Vol. 9    Sweetheart Issue   Feb 2016

In this issue:

• Hello Again!
• What’s New?

Science of Love: Kissing
• This Month: Chocolate Benevolence
Feature Article: Reader's Digest-ion, Part 2 of 2
• Nourishing Recipes:
Susan's Super Bowl Chili Boats
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Hello Again!

Welcome everyone to the February
Sweetheart issue of From The HealthShrink! I want to thank so many of you for your comments with regard to my decision to not release a January newsletter. It obviously was not an easy decision to make. What seemed to resonate for most, including myself, was that I was practicing what I espouse. I always try to deliver my best but if doing something will result in excess stress, respect the situation and don’t force the issue. After much deliberation, I opted for and embraced the relaxation response and released a non-newsletter newsletter. By the way, I received 1 reply which made me laugh. The sender suggested from now on that I always take off from writing the newsletter during December. I will definitely keep that in mind for next year. At any rate, I’m feeling great now and truly appreciate your understanding and support. Thank you!!

February is set in the
dead of winter, yet there’s so many special events going on around us to enjoy and feel alive! And, not being a major lover of the cold, I’m delighted to have options that offer festivities and fun with people. Read below in What’s New and you’ll see what I’m referring to. And, I don’t even cover the fab outdoor sporting events that are available like skiing, snowshoeing, (which I am doing above), ice skating, etc. Still, with regard to exercise, I’m getting outside everyday with our darling canine daughter, Rosie, and am thoroughly enjoying walking through our local park together. Pleasurable movement, fresh air, outdoor beauty and bonding time all free of charge. Now, that’s a deal!

Of course, the
Sweetheart issue is dedicated to all of us on Valentine’s Day! Whether we’re in a romantic relationship or not isn’t really the point. I think if we look over the course of the year, we can usually remember someone who was kind, helpful or friendly. That person may certainly qualify as a Valentine as far as I’m concerned, even if privately in our own heart or thoughts. For a Valentine that you’d like to show your affections to openly, chocolate may be the perfect gift. But, before heading out to your local chocolate shop, please read, Chocolate Benevolence in This Month. It may influence your chocolate selections so that your Valentine can enjoy a delicious and healthy treat!

Moreover, as part of this
Sweetheart issue, I’ve included an interesting video called The Science of Love: Kissing. This short video speaks to some of the ways that kissing is nurturing to our well-being. So, between chocolate and kissing benefits, Valentine’s Day offers lots of good news for our bodies, hearts and souls.

Another big event of the month of course is the
Super Bowl! Yep, whether a football fan or not, somehow many seem to show up for the end-of-season party. Of course, besides the Game, big draws that day include the commercials, the people, and the food. Well, I have good news for you. In this month’s Nourishing Recipes: Susan’s Super Bowl Chili Boats, you’re going to have access to a half-time dish that’s destined to be a Super Bowl champ! Always tasty, and loaded with protein and love, Chili Boats are the bomb. Touchdown!!

After eating perhaps a bit too much chocolate and
Super Bowl food, it’s also well-timed to publish Part 2 of 2 of Reader’s Digest-ion, this month’s Feature Article. If you haven’t had a chance yet to read Part 1 of 2 in this series, you can find it on our website here.  Reading both pieces provides a unique and interesting perspective on this important topic that is all too often overlooked.

Well my friends, I’ll get out of your way now and let you jump right into the rest of this newsletter. If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share, I’m always interested in hearing from you. Also, drop me a line if you’re interested in a FREE 20-minute telephone or Skype consultation about any weight loss or other health challenges you face.

All the best in good health!
    Susan D’Addario
    Certified Eating Psychology Coach
    Founder, The HealthShrink

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The Science of Love: Kissing.
What's New?

Feb 2nd: Ground Hog Day – Well Mr. or Ms. Groundhog, I have my fingers crossed for a cloudy day and an early spring arrival!! However, should you see your shadow and retreat back into your burrow, so be it. (A lot of us human folks do that as well!) It will just give us more of a chance to take note of winter’s blessings and beauty. And, spring alas will arrive when the time is right.

Feb 7th:
Super Bowl 50! – I’m not particularly a football fan, but like many, I do enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a fun way to get together with people to cheer and groan out loud! What a wonderful way to release happy hormones!! I totally get into the game, the commercials, and the food. (Don’t forget to look over our Nourishing Recipes: Susan’s Super Bowl Chili Boats for an easy to prep and great half-time meal.) This time round, I also plan to check out the adorable Puppy Bowl! It’s nourishing for our mental and body health to mindfully plan fun activities in the company of others. And, we have that opportunity more than once this month.

