 cup Coconut Water

 

Instructions: If you use curly kale make sure you cut off the hard and stringy ribs that run down the middle of the leaf. Most blenders will have a tough time with these, and even if you use a professional grade blender it might still leave bits behind. We recommend baby kale, since you can just grab it and toss it in.

Ginger Spice  Detox Smoothie

What You Need

1 nub Ginger Root
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 handful Spinach
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: The more you mince the ginger before adding it in, the less bits you’ll have to crunch on once it’s all blended up.

Green and Clean Detox Smoothie

1/4 Cucumber
1/2 handful Spinach or Other Leafy Green
1/2 Avocado
1 Celery stalk
2 sprigs Fresh Mint
1 Kiwifruit

1 tsp Turmeric
1 cup Purified Water
1/2 of apple
Squirt of lemon

Instructions: Blend everything together in your blender. If you’re using organic cucumber (recommended) you can leave the peels on for added nutritional value.

Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar
(Makes 2 generous servings or 4 side-dish servings, recipe created by a reader named Lisa who lives on Maui.)

Ingredients:
3 small Persian cucumbers or garden cucumbers
1 cup diced tomato or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onion or thinly sliced sweet onion (or more)
1 avocado
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice (optional, for tossing with avocado)
about 1 T good-quality balsamic vinegar (I used Fini)
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, then slice into half-moon slices.  (I never peel Persian cucumbers, but if you use other cucumbers you might want to peel some of the skin off in stripes before you slice them.)  Dice tomatoes or cut cherry tomatoes in half to make one cup.  (Only make this salad when you have flavorful fresh tomatoes.)  Diagonally slice green onion or slice onion to make 1/4 cup, or more if you like onion.  Peel and cut up the avocado into small cubes.

 

Combine the cucumber, tomato, onion, and avocado in a plastic or glass bowl and gently toss together.  Add a small amount of balsamic vinegar, enough to barely coat the veggies, and toss again.  (I used about a tablespoon of vinegar, which was plenty.)  Season to taste with your favorite sea salt and plenty of fresh-ground black pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple really – it’s a quick and easy way to see how alkaline or acid you are. Many believe, the more acid is in the body – the weaker it will perform. Robert Young* lists fatigue, allergies, overweight & mood disorders as some of the most common problems of over acidity.

When to test your pH

It is recommended to test your body’s pH at different times of the day, first of all to get a more accurate average reading and also because the pH can naturally vary throughout the day. By keeping a track record, you can monitor your progress. Testing the pH of urine is more reliable than the pH of saliva, as it is more stable.

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The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

Resources:

Kicking Aniexty out the door

 

What we eat has everything to do with our well being. I’ve been to doctors, psychologists and counselors for my anxiety and panic disorder.   It is VERY frustrating trying to navigate doctors, testing and information out there that could help me. Only a small circle of friends know that I deal with this disorder on a daily basics.  Eating right has helped me get on the right path to recovery and living with my anxiety. It was very  embarrassing at times.  I am stronger than my mind but our mind -gut has a large connection. Have you ever heard that your gut is your second brain? Well,  it is! Anxiety is not in your head, it’s in your body! A little change in your diet can have a large impact on your health! So many of us feel overweight, unfit, overwhelmed and exhausted.  When you start to eat better, reduce your stress, and address any nutritional imbalances, you  will start to see an overall improvement  in  your  health and well being. I know your eager to get started! There is no one size fits all , we are all different and what I need might not be what you need.  Real food is the foundation of a good start, once you start eating better, you will start sleeping better, your skin will start looking better, you will have more energy and then you can  start building from that solid  foundation. Read, research and be the driver in your life for  your health.     Trudy Scott has really hit the mark on this book called The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings.

 

All though her book completely lays the foundation and insight down on how to conquer your anxiety her book doesn’t really go into a lot of detail when it comes to recipes. I am going to help guide you in that area. I’m a recipe guru as most of you know! I am currently writing a cookbook called, ” The Girlfriends Cookbook Guide to Kicking  Anxiety in the Booty”. This book will have ton’s of recipes, body solutions and mind over matter techniques to winning this battle with anxiety and panic disorder.

Click on this link to order your life changing book by Trudy Scott.

