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Thanksgiving Karma

With Thanksgiving right around the corner we all have two important things on our minds; the dinner and burning the calories.


Thanksgiving Karma

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for abundance. The first Thanksgiving was a coming together of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest. But it is not as we were told. The Pilgrims were celebrating the first harvest in the new land and decide to add game to the meal. Several hunters began to shoot. The Chief of the Wampanoag heard the shooting and thought the colonist were being attacked. So he took his men and went to their aid. When he arrived the colonists were so grateful for his caring about their welfare that they invited him and his tribe to feast with them. The problem was that there was not enough food to feed all the Indians and the Pilgrims. So the Chief sent back to his camp for venison which his Indians had secured for the winter and had it brought to the feast where they roasted the meat and every one ate. Thanksgiving Karma – extend out a hand of gratitude and a hand of gratitude will come back to you.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your Thanksgiving karma in line.

ENJOY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER! Yes. That’s right – enjoy the meal.

We all know the shoulds and the should nots when it come to the Thanksgiving feast. We know what to go light on and what to pile on the plate. However, a little indulgence once in a while is good for the body, the mind and the soul. As yogis say – you only live once with this karma. Now so you don’t feel guilty about indulging here are a few easy health tips to keep your karma weight in balance.

LINE DANCE - After the meal put on some music and suggest a family/friends line dance around the house. May sound corny, but it will make everyone laugh and move and both of these burn calories! So line-up, laugh and move.

Now if that doesn’t work for you…

One half hour (that’s just 30 minutes!) of brisk walking will burn an extra 100+ calories. Not only does walking burn calories, but it also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the sunlight you get will help your body make vitamin D which is needed for strong bones and good health.

After the meal get up and take a walk with a family member or friend and spend some quality time chatting. Thanksgiving is not only about the meal. It is about giving thanks for all the goodness that exists in your life. It’s a time to put aside conflict, strife and work and enjoy your family and friends.

And of course you can always do a little yoga dance with me; Doctor Lynn’s Anti-Aging Yoga Dance!

AND ONE LAST TIP - Increase metabolism naturally                       

Ok, so the holidays are coming and you want a natural way to increase your metabolism, right? Well you’ve heard green tea will do it. But did you know adding a little mustard to your diet can increase metabolism? It’s called the thermo genetic effect. When we add certain foods to our diet we can increase our metabolism because these foods literally heat up the body, improve circulation and require energy to digest them. Lean protein (turkey) is the best thermo genetic food as it takes a lot of work to digest protein, thus burning more calories. When we add mustard it increases the thermo genetic effect. Mustard is low in calories so that makes it a good dressing and spread for lean meats such as turkey. An added benefit is that mustard seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which also helps to increase metabolism and improve both heart and brain functioning. Now the addition of foods such as lean protein, mustard, hot peppers and green tea won’t do it alone. We can’t look to one thing to be the “magic bullet” But when it comes to your health every little bit adds up to a whole lot.

So indulge and enjoy the day, and then get up and burn because when it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner karma it all boils down to calories in and calories out! You reap what you sow.

Happy Thanksgiving Karma - Doctor Lynn

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