Feb 8th:
Chinese New Year- It’s time for the year of the Red (Fire) Monkey! Amazingly, Chinese New Year has been going on for more than 4,000 years! As 1 of the most important festivals in China, it’s a time for the whole family to reunite, (similar to the Western holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and others). Interestingly, Chinese New Year used to be celebrated to fight against the monster Nian who enjoyed eating children and livestock. (Yikes!) Nian though was afraid of the color red and loud noise. So, people made sure to decorate their houses in red and set off lots of noisy firecrackers. Nowadays, in addition to China, there are many celebrations of this festival in Chinatowns across the USA. Looking for some fun, play and tasty food? Check out your local Chinese New Year happenings and enjoy!

Feb 9th: Mardi Gras - French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the long-term tradition of eating richer, fatty foods right before fasting for Lent. I’m sure you’re familiar with the festivities. There’s lots of eating, mask and costume wearing, dancing, parades, etc. I remember the Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy, (their Mardi Gras). The main drag was full of people in costume and big floats were parading down the promenade. What fun! Of course, in the States, Mardi Gras is especially famous in New Orleans, LA. If you can’t leave town to join the bigger carnivals, then take in some local fun. Many neighborhood restaurants host spirited Mardi Gras evenings. Grab a friend, smile and go!

Feb 14th: Valentine’s Day- This is a day for all of us to stop and appreciate our loved ones as well as to recognize our own selves as deserving of that love! Given that chocolate is as popular as ever to gift to a Valentine, please check out the very timely piece, Chocolate Benevolence, in This Month brought to you by The HealthShrink! This is the Sweetheart issue after all!

Feb 15th:
President’s Day – Regardless of whichever political party we may or may not belong to, it’s a fine time to appreciate the efforts of our forefathers who’ve worked diligently, alongside others, to make our country great! Thank you Mr. Presidents!

Also, this evening some may enjoy settling into viewing the
Grammy Awards. Music of all kinds makes the world a better place. Certainly in our home it does! Each evening while dining, Janet and I enjoy the company of softly playing jazz music. It’s just part of what we do to greatly appreciate a loving and relaxed meal.

Feb 28th:
The Academy Awards – This awards event in the acting world is the equivalent to the Super Bowl in American football. It’s a time for the best of the best to be recognized for outstanding achievement in their respective categories. For the remainder of us, should we please, it offers another opportunity to gather around and cheer with friends and family. Yay! (I just wish every profession were as appreciated and recognized in the world as sports and acting. In reality, we are all special and irreplaceable! Deep healing breath in.)

PS The current on the table discussion of racial disparity, in at least this year's selections of nominees, offers us the opportunity to rise above and to grow together. Communication, understanding, and goodwill are healing.

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This Month: Chocolate Benevolence!
Valentine’s Day (February 14th) - With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time when many select a loving gift for a dear friend, colleague, relative or significant other. I completely support this old-fashioned, thoughtful and giving tradition as it promotes healthy hormone release and well-being for both the giver and receiver. While roses and jewelry are always on the Top-10 Gift List for demonstrations of our Valentine affections, giving chocolate is ever popular as well. And, when a clean version of the beloved cacao bean is used, I LOVE the idea of gifting chocolate to a Valentine! In short, the right kind of chocolate is not only delicious but provides us with numerous health benefits as well.

Here's what I mean.

Feature Article: Reader's Digest-ion,
Pt 2 of 2

Susan D'Addario, The HealthShrink, Certified Eating Psychology Coach

Holiday season has passed and most of us are likely back to our standard eating patterns. So, how are you feeling with regard to your digestion day-in and day-out? For many, including myself, belly size can fluctuate on a fairly steady basis. At times our gut is flat or bloated and other times hard or soft. Or, we might have a comfortable feeling inside our bellies compared to other times when there is a sense of discomfort or pain.

The first step for each one of us is to pay attention and become more
mindful about our bellies and how we feel. When is it that we feel most comfortable? What time of day? What have we eaten?  Likewise, when is it that we feel less comfortable? When, where and what have we eaten? We want to be aware not just of the individual foods that may bother us but also of the food combinations our personal digestion experiences as challenging. Perhaps we’ve had a stressful event take place and our digestion has locked down? Well, what about if we’re chronically stressed? What will that do to us and how we feel?

Nourishing Recipes
(Organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, local, wild, gluten-free, and love!)
Susan's Superbowl Chili Boats

Janet and I love chili, yet in all of our years together, (23 now!), and ever since I've been cooking, somehow I'd never made chili before - until now! Yep. I got bit by a strong desire to create an organic, gluten-free version of this food we love. And then I went to town.

I googled and looked over multiple on-line recipes, (which I encourage everyone to do), and honed in on several. From those suggestions, as well as a few of my own ideas, I've created this really delicious and super healthy chili recipe' perfect for
Super Bowl Sunday and any other time as well. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! (This recipe' uses grass-fed beef. Feel free to use your clean protein of choice - turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, bison, etc!)

For Recipe...

Time to close my friends with this month's,

Healing Thought: The most helpful nutrient for an eating challenge is Vitamin L - Love.
-M. David

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