Culpeper Times • December 13-19, 2018
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VIEWS Tips to have a healthy holidy season HEALTH AND WELLNESS
It’s hard to believe that it is already the holiday season and that 2019 is right around the corner. What a delightful, busy and, for many, complicated time of the year! Once Thanksgiving arrives, the events, parties and gatherings begin. There is so much fun to be had and even more eating to be done. It seems like food is everywhere…candy, fudge, cakes, dips, finger foods, casseroles and more. For me, it becomes almost impossible to get through a day without indulging in food I can easily pass up any other time of the year. I recently asked Jena Savadsky Griffith, RDN, nutritionist at Powell Wellness Center, for suggestions about how to eat my way through the season without shame and the addition of a whole lot of extra weight. Jena reminded me of several good tips that I’ve heard before:
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The members of Team Jordan would like to thank everyone who contributed to our recent fundraiser on Nov. 28, 2018. Team Jordan, in collaboration with Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, is a suicide prevention coalition committed to providing resources to those most at risk and also to those in need of immediate help. Team Jordan and RRCS provides additional assistance to survivors with individual or group support. Because of the generosity of many
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• Make a tasty, healthy dish to share at potlucks. • Don’t skip meals in order to save calories or space for a big eating event. • Use small plates and start with veggies when offered lots of food choices at a buffet or party. • Be mindful of medical conditions or allergies and eat accordingly; don’t be tempted to eat things that could compromise your health. But my real question to Jena was, “How do I make relatively healthy choices without feeling like I’m depriving myself of all the good food that is surrounding me?”. Jena suggested the following: • Eat some light, healthy snacks before going to a party or event. You’ll make better choices if you aren’t starving when you arrive. • Celebrate with foods that are naturally sweet and in season like pumpkin, squash, and cranberries which are readily available and can satisfy your craving for sweets. Enjoy the flavors of butternut squash or sweet potatoes or make a creative dessert like figs stuffed with nuts. • Eat mindfully. Choose your
real indulgences consciously (for me that will be pecan pie!). Enjoy every bite and eat it slowly. When we eat mindfully, we naturally eat less and feel more satisfied. • Don’t stand near food tables at a party. Stand far enough away that you need to think before you refill your plate with all the tempting goodies. • Be nourished by the people you are with. Instead of focusing on the food, spend time reconnecting with old friends, getting to know someone new or go out of your way to include others in a conversation. Nourishment comes in many forms and sharing time with friends and family is a most meaningful way to nourish yourself. I’ll be keeping Jena’s suggestions in mind over the next several weeks and hope you might find them helpful as well. From all of us at Culpeper Wellness Foundation, we wish you good health and much happiness during this holiday season..
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local businesses and individuals, this latest fundraising effort generated in excess of $33,000 that will be used to further our outreach efforts and educate our community about reducing the risk of suicide. Your donations of time, monetary gifts, purchase of raffle tickets, and other contributions mean Team Jordan and RRCS can teach more people how to better recognize someone at risk, to learn where to get help, and to offer the vital support surviving loved ones and friends need. Team Jordan also supports local youth groups working to strengthen children who are vulnerable to pressure, building their confidence and self-worth.
The community support and attendance of this year’s fundraiser was bigger than ever. We thank you and commend you for caring. There is nothing greater that one can do than to contribute to a community’s well-being, and your very generous help will certainly be felt by those who need it, when they need it most. And if you were not able to join us on Nov. 28, there’s always next year -or you can contribute anytime by sending your donation to Team Jordan, PO Box 773, Culpeper, VA 22701.
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