Another great book to read is by Julia Ross who is a psychotherapist and director of Recovery Systems, a clinic in California that treats mood, eating and addiction problems with nutrient therapy and biochemical re-balancing. She is one of the most successful and well-known names in nutrient therapy, and lectures at conferences and workshops around the world to share her work. Her first book, The Diet Cure, was an international bestseller.

click on this link to order your book The Mood Cure today

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Here in a nutshell is the supplemental strategy:

There are four major neurotransmitters:

Serotonin
Catecholamines (norepinephrine)
GABA
Endorphin

When we have deficiencies in any of these neurotransmitters, we start having emotional and mental problems.

Serotonin
Serotonin is the number one neurotransmitter deficiency. (That’s why it’s listed first.) It’s the feel-good chemical that makes us happy, hopeful, self-confident, and outgoing. It stops the worry and turns on enthusiasm.

Oh, and guess what is the number one enemy of serotonin? Caffeine. That’s right, caffeine depletes serotonin. So you might want to rethink that latte or cup of green tea.

Serotonin converts to melatonin as the sun goes down, so if you’re low in serotonin, you won’t be able to create enough melatonin — which means you won’t sleep well. If you suffer from insomnia, serotonin may help you.

Catecholamines
Catecholamines (the number two most common deficiency) are the brain chemicals that make us feel energized and give us the ability to concentrate. It’s caused by a deficiency in catecholamines. Need that cup of coffee to get going? You’re most likely low in catecholamines. And if you’re self-medicating with coffee or chocolate, you’re doing damage to your serotonin levels.

GABA
Stressed out? Can’t relax? You might be low in GABA, the third most common deficiency. GABA is a natural tranquilizer and muscle relaxer.

Endorphins
Most people know about endorphins from exercise — the “runner’s high.” Endorphins give us the ability to enjoy our lives and experience pleasure. When we are in pain, endorphins rush in to flush and flood us with pleasurable feelings.

Simply find out what deficiencies you have in descending order and treat accordingly with 5-HTP (Serotonin), DLPA or L-Tyrosine (Catecholamines), GABA (GABA), Exercise (Endorphins).

Note: if you’re like me and you mainly have the first two deficiencies (Serotonin & Catecholamines) you’ll want to kick the caffeine habit first since you’ll likely run into a whole host of problems while taking 5-htp and still drinking coffee, even if its small amounts. While you’re taking 5-htp it’s raising serotonin, but you’ll still be depleting your dopamine/norepinephrine supply, therefore still likely remaining somewhat depressed with little progress towards feeling better. Taking a good dose of DLPA (500-750mg) in the morning should allow you to stop drinking coffee (with little or no withdrawl) and also return your catecholamines to normal levels.

Order yours here Click on this link ( 5-HTP (Serotonin)

NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 120 VCaps

Order yours today click on the link L-Tyrosine (Catecholamines)

 

Now Foods L-Tyrosine 500mg, 120-Capsules

Order your DVD Here GABA (GABA), Exercise (Endorphins)

Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds Ultimate Collection

 

Did you know that a 1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds will give you 100% of your daily recommended dose of magnesium?

Here are a few recipes that will be in my upcoming E book. Are you excited?

 

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Red Curry Rice and Lentil Stew
This delicious, stick to your gut and fill you up stew. This hearty and flavorful stew is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp of red curry paste
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Amino’s
  • ½ cup Brown rice
  • ½ cup uncooked red lentils
  • 1⅓ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Celtic Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Instructions
    1. In a large sauce pan, cook the garlic, onion and ginger over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring.
    2. Add the carrots and red curry paste. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
    3. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, cover and lightly simmer for 20 minutes.
    4. Remove the lid and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes until everything is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
    5. For an extra zing add a dash of crushed red chili flakes
     You can also cook this in the you slow cooker . Do step 1 then add everything to your slow cooker. Allow to cook 4 hours on low or 3 on high.

slowcookerwildrice

Slow-Cooker Wild Rice with Cranberries and Mushrooms

Wild rice has a wonderfully gluten free nutty flavor and is actually considered an edible grass. Has twice as much protein as brown rice, very rich in antioxidants, high fiber content, essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and folate, Vitamins A, C and E. Wild rice could even turn out to be one of nature’s superfoods. In Chinese medicine wild rice is used as a treatment for diabetes for it might help to reduce insulin resistance.  White button mushrooms can help enhance weight loss and it’s a good source of vitamin D, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, excellent for diabetic’s, helps to protect your liver and kidneys, increases blood flow, helps normalize your cholesterol levels. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 and vitamin B3 (niacin), just enough to jump start that metabolism.  Dried cranberries has antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. Sounds like this dish is one of those must-eat for your health! Who knew being healthy can taste so good?

