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December 21, 2017

Wrap it Up!

It’s about time to wrap it up – the last of the holiday gifts, your yearly To-Do list, the final expenditures of the year, all of your accomplishments, wishes and dreams for 2017 – wrap it up! The year will be over in less than two weeks. If there’s anything you MUST finish before next year, now is the time. I think I’ll just nap!
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Nap
My father-in-law used to swear by the power nap. He came home for lunch, took a power nap, then went back to the office. He could see more patients in a day than any other doctor I’ve known, so maybe there was something to it.

Sleep organizations tout the health benefits of zapping stress and boosting your mood while making you more alert. My motivation is more that it seems a little bit naughty to nap during the workday and I’ve been way too nice this year. Plus, I read in a Men’s Health magazine article that napping after learning something can make my memory of what I learned five times better so a nap just makes sense.

Rest
If you’re not napping, and you don’t sleep enough at night, you’re in good company. According to the CDC, more than a third of us don’t get enough sleep. Sleeping less than 7 hours per day is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and obesity.

Perhaps a contributing factor is that few of us have learned to rest. We fill every moment with work, sports, shopping, kids activities, partying, hobbies, travel, or bombarding thoughts of work, sports, shopping, kids activities, partying, hobbies, and travel. When our minds don’t know how to rest, our bodies have difficulty sleeping.

Regroup
Taking time to reflect on the state of our lives throughout the past year can lead to the insight that it’s time to regroup. A little courage and determination can lead to a happier, less hurried, and more productive 2018. Just think of it as organizing the closet of your mind.

Once I have things reordered in a way that supports the things I value, I’m able to create the life I want. It doesn’t always happen in a moment, but at least I know that I will be supported during the process. That can make all the difference in whether I get from point A to point B.

Rejuvenate
Napping, resting, and regrouping contribute to feeling revived, energized, and de-stressed. They may even make you look younger. I like to think so.

Move forward
Next year, my focus is on finding a path to joy. I know the feelings of fun, laughter, inspiration, awe, and reverence. I’m lacking in what it means to feel carefree, blissful, unhinged exuberance. Once I find the way to joy, I know I’ll want to wrap it up!

https://sleep.org/articles/napping-health-benefits/

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/napping

https://www.menshealth.com/health/21-health-benefits-of-napping

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html

November 30, 2015

10 Great Gluten-Free Gifts for the Food Lovers in Your Life

giftsAs more and more people embrace a gluten-free lifestyle, you may find yourself searching to find great gluten-free gifts for the food lovers in your life. There’s no need to focus on foods with a gluten-free label. Many foods are naturally gluten-free as well as delicious. If you’re looking for ideas, start with our top 10 favorites:
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1. Spices from Penzey’s
Long before I was gluten-free and it was possible to order online, I began giving Penzey’s gift packs as customer gifts. I love using the spices, so why wouldn’t I want to share! Packaged in a variety of combinations, the spices come in glass jars with black lids arranged in a perfectly tailored box for as little as $14.79. Individual spices and gift cards are also available. https://www.penzeys.com/

2. Harry & David Pears
Harry & David managed to squeak through some tough financial times and we’re so grateful! It doesn’t get any better than a perfectly ripe Royal Riviera® Pear. I let the juice run down my chin every time I bite into one. I just can’t help it! http://www.harryanddavid.com/
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3. Olive Oils and Vinegars from Strippaggio
You haven’t had balsamic vinegar until you’ve tried the Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Strippaggio. And then there’s the dark chocolate balsamic, blueberry balsamic, espresso balsamic, and many more – all delicious! And we can’t forget the Extra Virgin Olive Oils flavored with basil, lemon, jalapeño, and citrus. Give a sample pack of either 4 oils or 4 vinegars for about $25. https://strippaggioevoo.com/
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4. Zocalo Andean Heritage Flours
The natural boxes are cute, cute, cute and the flours are totally fun to play with. My favorites are the sweet potato and mesquite flours. The products are free of soy, gluten, dairy, and genetically engineered ingredients. They’re less than $10 and available from a variety of outlets including Amazon http://www.amazon.com/ and igourmet http://www.igourmet.com

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5. Scharffenberger Cacao Nibs & Cocoa Powder
I use the Cacao Nibs in my cheesecake crust. They add just the right touch of chocolate. The unsweetened cocoa powder flavors my favorite chocolate cake! You can also order a variety of gift sets. A tin of sweetened cocoa, a cute mug, and a candy cane would be perfect for the hot chocolate lover. http://www.scharffenberger.com/

6. Gourmet Gluten-Free Pasta from Pappardelle’s
The selection has changed since the last time I ordered, but there are several interesting options – Basil Garlic Penne, Garlic Chive Rooster Combs, Porcini Mushroom Large Trumpets, and Plain Mafaldine. Of course I’m most intrigued by the Dark Pasta Shavings that are not available this season. That’s okay. I can wait. There’s also a new 3 pack gift box for $40 and electronic gift cards to make things easy. http://www.pappardellespasta.com/products/dried-pasta/gluten-free-pasta

7. Snacks from Nuts.com
We order them for ourselves, why not for our friends! Nuts.com has a gluten-free menu link so it’s easy to choose the perfect snack of nuts, dried fruit, popcorn, candy, or veggie chips.There’s also a variety of coffees, teas, and sugar-free items, not to mention recipes and a gluten-free flour guide. https://nuts.com/

8. Taro Flavored Frozen Yogurt from Red Mango
I have no idea why a root vegetable makes for tasty frozen yogurt, but this flavor is the BEST!!! In fact, when they’re out of it no other flavor seems to suffice. Red mango yogurt retains the tangy taste of yogurt rather than the sweet taste of ice cream. For me, this is a real plus. Gift cards are available. http://www.redmangousa.com/

9. Bacon of the Month Club
We’ve ordered this for friends and they raved for years; problem is, they didn’t share a single piece of bacon with us. How crazy is that? Now there’s a specialized GF version so you don’t have to worry about the rubs and seasonings. http://www.baconfreak.com/bacon-is-meat-candy-bacon-club-gluten-free.html

10. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Blue Bell had a brief stumble this year. We’re glad to see they’ve resolved the problems and begun shipping again. We’ve been known to spend $125 in shipping cost just to get 4 gallons of Blue Bell to James in California. He loves it that much! http://bluebell.com/

As we push full speed ahead into holiday shopping craziness, I hope this list will help you save some time when you shop for the gluten-free amongst you.

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”