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December Newsletter
In This Issue
Maintaining your Sanity
Aduki Beans with Squash
4 Day Group Cleanse
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The Holidays are a wonderful time of getting together with friends and family, but they can also be pretty stressful. I've provided some tips for maintaining your sanity through the holidays - I hope you find them helpful!

Have you made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier or lose weight? The 4 Day Group Cleanse is a perfect way to start! This is a teleclass, so you can join the group from anywhere. Group support is unbelievably helpful for making dietary changes.

Next month I am excited to teach a Shiatsu massage workshop on January 25 and a Nutrition/Yoga workshop on January 27. Both workshops will be held at Black Lotus Yoga studio in Central Square. More details soon!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, happiness and good food.

Liz Vequist

Maintaining your Sanity

The Holidays can be a stressful time. As it gets colder and there are less daylight hours, our natural inclination is to sleep more and do less. Ironically, this time of year demands more of us - more parties, late hours, shopping for gifts, holiday decorating, and entertaining. How can we maintain our balance and sanity?
  • Sometimes saying no is the best option - decide which parties and events are truly important to you and say no to the rest.
  • Extra parties can mean an abundance of food and drink which adds a lot of extra calories. Eating a big lunch or small snack before events will keep you from over-indulging. Decide how much you're going to drink ahead of time and stick to it. You will thank yourself the next day.
  • Organize your gift list and create a gift budget. You will feel less stressed if you create a plan ahead of time. If you have less to spend this year, think about crafty or homemade alternatives to store bought gifts.
  • Get your sleep. How much sleep do you really need? Do you need more sleep this time of year? Give yourself the gift of sleep.
  • Create a Nurture Menu. What are simple things you can do to nurture yourself? Make a list and when you're feeling stressed take a look at it and give yourself the nurturing you need. Here are some ideas from my menu: talk to a friend, take a bath, meditate, play a happy song, enjoy a cup of tea, go for a walk, or repeat a positive affirmation.
  • Take a few minutes to breath deeply. Take a deep breath into your belly and slooowly exhale. Visualize all of your stress, anxiety and worry release with your breath. Repeat 5-10 times. Check in with yourself to see how much calmer and more relaxed you feel with this simple exercise. This can be done anywhere!
Aduki Beans with Squash
This is one of my favorite macrobiotic recipes as it is super easy to make and sooo satisfying. I recommend serving this with brown rice for a grounding hearty meal.

This is a great time to make this recipe as you can still get fresh local acorn squash from the market. Aduki beans are very nourishing to the kidneys and adrenal glands while the squash is beneficial to the stomach, spleen and pancreas, helping to keep blood sugar even and stabilize your mood. A great way to combat sugar cravings! Kombu is a sea vegetable, which helps soften the beans making them more digestible and is also rich in minerals. Aduki beans are also one of the least gaseous of beans!

4-6 inch piece of kombu (seaweed)
1 can aduki beans
2 cups hard winter squash (acorn or butternut) cut into chunks (unpeeled if organic)
1 teaspoon tamari soysauce

Put the piece of kombu in pan and cover with water. Heat to boiling and simmer until kombu is tender (should take less than 5 minutes). Take the kombu out of the pan and slice it into small pieces and place them into a pot. Add the beans, cut up squares of squash and enough water to cover the beans and squash. Cook for 20 minutes. Add sea salt and/or tamari soy sauce. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until squash is tender. Tastes delicious with brown rice!

Using Dry Beans
Soak both the beans and kombu overnight. Remove the kombu and slice it into small pieces and place them into a pot with the beans. Cover the beans with water. Bring to a boil uncovered. When it boils, strain off any foam from the top. Let the beans boil for about 5 minutes uncovered, allowing the gases to release into the air. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the beans for 40 minutes, adding water if necessary. Add the squash and follow the rest of the directions above.
4 Day Group CleanseCleanse
Teleclass - call from anywhere!
$40 if you sign up by Jan. 1

Start the New Year off right with a group cleanse via telephone in January. This is the perfect time to detox after holiday indulgences. If you've never done a cleanse, this is a great way to start. We will be doing an Ayurvedic cleanse which can be done anytime of the year. The materials are inexpensive and easy to get from the Indian grocery store.

1st call:  Thurs. Jan. 8 - 8:00pm
Cleanse:  Mon. Jan. 12 - Thurs. Jan. 15
2nd Call:  Thurs. Jan. 15 -

The first call will give you information about cleansing, prepare you for the cleanse and answer any questions that you have about the cleanse. There will be online group support during the cleanse. The final call will be an opportunity to talk about your experiences during the cleanse and learn how we can use this experience to create new healthy food choices for the new year.

What are some of the benefits of cleansing?
  • Increased energy.
  • Weight loss.
  • Clearer thinking.
  • Fresh start to new eating habits.
  • Opportunity to release attachments to caffeine, sugar, dairy.
Included in the cost:
  • Two 45 minute teleclasses.These will be recorded, so if you can't make both calls you can still participate.
  • Handout with cleanse instructions and recipe.
  • Online group support during the cleanse.
  Cost: $50/$40 registration by Jan. 1
Register by contacting Liz @ 617.459.9817

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