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice

1 tablespoon Ghee or coconut oil, melted

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ cup red onion, diced

2 cans (14 ounces each) vegetable broth

½ cup of white button mushrooms, diced

½ cup slivered almonds

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Rinse the wild rice in cold water in a mesh strainer.  Sauté the onions in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee. Mix all ingredients except almonds and cranberries. Cover with lid and allow to cook on low heat setting 5 hours until wild rice is tender. In ungreased cast iron skillet, heat almonds over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until they start to brown, once it begins to brown , keep stirring until golden brown and smelling wonderfully fragrant; Stir in almonds and cranberries into rice mixture. Cover and cook on low heat additional 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

 

 

references: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

 

Simple Morning Blood Pressure lowering tea

High blood pressure (BP), which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease, is becoming more and more prevalent in our stressful world. High Blood Pressure is in my genetics. My mother had a stroke from high blood pressure, although it was mild it still has stopped her from doing many things. Working, her right side is much weaker than her left, memory loss and daily medications.  Finding out that you have high blood pressure can make you feel isolated, scared and confused. Who wants to have to be on medication that can be costly plus the side effects?!Don’t worry , my friend ,  you are not alone: more than 16 million people have high blood pressure.  This is a simple tea that can help lower your blood pressure.  Hibiscus tea, Ceylon cinnamon & raw coconut oil. Why this combination you ask?

Earlier this year my husband was in the hospital for a week very sick. The doctors thought he had a stroke. I will never forget one doctor who I am very grateful to. He said, ” You didn’t hear this from me but put cinnamon in your coffee everyday, it’s been proven to help with reducing your blood pressure and to help people with diabetes”.

Cinnamon reduces blood pressure while balancing your blood glucose levels. it comes from the bark of trees. It has long been considered a medicinal plant. There are several varieties, harvested from southern China to Southeast Asia.

The most recent clinical study on blood pressure and cinnamon involved 59 subjects who had type-2 diabetes. They were randomized and either given 1,200 milligrams of cinnamon per day or a placebo. After twelve weeks, the cinnamon group’s systolic blood pressure reduced by 3.4 mmHg on average.

In another clinical study, 58 type-2 diabetics took either a placebo or 2 grams of cinnamon per day for twelve weeks. The cinnamon group’s average systolic blood pressure decreased by over 3 mmHg and their diastolic blood pressure reduced by 5 mmHg.

You can consume it in a variety of ways, the easiest of which is by simply adding freshly shaved cinnamon to the foods you eat each day. However, you could also take cinnamon supplements in the form of capsules or pills. Be sure it is derived from fresh cinnamon, not the powdered kind commonly sold in the spice section of the grocery store. This kind of cinnamon comes from the Cassia plant and contains Coumarin, which is toxic in large doses. When supplementing with this kind of cinnamon, you may place yourself at a higher risk of kidney or liver damage. To avoid this, buy the stick form of cinnamon, which usually comes from the Ceylon plant.

How much cassia is too much? For an adult who is sensitive to coumarin, the limit is about a teaspoon a day, according to the daily tolerable intake set by the European Food Safety Authority.

Cassia cinnamon is the variety you are most likely to purchase in a grocery store. But cassia can contain high levels of coumarin, a naturally occurring ingredient that, when eaten in large enough amounts, can cause reversible liver toxicity in a small group of individuals sensitive to it.

So if you’re a cinnamon lover and your goal is to increase your daily intake, using Ceylon cinnamon can reduce the risk of consuming too much coumarin.

Yes, my cinnamon bag looks very used. That’s because it is!

Order your Ceylon cinnamon today!

