How to Thrive Through the Holidays – {Guest Post by Well: Integrative Health & Healing}

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A Very Tasty Thanksgiving

I am so excited for today’s post from my very good friend, April. April and I have been friends for a very long time, I think we met some time when I was in college, through our mutual friends Kris and Tim. Although April and I never get together as often as we’d both like, we are so fortunate that whenever we do have time for each other, we can always pick right up where we left off and the conversation is so amazing, time just falls away. I always walk away feeling so warm and cozy. Last year when I “threw my back out”, I drove out to Lewiston to see April to get some energy healing and quantum touch work done from her. It was incredible, something I had never experienced before and I felt instant relief. It is amazing what love and energy can do for our bodies on a variety of levels. Even in just 5 minutes spent with April you will feel her intuitive healing energy and nature. Beyond all of the usual friend conversations, we can always get together and talk about food and our believes. I really hope you enjoy this great post from April and look for more like it in the future, as well. April and I have been discussing at length, having her create an ongoing series of health coaching guest posts, so please leave your feedback below so we know there is an interest. Enjoy!

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How to Thrive through the Holidays
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 It’s an honor to be featured on Tasty Yummies today! Beth and I have been friends for a long time and we share a love of clean, healthy eating and cooking. I admire what she’s done with her blog and often find myself referring clients to it for ideas and recipes. To give you a little background about me, I am have been working as an Energy Healing Facilitator for the past five years am also a Holistic Health Coach. I truly believe that we all have an immeasurable healing ability within us and it is my goal to guide people to harness this capacity to create abundant health so that they can Thrive in their lives. By using energy and food along with aligning other factors in our life such as career, relationships, spirituality and exercise we are able to tap into our true selves and live lives we love.

As the holidays approach and the seasons change they bring a barrage of mixed emotions, responsibilities, excitement and our body, mind and spirit respond accordingly. I’d like to offer a bit of a toolkit for the season to navigate these changes and make the most of these special times and stick to your health goals too!

With all of the parties approaching, we often look forward to indulging. Be sure to make veggies the star of your plate and respect your body’s subtle messages. It’s ok to indulge a bit but try to steer free of the overeat/guilt/repeat cycle that many of us seem to experience, especially at the holidays.

For some of you there is fear or worry about what to eat at parties if you have a food sensitivity. If this is the case, be sure to bring something to share that you know you can eat! Believe it or not, people show up to Thanksgiving at our house every year excited about roasted Brussels Sprouts!! (Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables contain unique phytochemicals that detoxify and strengthen immunity.)

Along with the excitement comes stress. Pay attention to where you feel or hold stress in your body. Do you hold your breath? Are your shoulders tight? Are you up worrying at night? Observe. Simple breathing exercises can help to calm your nervous system and release stress. Try breathing in to the count of 5 or 6 and then exhaling for the same count. Repeat for 5 minutes or more. Visualize white light coming through the crown of your head emanating from within. Use a mantra. Feel gratitude. These added practices help you to tap into more subtle energy and raise your vibration (i.e. energy level).

I recently read an Anne Lamott quote that referred to a man who “built a cathedral inside himself”. By creating such a sanctuary within, using breath, awareness, stillness to access this place – we will have a space to return to when stress levels rise.

Stress and season change can also take a toll on our immune system.
Here are some of my staples for the season:

At the onset of a cold or if you are experiencing ear pain:
Garlic Ear oil (or Wally’s Ear oil) – heat a few tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a small pan. Add one garlic clove and warm until it sizzles, turn off heat. Remove garlic and store oil in a small glass bottle with a dropper. Apply 3 drops, warm to ears, preferably at night.

Add turmeric to your food! It builds immunity, has amazing antioxidant capacity and helps to reduce inflammation, to name a few!

Try Turmeric Tea:

• Bring four cups of water to a boil.
• Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste (borrowed from

Indian ginseng – Ashwaghanda – strengthens immune system

Oil of Wild Oregano – a powerful natural antibiotic.

A good probiotic – strengthens gastrointestinal tract and increases immunity.

Drink warm water with lemon and/or ginger. This helps to drain your lymphatic system, detoxify and ginger strengthens immunity and digestion.

Finally, listen to your body. Your intuition is always subtly guiding you toward balance and wholeness. Trust your hunches, listen to your cravings. Rest, journal, celebrate, be thankful.

I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know your thoughts or if I can support you in your health goals!

* Please note that April Martino/Well Integrative Health & Healing do not replace the advice of a physician or other medical professional recommends checking with your physician before following the above suggestions or changing any medication or making dramatic lifestyle changes. April is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and has been trained to offer dietary and lifestyle modifications to improve health.



You can find April on her website and on Facebook, where you can contact her for Holistic Health Coaching, speaking engagements, etc.

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  1. Ashlae says:

    I needed this post, as I’ve been stressing out about hosting our first Thanksgiving meal (Will there be enough dessert? Are people going to like the sides?) But! I’m particularly excited about the little tidbit on Brussels – I’ve been going back and forth between them and green beans, worrying that some people might not like Brussels. But Brussels sprouts, it is 😉

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