mediterranean diet
Grab your gonads, ease into winter & bacon wrapped dates.

I always struggle during this time of year as the seasons change. My body just does NOT do well adjusting to the cold. Over the years I've come up with a few things to ease the transition from fall to winter that I hope you find helpful along your own journey.

5 Ways How to Ease the Transition from Fall to Winter:

Get cozy warm. Not only do I start to layer my clothes so that I stay toasty warm during the day (thank goodness for Cuddleduds!), but I make sure to warm things up in my kitchen. Ice is no longer used in drinks or smoothies. I enjoy things hot, warm or at room temperature. I love roasting vegetables and adding them to my meals more often then enjoying them raw (since raw foods are cooling). I add spices like ginger, turmeric and cayenne to my meals/drinks to warm me from the inside out.

Sesame oil for skin & nose. I keep a small dropper bottle of organic sesame oil in my bathroom and next to my bedside so that I can put about 3 drops of sesame oil into each nostril after I use the neti pot or before going to sleep. Sesame oil is soothing to the sinuses and beneficial for anything above the neck (ears, nose, throat, eyes). It keeps the nasal passages warm, moist, and can help keep you from getting sick!

Sip on hot water all day long. I love starting my day with a cup of hot water with half the juice of a lemon, a few shakes of turmeric, a dash of cayenne pepper and sea salt with 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil - this warms me right up and gets things moving (if you know what I mean!). After that it's tulsi tea and/or hot water all day long. The hot water helps to break up congestion in the sinuses all while hydrating the body. I find that I stop drinking water in the colder months since it's not hot out, so this is an easy and great way to stay hydrated.

Turn the humidifier on. The cold weather dries everything up! My skin becomes flaky and itchy so I'm sure to love it up with warming oil like sesame or almond oil after a shower. My curls turn into a limp mess of waves without any humidity in the air so I make sure to run my humidifier while I sleep to help replenish my skin and hair with the moisture it's missing. This is also helpful for the sinuses.
This was the best picture I could get of Lammer's mustache for Movember. I've taken a bunch head on but because I'm laughing so hard at his mustache while taking it they all come out blurry - teehee! Are you or someone you know growing out their mustache for men's health this month?

Rest more. This probably should be have been #1! As annoying as daylight savings time is, I always welcome it in the fall since it reminds me to rest more once it gets dark earlier. Winter is a time for us to slow down, hunker down, cuddle up and hibernate. This is easy to forget as we're wrapped up in social gatherings around the hectic holidays, but it's crucial for our good health.

How do you do with the change of the seasons?
Take good care and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!



Lauren F. Grogan
Holistic Health Coach
Registered Yoga Teacher
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Bacon Wrapped Dates

"Say what? I thought this girl preached health and wellness?!" (I know you just said that in your head as you read the title of this month's recipe.)  Believe it or not fat from bacon, butter, raw dairy, even lard are extremely healthy animal fats that nourish our bodies! They keep our skin supple, moisturized and glowing. They keep us satiated and satisfied.  They make our cells strong by providing nutrients. They help to manage our blood sugar levels. They're crucial to our good health. 


Everything that we've been told about the dangers of fat and cholesterol is wrong. If you've been staying away from natural fat and choking down highly processed substitutes for the real thing I've got some awesome news: natural, unrefined fat is perfectly healthy. Especially fat from properly raised animals. So make yourself a three-egg omelet with all the yolks. Enjoy butter melted over your veggies. Your body, your skin, and your brain will thank you!  


Want the recipe?  Click here for it and to learn the difference between good and bad bacon... 

Grab Your Gonads!

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month so I gave a huge shout out to the ladies with women's health. But November is all about prostate health so it's time to talk about the guys. If you're not already taking part of Movember, be sure to check out the site below for loads of amazing information on men's health and a fun way to spread the word! 


Grab Your Gonads (<---great infograph, HAHA!)


Don't be fooled by Monsanto commercials
Monsanto = Poisoning people since 1901. 
Remember those ridiculous high fructose corn syrup commercials? Those public relations ads were from the Corn Refiner's Association where the "stupid" parent raises a concern and the "smart" parent says, "What? That it's made from corn, that it's natural and like sugar, it's fine in moderation?"  Totally ridiculous, and not true!

Well, Monsanto apparently wants you to forget over one hundred years of genocidal history. In their commercials they want you to be a part of the "conversation" during their global takeover of food. Read more here...
Lauren's Bloggings & Archive 
Here's what I've been blogging about during this past month:

Health, yoga & self-love
Why I don't eat out often.
Meal planning secret: Make your health you #1 priority!
Romanesco Salad

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