Hibiscus tea benefits, well known in traditional medicine for many years, range from its potent antioxidants and its ability to lower blood pressure.

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants, while also helping in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.

Hibiscus tea is an herbal tisane made from the dried, vibrantly colored calyces of the hibiscus flower.  Studies have shown that drinking as little as 2 to 3 cups of hibiscus tea from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower each day can lower your BP levels, working as effectively as some anti-hypertensive prescription medications (without the potential side effects).

Hibiscus flower tea is made from the dried calyces of the hibiscus flower. Calyces are known to contain high levels of antioxidants and, for good health, antioxidants are an essential part of our diets. They help to rid our bodies of free radicals (destructive molecules that can damage our cells and DNA) and protect us against chronic disease, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.

Antioxidants can also fight and prevent low-grade chronic inflammation, which research has linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, Crohn’s, PCOS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, infertility, premature aging, obesity, and many other health issues. By choosing foods and beverages that are high in antioxidants (like hibiscus tea), you can help reverse the inflammatory process in your body.  So why are you not drinking this tea today?

  • Boosts immune system
  • helps prevent cold and flu
  • beneficial for losing weight
  • used as a sports drink to satiate thirst
  • aids in blood pressure management
  • helps reduce anxiety and depression
  • aids in digestion and increase urination
  • helps to lower the bad LDL Cholesterol.
  • protects liver against infections and diseases
  • provides relief from cramps and menstrual pain
  • slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis.

 

Order your Hibiscus tea today!

Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought. It can improve your blood cholesterol levels.

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health.

Unrefined coconut oil actually improves blood lipid profiles. it can help you lose weight. Coconut oil is likely to turn into ketone bodies in the liver .Ketone bodies can provide energy for the brain. They are particularly useful against epilepsy and may also improve various other disorders. Coconut oil applied topically can also moisturize skin and protect against hair damage . Medium chain triglycerides (the fats in coconut oil) have also been shown to reduce blood triglycerides compared to long chain fats which means it protects against heart disease not the other way around.

Order your coconut oil today!

Warnings

Cinnamon is not without its side effects. For some people, suddenly increasing the amount of cinnamon they eat can cause gingivitis, flushing (the sudden rush of blood to the face, causing warmth), gastrointestinal upset and irritated lining of the mouth. Some people should not use cinnamon in any great quantity, especially those using blood thinners like aspirin, since the spice prevents clotting. Likewise, if you are pregnant, cinnamon can cause uterine problems. Additionally, if you have ulcers, do not take cinnamon as a supplement. As always, consult with your doctor before supplementing your diet with cinnamon.

Before you add hibiscus tea to your diet, be sure to check with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of this brew for you – especially if you have blood pressure concerns (high or low) or are taking any prescription medications , if  you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant . There is some evidence that certain types of hibiscus have emmenagogue effects (i.e. they stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, and encourage menstruation) and, as such, could potentially bring on a miscarriage.

 

 

REFERENCES:

Nasri H, Madihi Y, Marikhi A. Commentary on: Effects of Cinnamon Consumption on Glycemic Status, Lipid Profile and Body Composition in Type 2 Diabetic Patients. Int J Prev Med. 2013 May;4(5):618-9.

Akilen R, Pimlott Z, Tsiami A, Robinson N. Effect of short-term administration of cinnamon on blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Nutrition. 2013 Jul 15. doi:pii: S0899-9007(13)00191-3.

Wainstein J, Stern N, Heller S, Boaz M. Dietary cinnamon supplementation and changes in systolic blood pressure in subjects with type 2 diabetes. J Med Food. 2011 Dec;14(12):1505-10. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0300.

Akilen R, Tsiami A, Devendra D, Robinson N. Glycated haemoglobin and blood pressure-lowering effect of cinnamon in multi-ethnic Type 2 diabetic patients in the UK: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. Diabet Med. 2010 Oct;27(10):1159-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03079.x.

