January 2018
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
Finding Wellness Newsletter
"Educate Yourself to Advocate for Yourself"
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May you have a year that is filled with love, laughter, brightness and hope.

The Finding Wellness Team
Amy, Nancy, Cheryl and Katie
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley

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TUESDAYS from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
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Food for Thought from Katie
Holiday Libations
Holiday beverages can pack on calories and lead to unwanted weight gain. Alcohol contains seven calories per gram and ingredients in many holiday drinks add extra sugar and fat.
Here's a list of celebratory drinks and lighter substitutes that can help you avoid the unwanted pounds on New Year's Day.

Instead of...                                  Try This...

Eggnog, 8 oz. (440 cal)           Apple cider, 8 oz. (117 cal)
White Wine, 6 oz. (155)          Cranberry juice & soda, 8oz. (116)
Bloody Mary, 8 oz. (400)       Mimosa, 6 oz. (125)
Frappuccino, 12 oz. (350)      Coffee (8oz.), Bailey's (1.5oz.) (135)
Mulled Wine, 8 oz. (250)        Sangria, 8 oz. (230)
Hot Buttered Rum (350)        Gingerbread Prosecco (180)
It is recommended that older adults consume no more than 1 alcoholic drink per day for women and 2 per day for men. Sticking to this guideline will also help you keep calories under control at gatherings. In general, a non-alcoholic version of your favorite holiday libation is an easy way to cut calories and savor the season with less guilt!

Detox Hot Toddy

  • 7 ounces hot tea                                    
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  1. In an Irish coffee mug, add the honey, lemon, and spices.
  2. Top with hot, freshly brewed tea.
  3.  Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Tip: While waiting for your tea to brew, pour the extra water from your teapot into the glass or mug you will be using. This will warm up the mug and keep your Toddy hot longer. Dump the water before building the drink.
From : www.thespruce.com

Katie is Senior Support's Healthy Lifestyles Program Nutrition Educator

Laughter as Medicine

Sure, it's fun to share a good laugh. But did you know it can actually improve your health? It's true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, though, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness-and even add years to your life.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Laughter burns calories. OK, so it's no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn about 40 calories-which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.

To read the full article. click HERE.

Maybe this will make you laugh...
If you spent your day in a well, can you say your day was well-spent?

Thank you for being a participant in our Finding Wellness Program! 
The Finding Wellness Team

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