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CULLINANE: Got holiday stress?

Most of us get caught up with the hustle and bustle of the holidays instead of enjoying this time of the year. We get all stressed out and exhausted with all the shopping, cooking and events that take place in our lives.

How can you step back, and take time to celebrate the simple things and the big things in your life? Like yourself, good friends, co-workers, family and traditions at such a special time of the year!

You might be thinking, easier said than done, and this is when a good reminder comes in with this "survive the holidays" guide.

Make the most of it by:

1. Self-care, getting enough sleep, 7-8 hours a night will rejuvenate and balance your body.

2. Keep your mind on the positive side. Louise Hay has wonderful affirmations cards and wonderful books, "I accept all the parts of myself." "All is well in my world." "I'm surrounded with love, joy, health and peace." Focus on your accomplishments instead of what didn't get done.

3. Move your body, go for a walk, exercise, try a FREE week of yoga at the Academy of Yoga or play ping-pong, jump rope, etc.

Try the following exercise supplied by Community Hospital and the Mesa County Health Department:

Jump Rope Circuit "AMRAP" (as many rounds as possible)

• Warm up and stretch (at least 5 minutes)

• 10-minute jump rope AMRAP followed by 10-minute circuit of following exercises:

• 50 double under or 100 singles

• 20 jumping jacks

• 20 crunches

Stretch and cool down for 10 minutes

Total workout time: 35 minutes

Calories burned: 340-500 calories (depending on body weight, speed, etc.)

4. Connect with family and traditions; express your love and gratitude to those you love who might be sometimes taken for granted; nurture and be nurtured. Voice your good feelings; it is always good to hear: "I love you!"

5. Prepare for the holidays by doing a three-day cleanse, (whole foods cleanse) prior and following the holiday indulgence. Try the recipe included in this column. Tip: Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins and stay hydrated. We recommend eight glasses per day for maximum cleansing!

6. Enjoy the festivities with the meals prepared with Vitamin L (LOVE), despite the food selection. Eat without guilt. It is not the things you do once in a while that are bad for you but the "bad" things you do on a daily basis.

For more resources such as the three-day cleanse, visit

1 carrot, cut into cubes

1 parsnip, cut into cubes

1 small sugar pumpkin, cubed

6 small butternut squash, cubed

2-6 cups vegetable stock

2 tbs. olive oil

Pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger), to taste

Sea salt, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place all cubed vegetables on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt

and pumpkin pie spice.

3. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until tender.

4. In two batches, use a food processor or blender to blend vegetables with enough vegetable stock to reach a smooth consistency. Once processed, transfer to a soup pot on low heat, stirring in more stock until desired consistency is reached.

5. Season with more pumpkin pie spice and salt, to taste.

6. Enjoy!

Winter Squash:

These gourds are rich in fiber which aids in digestion and heart-health, and are also high in beta-carotene and vitamin C.

Pumpkin: Packed with vitamins and carotenoids, pumpkin is also high in fiber and will help you flush out toxins.

Cloves: A powerful detoxifier, clove contains a variety of phytonutrients making it an anti-inflammatory as well.

Monica Cullinane, certified health coach, has a private practice coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss and stress reduction. Additionally, she teaches yoga, presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy balanced life. She is available for a FREE initial consultation at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado ( Call 970-245-6911 to schedule appointment.

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