Magistrelli A, Chezem JC. Effect of ground cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose concentration in normal-weight and obese adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Nov;112(11):1806-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.07.037.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-211-hibiscus.aspx?activeingredientid=211&activeingredientname=hibiscus

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC444260/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10762277

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17651080

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/107/12/2206.long

Disclaimer The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

Christmas 2014

You put a lot of time and energy into finding that perfect gift for your loved ones, but shopping for grandparents isn’t always easy. That’s why I’ve put together this list of recommended products that will bring a smile to their face. Not to late to order for Christmas and get it shipped overnighted! Grandparents will love the thoughtfulness and practicality of these gifts.

As I was reading, I came across an article by Consumer Reports , that is clearly unrealistic in price and expectation’s from our loved ones. Our gifts should be thoughtful and come from the heart. Consumer reports recommends products that they say are sure to put a smile on a grandparents face this holiday season the price range is anywhere from

Kindle Paperwhite, $120

iClebo Arte YCR-M05, $450 (  robot vacuum cleaner)

Clear20 CWS100A Water Filter, $30

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Bagless UH70120, $130

Dyson AM09 Space Heater, $450

After reading this article , clearly the person wrote it has no clue or is insanely rich. The average person can’t afford this and the average grandparent wouldn’t expect their children to spend that kind of money on them.

Here is a list that Thehypothyroidismchick.com has thrown together.

 

Top  Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

#1 Nothing more warming than a smile, hug and saying “I love you”.

#2 Make a  coupon booklet to promise to visit more.

#3 Call more, just to hear their voice. Let them know your thinking about them.

#4  The Ultimate Photo Book
A photo album is nice, but a Blurb photo album is beyond. By downloading free easy-to-use software, you can create a professional-looking, bound photo book that blows the ones with cellophane sleeves out of the water. (Books start at $12.95, blurb.com)

 

#5 Good Side
Capture that wee profile in a customized silhouette Christmas ornament, one for each grandbaby. As the years go on, have fun trying to remember whose side view is whose. ($20, etsy.com)

#6 I Want to Hold Your Hand
Cozy-cute Smittens let you hold hands inside a mitten, perfect for snowy walks with a little one. ($35,  Order here from amazon.com)

Smittens Mittens for Couples Small/Large, Red

#7 A Little Birdie
Grandma’s nest is always full, so she’ll love this charm bracelet full of personalized birds for each grandchild. A great gift to go in on together! ($135, etsy.com)

 

# 8 Long-Distance Love
If there are many miles between you and your parents or in-laws, Skype is your new best friend. Give grandparents the opportunity to see your kids regularly on the computer with this fun, foolproof webcam. ($23.95, order today from amazon)

#9 On the Calendar

Photo Calendar
The new photo calendars from Minted, printed on high-quality textured paper, let you choose from a slew of gorgeous, modern styles, submitted by designers and chosen through user voting. ($29, minted.com)

 

#10 Hers and Hers
Gram’s specialty? Christmas cookies—and having the patience to tolerate spillage when baking with little kids. These ruffly aprons will save their outfits, if not the floor. ($19.99 order yours today from amazon.com )

Payviva 100% Cotton Fabric Material Three Tiered Ruffles With a Big Bow on the Pocket Kitchen Apron Pink Dots Color Kids and Mother

11. If one grandparent stays up reading, the nifty Lightwedge keeps the peace. It brightens the page but not the room. ($10.99, amazon.com)

12. A massage pillow

HoMedics Thera-P Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat

A massage pillow is a good gift for grandparents. It can calm grandparents from the stress of all the free baby-sitting, cooking and cleaning they do for their beloved children and grandchildren. Order your HoMedics Thera-P Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat today for only $44.99.

 

13. For the active and super-social grandparents, a membership to aerobics or other exercise classes could benefit them in many ways. Check out your local YMCA.

