Seasoned with Thanks!


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As we find ourselves back into the holiday season with the start of Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to think about what we feed our mind, not just our bodies.  Thanksgiving is a celebration born out of appreciation for the abundance of the harvest. As it turns out, we now know that giving thanks is good for our health.  More researchers are turning their attention to the study of gratitude and its relationship to health and mental well-being.

  • People who keep weekly gratitude journals tend to exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms and feel better about their lives compared to those who keep journals recording events of their lives.
  • Daily practice or focus on gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality.
  • Grateful people, in general report lower levels of depression and stress although they don’t deny the negative aspects of life.
  • New research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits reducing the onset of coronary artery disease.

Get a journal or find a place to get track of 5 things you are grateful for each night before sleep.  Remember simple things like: the warmth of your bed, the clothes on your back or waking up each day—these are things to be grateful for.  Studies show the more you do it, the better you get at appreciating life as your day unfolds.


Simply Easy Tip: 

Research suggests saying a short prayer/blessing or taking a few breaths before eating can improve digestion.


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Simply Delicious: Coconut Roasted Sweet Potatoes


2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon grated lime zest


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with lime zest.




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