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Mountain West Wellness Health Tips, Issue #035
December 08, 2015

Toy Drive Reminder: It ends December 16th

We will have a drop box here at the office beginning mid-November for new and gently used toys. The complete “wish list” of needed toys will be available at the clinic, but the requests include bicycles, books, games & puzzles, toddler toys, dolls & Barbie’s, action figures, gifts for teenagers and backpacks filled with school supplies. The drop off deadline is Tuesday, December 14th.
To help out with this drive we have created a win-win situation to help everyone this season! We are asking for your support in the toy drive and we will pass the giving on to you and your family. Because you are very important to us and we greatly appreciate you recommending us to the people in your life we want to give you the opportunity to receive a gift as well.
Here is how it works:

1. You donate a toy to the drive and we will enter you in a drawing for a gift from our pool of wonderful gifts. The more toys you bring in, the more entries you will receive! There is everything from FREE office visits, massages, gift cards to local business, and more.

2. In exchange for your toy donation we will give you gifts cards to be used by anyone who is new to our clinic. You will receive one gift card per toy that you bring in. The gift card is valued at $100 and can be used to cover a first acupuncture treatment. The gift card will include a letter explaining it.

Next time you come in please bring the toys and the names and addresses of who you would like the gift cards to go to. You can also just drop them by during our regular business hours.
There is no limit to the number of gift cards that you can have sent and we will address the envelopes, provide the postage and mail them for you. You have the opportunity to help people that you care about for FREE and you are able to give a child in need a much appreciated gift. Please help us fulfill our purpose of helping as many people as we can get healthy, help your friends and family get healthy and help us support Toys for Tots. Happy Holidays!

5 Tips to Not Overeating This Holiday Season

We’ve always the heard the saying to enjoy everything in moderation, and that is definitely true when it comes to holiday foods. Don’t try to deprive yourself during the holidays, it most likely won’t go over well. Having an extra holiday treat here and there won’t kill you. You’re allowed to indulge a bit, just keep portions small when it comes to holiday desserts and make sure you limit how often you eat them. Going the whole season without any treats is cruel and will most likely end in binging later, so have your guilty pleasures, just keep them in moderation.

Watch the alcohol
The holidays are a time for celebration, which most likely means more alcohol. Not only does alcohol add on empty calories, but can also lead you to eating more while drinking. If you are at a gathering, limit yourself to one or two drinks to cut down on the unhealthy cravings you might be feeling afterward.

Focus on the protein
Protein-packed foods are a great way to fill up without adding a lot of sugar and empty carbohydrates. Pack your plate with low-fat meats like turkey and chicken. If you’re vegetarian, eat more of the tofu than the side dishes that are most likely to be sugar and carbohydrate heavy.

Fill up on the water
Don’t forget about water! The holidays are an easy time to drink more sugary beverages than normal. Substitute drinks for water, and drink a lot of it. Not only is water essential for your health, but drinking a glass before a meal can fill you up more as well, preventing you from overeating.

Take your time
Eating too fast is one of the easiest ways to overeat. When you don’t give your body the chance to digest food and feel full before you stop eating, chances are you’re going to end up eating more than you want. Eat slowly and enjoy each bite to give your body a chance to catch up. This way, you’ll end up getting full faster and eat less.

Most of all don’t forget to enjoy the holidays and the delicious food that comes with it, don’t be afraid to indulge a little!

7 Steps to Detoxing After the Holidays

Get rid of leftovers
The holidays bring delicious homemade food, and along with that come the leftovers. Holiday leftovers can be just as good as when you cook the meal the first time and become a tempting go-to snack. Time to let go. Toss the leftovers, they most likely aren’t the healthiest dishes and it’s time to start fresh.  

Stay hydrated
Most Americans do not drink enough water, and there is no better time to start than now! Fill up your glass at least 8 times a day. Some find it easier to carry a water bottle throughout the day to remind yourself to keep hydrated. Staying hydrated can flush out toxins and detox your body, as well as keeping you feeling good.

Hit the gym
Sweating is another great way to flush out toxins. Exercise has many health benefits long term and short term. Find just 30 minutes a day to get some form of exercise, whether it’s going on a run, yoga or simply going for a walk. Getting your body moving is important for your metabolism as well as overall health.

Ditch the sugar
The holidays are a notorious time that the sugar intake starts ramping up. Now that they are over, it’s time to remove added sugar to your diet. Limit how often you eat dessert and when you do, eat in moderation. Replace sugary foods with natural sweet foods like fruit. Fruit can fix your sweet tooth and also give you a boost of vitamins.

Drink green tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants and nutrients to help your body get back on track. It is one of the healthiest beverages you could choose, it can act as a replacement for coffee, lower your risk of cancer and protect your brain as you age.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine believe in addressing the body as a whole when illness arises or the body is run down. Because of this, acupuncture treatment works by returning the body back to balance and restoring its natural energy. Certain acupuncture points can detoxify important organs like the kidneys, colon, lungs, liver and skin.  

Don’t forget to relax and give yourself some downtime. The holidays are hectic and stressful, which can lead to bad habits and bad eating. Give yourself some time now that they are over to relax. Find activities you enjoy and make sure you make time for them every week. Detoxing is not just for improving your body physically, but mentally as well.

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Jack, Kim, and Lynn

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