 

14. Custom Family Tree

Custom Family Tree

Honor your parents and their legacy with a beautiful, custom-typography family tree print.
Buy it from Lesley Grace Designs on Etsy, $60

 

15. Kodak Pulse Frame

Kodak Pulse Frame

This is by far one of the best gifts that I have ever given my mother.   With this digital frame, I can upload photos from my home in North Carolina, my sister can upload photos from her home in South Carolina, and within the hour they show up on the frame at my mother’s house at the beach. The only thing they had to do? Plug it in and connect it to their wireless network.
Get it from Amazon, $149.99

 

16. Grandparents Rock Mugs

Grandparents Rock Mugs

Deep down inside, grandma and grandpa dream of being admired and cheered on by the masses. Why not let them know how much they rock every morning when they drink their beverage of choice from these adorable mugs featuring either a grandma or grandpa being cheered on by hundreds of adoring fans (or perhaps a loyal and loving family)?
Get it from Uncommon Goods, $12 each

17. Blurb Book

Blurb Book

This was the Christmas gift of choice last year. My second baby turned one and I compiled the thousands of photos I took over the previous year into one big, brilliant, 200-page book. With dozens of choices and options for customization, Blurb books fit into any budget or lifestyle. With options to make books from Instagram photos, Facebook photos, the photos on your hard drive or a combination of all three, it’s never been easier to get printed photos into the hands of loved ones. From small paperback brag books to enormous hard cover coffee table books, Blurb makes making books super easy (and good-looking, too).
Get it from Blurb, from $3.95 (Average price between $40-$100)

 

18. Recordable Storybook

Recordable Storybook

Recordable storybooks have become a tradition in many families. This is one of those books that you can give as a gift now and receive the benefit yourself long after the holidays are over. Grandma can record wishes and stories for their grandchild and it can be listened to and enjoyed for years to come.
Order it from here for 29.95 today!

 

19. The Story of a Lifetime

The Story of a Lifetime

Another gift that is for them now, yet benefits generations of your family for years to come. Grandparents can fill out their own stories and tales in response to prompts and questions such as “What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were younger?” or “Explain your deepest values.” While many young children won’t recognize the importance and value of such wisdom now, years down the road as they become parents they will no doubt appreciate the words of their own grandparents recorded for posterity.
Order it from here for 38.07.

 

20. Photo Blanket

My Photos to Throw Customizable Photographic Throw Blanket

I know when I picture old age, it involves me in a very comfy chair with a very cozy blanket. Why not wrap those whom you love the most with the people who love them the most? Grandma and grandpa can leave it out over a chair as a great conversation piece when guests come over, and kids will love seeing their face on Meemaw and Pawpaw’s favorite blanket.
Get it from amazon for 69.99.

 

21.  For the Connected Tidy: PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

For the Connected Tidy: PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

The last thing you want is for your loved one to get sick but this easy-to-use smartphone sanitizer ($51.88) wipes away all of the germs.

Bonus:   Ultraviolet Light (UV) germicidal sanitizer

  • Charges most smartphones via built-in USB port; Fits smartphones up to 5.5-inches
  • Includes mini charging cables for iPhones (Lightning) and Android (micro USB)
  • Sterilization in just six minutes!
  • Also works with other small objects such as keys, MP3 players, Bluetooth earphones, etc

 

 

22.  For the Plant Lover: Succulent Arrangement Trio Kit

For the Plant Lover: Succulent Arrangement Trio Kit

Succulents are a beautiful way to bring fresh plants into the home and aren’t demanding to care for. The succulent terrariums ($58.50) include the rustic vessels and are a great project idea for kids and grandparents to assemble together.

 

23. UGG Australia Classic Leather Smart Glove

For the Instagramming Granny: Leather Tech Gloves

These gloves will keep grandma’s hands stylish and warm as she likes all of your Facebook photos during the winter. Order your UGG Australia Classic Leather Smart Glove today. 

 

 

 

24. Tumbleweed Pottery Pie Bird Pie Plate 

There’s nothing like spending those special moments in grandma’s kitchen, where she teaches you the secrets of her tender, flakey pie crust and shares recipes taken from handwritten 19th century cooking journals, Where you laugh, share  pie insults, pie superstitions and good old fashion  pie advice. Order your  Tumbleweed Pottery Pie Bird Pie Plate  today for only $23.18.

 

25. Himalayan salt crystal foot detox blocks

Set of 2 Ionic Himalayan Crystal Salt Foot Detox Blocks with Instructions

If your family member is a fan of natural health aides, the Himalyan salt crystal detox blocks from  amazon.com ($21.99 ) may be just what they’re looking for this holiday. By resting your feet on the blocks, the salt will supposedly help detox your body. The set also comes with a durable carry case.

 

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Christmas 2014