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By Ma’at Seba
SUN COLUMNIST
                                      The holidays are usually a time for lots of festivities and 
                                 especially eating lots of food. Unfortunately, people have a 
                                 tendency to overindulge in their eating which can result in 
                                 indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, bloating, feeling tired and 
                                 sleepy etc. Everyone loves a delicious meal but it shouldn’t 
                                 cause discomfort afterwards, so why not make this season a 
                                 healthier one by making different food choices, start by:
                                 • Incorporating a lot of high fiber foods – including raw fresh fruits 
                                   and vegetables (including the skins), brown rice (instead of 
                                   white rice), whole grains, bran and raisin muffins (instead of rolls and biscuits), a bowl of nuts and seeds (to snack on before the dinner), barley, dried beans, etc.  
• Try fish as the main meat of your meal which only takes a couple of hours to digest (followed by chicken or turkey), instead of beef which takes 2-4 days to digest, or pork which has parasites in it.
• Use a vegetable stock, or smoked turkey instead of pork as a vegetable seasoning base. Using green pepper, onion, olive oil, sesame seed oil, sea salt and pepper as the seasonings for any of your greens, or cabbage is an excellent substitute (most people think meat will be in it!)
• Cook with healthy oils (flax, extra virgin cold pressed olive or coconut) instead of corn, canola and vegetable oils.
• Eat cheese-less dishes or substitute the cheese with tapioca, veggie, or rice cheeses. 
• Reduce the amount of sugar in the desserts or substitute with a different kind of natural sugar (sucanat, raw cane, turbinado) or sweetner (agave, stevia). Also instead of having 3 or 4 different types of desserts, maybe only have one or two.
• Use “Kudzu” as a natural thickening agent instead of flour or corn starch. It has been used for centuries for suppressing alcohol cravings, lowering blood pressure, relieving headaches and has been used to treat alcoholism and gastrointestinal problems.
• Have some Peppermint and/or Ginger tea on hand for assisting in any stomach or digestion problems.
• Drink plenty of alkaline water (especially before the meal which will cut down on the amount of space in your stomach which will cause you to eat less). Also drink plenty of alkaline water after the meal to assist the body in its digestion and elimination process.  
• Take digestive enzymes, which breaks food down into a softer state to allow it to pass through the colon easier reducing the chances of constipation.  
  Some other helpful hints are to: take some natural fiber based colon cleansers a couple of days before and after your holiday dinner, exercise regularly to help metabolize and break down the fat in the body and drink plenty of alkaline water.
  Food for some people serves as an emotional pleaser, however the results usually end up with unwanted pounds. When that is the case, monitor your mental/emotional triggers which unconsciously stimulate your old eating behavior patterns sparking cravings and addictions. Also, be conscious of the types of people that you are around and their habits, which might cause you to lapse into the old addictive habits that you are trying to break.
     Eating for the holidays does not have to have unpleasant side effects; it is just a matter of choosing to make healthier choices. Create a plan of several alternatives of foods to eat that are satisfying and healthier, as well as discovering restaurants that serve ample choices of fruits, salads or vegetables. Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season!  
     Visit Loving Life Health Store at 15224 W. 7 Mile, Detroit, MI. 48235 Mon-Fri. 10-7 pm & Sat. 10 - 6 pm. Call (313)861-1118.

Have a healthy holiday
By Melody Thompson
SUN COLUMNIST
     More and more people are choosing to go meatless.
     If you're expecting vegetarians to dinner, it's easy to make a big deal about someone's dietary requirements, but fight the urge. 
     The vegan at your Thanksgiving dinner doesn't want to be made to feel like an outsider. Starting a big discussion based on what someone eats can make them feel very awkward and uncomfortable. If your guest voluntarily starts discussing their eating habits, feel free to engage. Like any other topic, though, you probably don't want to linger on it for too long.  
     There are two ways to look at preparing for vegetarian dinner guests. You can either make sure you have so many vegetarian side dishes that your non-meat-eating guests can make a meal of them, or you can include vegetarian main dishes out of respect for their meatless decision.
     A traditional Thanksgiving meal typically includes some vegetable sides. If you are having green beans, corn, peas or any other veggie, this will serve as a perfect side dish for your vegan guest. Just make sure you do not use butter or margarine on any veggie dishes. You can have butter on the table for guests who want it, but this allows anyone who avoids dairy to eat their veggies.  
     Another thing to consider is salad dressing. Avoid anything with dairy products or honey. A simple vinaigrette or just oil and vinegar will work well. Make sure to check the labels of any store-bought dressings to make sure they are vegan. There are a variety of things that can be added to the menu:
     Soup might not typically make an appearance during Thanksgiving dinner, but why not? People love soup. It is simple to make, and there are plenty of vegan options that will also please your non-vegan guests.
  Fruit is the perfect food to serve for all ages and for nearly every dietary restriction. Plus, you can just cut it up, put it in a bowl and it's done. It almost couldn't be easier. Actually, it could be easier. You could just put a bowl of grapes or apples on the table. That involves nearly zero effort.
  Thanksgiving isn't just about a meal. It's about hanging out with people you love.
     That means, you won't be at the dinner table the whole time. You'll want to have some snacks sitting out, while people are gathered around the TV to watch football or just sitting around chatting about life. Mixed nuts are a great snack that will appeal to your vegan guest as well as other Thanksgiving visitors.
       Another great snack option is hummus with veggies. Yes, I'll repeat it — veggies are your friend. Happy Thanksgiving!
  For additional information, email forveggiesake@yahoo.com.


For Veggies Sake
Health
What to know about COPD
(StatePoint) It claims a life every three to four minutes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
     The culprit: COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  Nationwide, more than 16 million people have been diagnosed with this debilitating lung disease, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. But millions of others likely have COPD and don’t know it, as symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time.
     Shortness of breath, chronic coughing, wheezing and excess mucus—all can make even the most mundane tasks difficult, yet many people think these are just normal symptoms of aging or being out of shape.
  So, what are the chances you have COPD? Smoking, research has long shown, is the main risk factor for the disease. Some 75 percent of people who have COPD smoke or once smoked. But long-term exposure to lung irritants such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, and chemical fumes and dust—from both the environment and workplace—can be a risk factor, too. In some cases, genetics can play a role. 
  The good news is COPD is highly treatable and manageable. The bad news is, due to the slow progression of the disease, Americans often delay seeking help until the problem is severe, which can lead to serious, long-term disability.
     The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), together with federal and nonfederal partners, has developed the COPD National Action Plan, the first-ever blueprint for collective action to reduce the burden of the disease.
     With the action plan as a guide, NHLBI is working across the country to encourage earlier recognition of the disease. But it is giving particular attention to rural areas, where the disease is especially prevalent.
     According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COPD is almost twice as likely to affect people living in rural communities than in urban ones. Because of this disparity, NHLBI is taking special steps to help rural residents get the advice it wants everyone to follow: learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, and if breathing issues are impacting even the most basic daily everyday tasks, see a health care professional, such as a primary care provider, nurse practitioner or other specialist. With a diagnosis and the proper treatment, people with COPD can learn to ably manage their condition.
     For more information about COPD and resources, visit NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better program at COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov.
  Talk to a health care professional as soon as breathing problems occur.